Kokkini Hani is located 14 km east of Heraklion. Heading east from Heraklion airport, the old national highway (old road) embraces the coastline and offers some spectacular views of the sea, and its often rugged shores.
After about eight kilometres, you'll wind your way up a rise in an outcropping of rock and, as you come out of the last curve, the impressive sight of Kokkini Hani is spread out like a smorgasbord of holiday delights.
The area of Kokkini Hani first became known in the early 1900s when several buildings were constructed, including a hani (pension), which was sort of a wayside inn for people and animals. Farmers, on the way to the Heraklion market with their olives, grapes and other products, would stop off to rest or spend the night, and have a meal. At the same time, their horses and donkeys would rest and be fed.
But it wasn't until as late as the early 60s, when full electricity and telephone services reached this part of Crete, and several hotels were built, that Kokkini Hani started to attract visitors and became known as a holiday resort.