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Holidays In Hersonissos

Hersonissos Holidays at a Glance

Ranked as one of Crete's liveliest resorts, the cosmopolitan town of Hersonissos is well known for its scores of cafes, restaurants, bars, disco bars and English style pubs lining the sea front. Days can be spent relaxing on the sandy/shingle beach, where you may wish to try out the water sports, or visiting the old villages with their tranquil settings, charming tavernas and pretty houses.

Who holidays in Hersonissos?

Hersonissos holidays cater for all, although the young and lively are attracted in high season.



Key Facts - Hersonissos

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration4 hours (Approx)
  • Distance From Airport45km
  • Airport Transfer (Taxi)35 mins

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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 to Hersonissos include:

  • Trekking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Day trip to the waterpark

Hersonissos Holidays - Excursions

Samaria Gorge: Visit the Gorge of Samaria deep in White Mountains on the western side of Crete.

Knossos and Museum Gain an insight into the history of Crete with this tour of Knossos Palace and the Heraklion Museum.

Barbecue Cruise: Sail away to a quiet cove then feast, bathe and soak up the sun.

City Water Park: Spend a fantastic day in this fun filled Water park.

Due to high demand and limited places available, we advise you to confirm your places on any of our days or nights out at the Welcome Get Together, on the day following your arrival.

Eating/Drinking During Hersonissos 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 Hersonissos 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.

Hersonissos Holidays Shopping

Great value purchases during holidays to Hersonissos include:

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

Holidays in Hersonissos - 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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