Kokkini Hani is located 15km west of Heraklion, west of Vathianos Kambos. The area is a very well developed resort, surrounded by the many crops cultivated in the plain of the area. The name of the site means “Kokkinis’s Inn” and is taken after an inn that operated here in the early 1900s, by someone called Kokkinis. This inn was popular to the travelers, who stopped at this point to spend their night during their journey to Heraklion.
The area has many beaches, protected by artificial small piers. The beaches are sandy and have shallow turquoise waters. Most beaches are formed in front of hotels, but access is open to everyone. The area is full of shops and restaurants and all beaches are well organized with umbrellas, lifeguards, water sports and the basic tourist infrastructure. The nightlife in Kokkini Chani is not particularly intense, especially compared to that of Malia and Hersonissos.