Kokkini Hani, like all the other villages on Crete's north coast hit by the tourist boom, once got its livelihood from fishing the Cretan Sea in small boats. A 15-minute drive east of the Heraklion airport, the drive there is scenic, and for most of its 14 kilometers offers great views of the sea. The village rolls itself out in a splendid panoramic view after about the 9th kilometer.
"Hani" is the Turkish word for "inn," and the place name comes from an inn situated there around the turn of the 20th century which serviced rural travelers going to and coming from Heraklion. "Kokkini" is "red" in Greek, but whether this was the Turkish version of the Red Roof Inn is highly debatable.
Kokkini Hani is a great destination for a relatively quiet vacation, which can be transformed into a more lively vacation by travelling just a few kilometers.