With Heraklion being the largest urban area on the island of Crete the city offers the most comprehensive range of options for hitting the shops.
Be it shopping for food, clothes, gifts, electrical goods, jewellery or getting into town to buy furniture or supplies for your home here we break down each aspect of shopping and give you a guide on where to go to get the best from your time.
Internet or online shopping exists in Greece but is not as prevalent as in countries such as the UK, the USA or Western Europe so the act of getting out and about to shop is still the most common way of obtaining what you need. The great aspect of shopping in Crete is that the locals are loyal to local business so unlike other countries who have adopted the large international shopping chains in Crete you will find a few chain stores but also a large mix of vibrant and helpful independent outlets that offer a high quality range of goods and an excellent personal service.
So get out there and delve into all that Heraklion has to offer you won't be disappointed.
Social / Gift / Clothes Shopping: If you want to get into the city have and have a browse for gifts or clothes or just be social and have a spot of lunch along the way the very centre of the city is where to go. Unless you go early parking will become a challenge as more of the centre has now been pedestrianised (making the centre shopping experience much better) but also pushing the cars parking to visit the centre further out of town. Driving directly to the centre around Eleftherias (Freedom Square) will leave you in traffic probably stressed and unable to park so look to park either:
In the car parks or road side pots on Ikarou Street as you approach the walls towards Freedom Square or enter the marina at the old port turning 1st exit right off of the roundabout with the fountain at Nearchou Street for the car park there. Alternatively you can look to park around the Georgiadi Park along Trikoupi Street where there is street parking and paid car parks.
Once you have set down then head for Dikeosinis Street where it meets Freedom Square at the Astoria Hotel. The street has recently been pedestrianised and has a Zara, Marks & Spencer (yes the UK chain) and a Jack & Jones along with other clothes and electrical shops.
Once you've explored here to do a circuit of the main shopping streets turn left up 1866 Street through the bazaar with it's gift shops, jewellery and hat stands.