Agia Pelagia lies 20km to the west of Heraklion and approximately 24km from the airport. It is a small, isolated resort which has been gradually developed in recent years and is based around a picturesque sandy bay. During the day there are watersports, sunbeds and sun umbrellas available at the beach and at night there are regular Greek nights at the local tavernas and hotel restaurants. There are local souvenir and jewellery shops in the town and a couple of discos too. There are a number of day trips available locally such as full day boat trips to Santorini and half day trips to Heraklion shopping and to the Palace of Knossos.