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Holidays In Anissaras

Anissaras Holidays at a Glance

This resort is spread over a large area of sometimes hilly land - great for walkers. Situated approx 20 mins walk or 5 mins drive from the lively resort of Hersonissos. The rocky and pebbly beach is lined with 4 and 5 star hotels and plenty of friendly tavernas. The neighbouring resort of Analipsi is just along the beach, and has an abundance of tavernas and shops.

Who goes to Anissaras?
Those who want a quieter location but within easy reach of tavernas and nightlife. Families with older children and those who want to stay in the larger hotels.



Key Facts - Anissaras

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration4 hours (Approx)
  • Distance From Airport40 km
  • Airport Transfer (Taxi)30 mins

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Koutouloufari - Traditional charm ~ Peaceful

Amoudara - Great Beach ~ Relaxed

Aghios Nikolaos - Lively nightlife ~ Traditional charm

This charming village offers peace and tranquillity, along with a good selection of tavernas. Hersonissos is nearby.

Amoudara means “the huge sand” in Greek making this friendly resort with its 7km stretch of golden sand the ideal choice for beach lovers.

This picturesque and busy fishing town called Agios Nikolaos, is ideal for anyone seeking a lively fun-filled holiday, boasting an attractive harbour lined with open air cafes and tavernas, a beautiful lake and small sandy beaches.

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Malia 312X208

Hersonissos - Lively nightlife ~ Picturesque

Elounda - Traditional ~ Relaxed ~ Picturesque

Malia - Lively nightlife ~ Superb Beaches

Ranked as one of Crete’s liveliest resorts the cosmopolitan town of Hersonissos is well known for its scores of restaurants and bars.

Days can be spent relaxing on the sandy/shingle beach or visiting the old villages with their charming tavernas and pretty houses.

Just 10km North of Aghios Nikolaos lies the lovely resort of Elounda. With its attractive coastline, beautiful harbour area and spectacular views of Spinalonga Island,  Elounda was made famous as the setting of the film “Who Pays the Ferryman”.

The resort has retained all of its original Cretan charm and remains a tranquil spot in both early and late season, becoming lively in the height of the summer. 

Boasting one of the best sandy beaches on the island, Malia is divided into two distinctly contrasting parts. The old village with is lovely tavernas and typical old village style houses provides a relaxed atmosphere. The newer part of the town has developed along the road leading down to the beach. This resort really comes to life at night and is ideal for the young and lively.

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Stalis - Nightlife ~ Superb Beaches

Gouves – Relaxed ~ Traditional Charm

Bali - Picturesque ~ Traditional Charm

Stalis is a rapidly expanding resort situated between its livelier neighbours, Malia and Hersonissos. It has a vast expanse of beautiful sandy beach and a laid back atmosphere.

Gouves is situated on the north coast and is an excellent base for exploring this area. This small resort offers a relaxing environment although there is a choice of shops and restaurants.

Built around four coves, the fishing village offers an excellent choice of fish tavernas, especially around the quaint old harbour. Bali is situated on the north coast 35km from Rethymnon. It is an ideal spot from which to explore Crete.

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Rethymnon - Superb Beaches ~ Traditional Charm

Sissi - Relaxed~ Beaches ~ Picturesque

Plakias - Picturesque ~ Traditional town

Built around the harbour this contrasting resort offers a bustling atmosphere along with the traditional old part of the town. The vast expanse of beach starts right in the centre of town.

Only 30 minutes from Aghios Nikolaos and situated between Malia and Milatos, this small unspoilt resort offers an excellent choice for a slow, relaxed paced holiday with its pretty harbour.

Perfect for a relaxing sunshine holiday, Plakias situated in the southern coast line boasts a lovely sand and shingle beach complemented by calm, turquoise waters. Nightlife is low key.

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Chania - Lively resort ~ Picturesque

With fantastic views of the White Mountains, Chania is located on the most fertile side of the island. The picturesque Venetian harbour is lined with tavernas and is the perfect place to sample the excellent fish available. The best and most unspoilt beaches can be found the west of Chania.

