Conveniently situated close to Heraklion, the island’s capital, Hersonissos is a perfect base to explore the city and visit the surrounding areas and one of Greece’s most accessible and friendly locations and can be reached:
The ride from the airport of Heraklion to Hersonissos takes about 25 minutes. Keep in mind that you can even book a direct charter flight from many European cities straight to Crete during the summer.
Hersonissos boasts sandy stretches of coastlines, crystal-clear waters, and natural landscapes for unforgettable days at the beach. Explore the Southeast coast of Hersonissos boasting a long, perfect stretch of beach, or the northern coastline, which is dotted with secluded little beaches and impressive coves. Make sure you bring along sun protectors, as the temperatures in the area tend to get high, and you might get burned even while casually walking around the city. There are plenty of beaches worth visiting in and around Hersonissos. Enjoy the city’s port beach or head to Cape Sarandaris, one of Hersonissos’ nicest and most protected beaches, which also caters to those who love naturism. If you don’t mind driving, Stalida and Malia beach should also be a must-see on your beach tour itinerary.
Explore the history of the scenic Cretan town of Hersonissos and follow its evolution through time. Built in the 16th century by members of the Venetian Republic as a place to vacation and entertain the upper class, the old town boasts a marvelous location overlooking sheer rock cliffs and offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Finding its roots in the Minoan times, Hersonissos is an area of major historical significance, attracting locals and tourists from all over the globe. Explore the port turned into a small fishing village in the late 1950s when people developed an ever-increasing interest in its tourist hosting capabilities. Nowadays, the city offers a myriad of sights, sounds, and tastes to explore – from Venetian-style stone houses and tree-lined streets to street performers and festivals perfect for those who love to revel in the outdoors. The town is home to many ancient ruins dating back to the times of the Minoans and is dotted with churches, shops, and restaurants offering plenty of opportunities for daily excursions.
Hersonissos offers many opportunities for sightseeing, culinary journeys, entertainment, shopping, and even wellness activities. Whether you are traveling with your family, friends, or significant other, there are several unique experiences to indulge in.