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Hersonissos east of Heraklion in Crete
Hersonissos has 2,970 permanent inhabitants and is located approximately
27 kilometres east of Heraklion. The town has a long history and
it is believed that there was a harbour here already during Minoan times.
Today, mass tourism completely dominates and there are not many traces
left of the ancient Hersonissos. Two relics from the ancient Hersonissos
are the ruins of a very old basilica (church) and the remains of a mosaic.
The basilica is located on the peninsula at the marina, and the mosaic
is found on the waterfront.
A part of the waterfront in Hersonissos.
Hersonissos is one of Crete's largest tourist resorts, and the absolutely largest in eastern Crete. Young people - and a lot of adults for that matter - travel here from all over Europe to sunbathe, swim and party. The resort has more than enough of bars and discos.
The waterfront and the beach of Hersonissos.
It's a paradise for those who like late nights. Much revolves around the waterfront lined with tavernas, restaurants, bars, cafes and discos. Of course, there are also shops of all kinds, as well as McDonald's for those who want to exchange the souvlaki for a Big Mac.
The beaches are okay, but nothing to write home about. There is a long narrow beach to the left (see picture below) of the marina, and some smaller beaches (see picture above to the right) along the coast.
The beach of Hersonissos.
A variety of boat trips departs every day from the port of Hersonissos. For example to the small cute coastal village of Sissi and to the not so cute party resort of Malia, as well as to the beaches of Analipsi and Anissaras.
If you like water sports parks you can go to Acqua Plus Water
Park about 5 kilometres southwest of Hersonissos. Read more about the
water park on their website: www.acquaplus.gr.
ACCOMMODATION IN HERSONISSOS
The range is gigantic. Many of the hotels are pre-booked by the package companies, but there are also many accommodation options for those travelling independently.
Book hotels in Hersonissos here »
The large beach in Hersonissos.
Hersonissos is located 25 kilometres east of Heraklion Airport and about 40 kilometres west of Agios Nikolaos.
Not far from Hersonissos lies the Lasithi plateau which is a unique
place with about twenty small villages. Do not miss!
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