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Samaria Gorges: Crete has the longest gorge in Europe and second in the world to the Grand Canyon. You get to it by a ferry and you stop on your way at a village called Lutra, only accessible by boat. The gorge cuts through the White Mountains. Apart from its beauty, the gorge is teeming with wildlife and there are incredible wildflowers during spring.

Knossos Palace: This palace, in a beautiful site just 5 kms southeast of Heraklion, is the most magnificent and evocative of Crete's Minoan sites. Admission is around 6 Euros, 4 Euros students with official ID and people of 65 or over. Apr to mid-Oct, open daily 8am-8pm. Mid-Oct to Mar, open from Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-3pm.

The Archaeological museum in Heraklion It is famous for its huge Minoan collection.
Opening times: April to mid-October: Tuesday to Sunday 8am-8 pm / Monday 12.30-8 pm. Mid - October to March: closes daily at 5 pm.
Around 10 Euros for adults and 6 Euros for students with official ID and people of 65 and over.

Chania: Stroll through the streets of Chania's old town, an intact neighbourhood of the original Venetian buildings. The fortifications date from the 13th century and its picturesque Venetian harbour is well worth seeing. Enter the 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco and lose yourself amid this vast collection of finds in the Archaeological Museum, dating from the neolithic to the Roman era. See jewellery, floor mosaics, statues, vases and painted sarcophagi from a late Minoan cemetery. There is also a Naval museum, as well as the Historical Archives of Crete.

Spinalonga Island - Made famous as the setting of the film 'who pays the ferryman?' Thousands of visitors come here every year to see the ruins of the Venetian Fortress and Leper colony. You take a boat ride over and you are given plenty of time to explore the island. It is a great place to enjoy a barbecue of real Greek food and have a swim in the beautiful water before heading back. A very relaxing day out.

Samaria Gorges: Crete has the longest gorge in Europe and second in the world to the Grand Canyon. You get to it by a ferry and you stop on your way at a village called Lutra, only accessible by boat. The gorge cuts through the White Mountains. Apart from its beauty, the gorge is teeming with wildlife and there are incredible wildflowers during spring.

Knossos Palace: This palace, in a beautiful site just 5 kms southeast of Heraklion, is the most magnificent and evocative of Crete's Minoan sites. Admission is around 6 Euros, 4 Euros students with official ID and people of 65 or over. Apr to mid-Oct, open daily 8am-8pm. Mid-Oct to Mar, open from Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-3pm.

The Archaeological museum in Heraklion It is famous for its huge Minoan collection.
Opening times: April to mid-October: Tuesday to Sunday 8am-8 pm / Monday 12.30-8 pm. Mid - October to March: closes daily at 5 pm.
Around 10 Euros for adults and 6 Euros for students with official ID and people of 65 and over.

Chania: Stroll through the streets of Chania's old town, an intact neighbourhood of the original Venetian buildings. The fortifications date from the 13th century and its picturesque Venetian harbour is well worth seeing. Enter the 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco and lose yourself amid this vast collection of finds in the Archaeological Museum, dating from the neolithic to the Roman era. See jewellery, floor mosaics, statues, vases and painted sarcophagi from a late Minoan cemetery. There is also a Naval museum, as well as the Historical Archives of Crete.

Spinalonga Island - Made famous as the setting of the film 'who pays the ferryman?' Thousands of visitors come here every year to see the ruins of the Venetian Fortress and Leper colony. You take a boat ride over and you are given plenty of time to explore the island. It is a great place to enjoy a barbecue of real Greek food and have a swim in the beautiful water before heading back. A very relaxing day out.

Popular activities during holidays in Anissaras include:-

  • Jet skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Rock climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Walking and hiking
  • Cycling.

    Fun Excursions while on Anissaras Holidays


    Make your holidays to Anissaras extra special by booking one of our wonderful excursions, we have a range of excursions that have been selected to cater for everyone's interests. Some of our most popular excursions are:-

    Spinalonga: This one is for the sailors and sun lovers amongst you. Interested? The come along with us to the haunting island of Spinalonga, an old Leper Colony!

