Worth a visit is Malia, on the north side of Crete.
Only about 35 km distance to Heraklion on the way to Agios Nikolaos.
Malia is the party place of Crete. Most people come here to have party and a lot of fun. Mainly british and skandinavians can be found here, but also german. There are a lot of bars nightclubs and fastfood restaurants.
The main attraction of Malia is the minoan Palace of Malia. Although this is visited by many tourists of other resorts in Crete. The minoan Palace of Malia is located a few kilometres outside of Malia.