Kokkíni Cháni (Kokkíni Háni - GR: Κοκκίνη Χάνι) is a beach resort located 14km east of the city of Heraklion, on the old national road from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos.
The beach from Vatheianos Kambos, to the west, to Gournes, to the east, is protected by small piers that in some places form small lagoons. It has fine sand and it is clean and well cared, with umbrellas and sun chairs, lifeguards and sea sports.
The central street is lined with taverns, restaurants, bars, shops etc while the seaside street is less busy and ideal for walking.
There are some large and luxury hotels and many smaller family owned ones, taverns, bars, restaurants, shops, rent a car offices and travel agents who offer a wide range of trips and tours. There is also a pharmacy, doctor's office and gas station.To Do
Kokkini Hani enjoys a nice relaxed pace of life
which is perfect for holiday makers needing to relax after a busy year. For intense nightlife options however Hersonissos is only a few minutes drive where there are more entertainments available.
A large water park is only 3,5kms from Kokinni Hani, at the village of Anopolis.
The archaeological site at Nirou Chani, located to the right hand entering the village, where a Minoan villa
(Megaron) was discovered. History
Kokkini Hani, meaning "The Inn of Kokkinis" owes its name to an inn that used to be here in the 19th century, when travellers to Heraklion had to spend the night outside the walls waiting for the gates of the city to open with the first daylight.
Kokkini Hani was first mentioned at the census of 1940 as a small fishing settlement, part of the municipality of Anopolis, with 6 inhabitants and later in 1970 with 125 inhabitants.
Since 1970 with the increase of tourism, Kokkini Chani, has developed into a modern tourist resort and a suburban area of Heraklion city.