    Chrissi Island: An exceptional day to a tropical paradise set in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea. Sunbathe on the wondrous beaches of unusual coloured sand.

    Unknown Crete: Travel through unspoilt villages where donkeys still travel the roads. Visit a local winery and see how wine is made with the chance to sample and buy.

    Cretan Night: If you love food, drink and dancing, then you will love this night out. As you enter the venue, the Cretan lifestyle takes over as the evening is given to plenty of eating, drinking and merry making as only the Greeks know how.

    Knossos: If you visit Crete and do not see the ancient palace of Knossos is compares to visiting Egypt and not seeing the pyramids. This is where European civilisation began with the dazzling Mineon people.

    Jeep Safari: Travel off the beaten track through traditional mountain villages - a real chance to see a taste of real Greece.

    Beach Party: Join your Olympic Reps on your very own sandy beach for an afternoon of partying in the sun! An hour and half free bar will get you in the mood to join in some wild and wicket games.

    For further information and to secure your place on all the above exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in the resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.

Eating/Drinking During Anissaras Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Anissaras Holidays

Boat: There are now several excursion boats that take visitors on day trips to offshore islands or isolated beaches as well as to the wonderful island of Santorini.

Bus: Public buses remain a solid possibility for seeing much of Crete. They're inexpensive, relatively frequent, and connect to all but the most isolated villages. The downside is that the schedules are not always the most convenient for travellers with limited time. Certainly you can take them between all major resorts and towns.

Taxi: Taxis are reasonable if two or three people are sharing a trip to a site; no place on Crete is more than a day's round-trip from Heraklion.

Car: There is no better way of exploring the island than if you book a car.

Anissaras Holidays Shopping

Great value purchases during holidays to Anissaras include:

  • Tsikoudia or Raki local high street spirit
  • Traditional woven fabrics, Cretan Rugs and Blankets
  • Ceramics
  • Silverware.

Holidays in Anissaras - Beaches

Enjoying the longest summers in Greece, Crete is famous for its fabulous beaches. Whatever your tastes the island has the perfect stretch of sand for you.

Amoudara - With 3 miles of golden sands the fine sandy beach at Amoudara is widely regarded as one of the best on the island.

Ierapetra - 36 miles south of Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra has the longest beach on Crete.

Malia - The fantastic beach at Malia is regarded by many to be one of the best on the island with deep-piled sand stretching for miles and no shortage of water sports available.

Vai Beach - With a gently curving golden sand beach, Vai Beach is famous for its natural palm forest, the largest in Europe which forms the backdrop.

StalisStalis boasts a vast expanse of beautiful sand beach. It is a short taxi ride from Hersonissos and has lots of amenities close at hand.

Preveli Beach - Located in Rethymnon, Preveli Beach is one of the most attractive on the island. It boasts crystal clear waters and many palm trees. 

Kolokytha Beach - On the Kolokytha Peninsula, the beach can be reached by crossing the narrow isthmus occupied by windmills and heading for the small church of Agios Loukas. Here a small path will take you down to this uncrowded little beach. 

Driros Beach - A lovely spot backed by pine trees and views of Spinalonga island situated a few kms north of Elounda. Here you will find sun loungers and a cafe with tables and chairs on a wooden jetty. Watersports are also available here.

Plaka - A little further on past Driros beach are two picturesque pebbly beaches with crystal clear waters. The beach of Agia Marina, named after the nearby Byzantine church, in front of a large hotel, has big pebbles and deep waters. Access is via a small path alongside the church cemetery.

Geropotamos - Head out about 18 kms towards Heraklion to find this uncrowded sand and pebble beach. The sea is clean but deep with no lifeguard and so extra care should be taken with children. It can get windy in summer.

Platanias - This well-organised, long beach with lovely soft sand is 4 kms east of Rethymnon, and is very popular during the summer months.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
East Crete 16 19 23 25 25 23 20
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
East Crete 7 9 11 12 11 9 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3


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