Not everyone enjoys the tourist trappings which go with many Greek beach resorts. Some holidaymakers are keen to enjoy the local culture, without the nightlife, watersports and English breakfasts. If that’s just what you’re looking for, then the Crete village of Analipsis will fit the bill. Analipsis is a cute, colourful village between two of the busiest spots in Crete - Heraklion and Hersonissos. Tourism is a relatively recent arrival in Analipsis. This has traditionally been a farming village, and you’ll see vineyards, fields of carnations and olive groves nearby. Analipsis has kept its culture intact while embracing holidaymakers. You’ll receive a warm welcome as you go for a morning coffee or wander around the streets.
There are restaurants and small shops to enjoy in the centre of the village, but many holidaymakers in Analipsis head straight for the beach. Several small stretches of sand can be found on the coastline, along with a very pretty church lying just above the waves. Nature lovers will even be able to catch sight of a rare bird or two. But you can really make the most of your holiday in Analipsis by renting a car. There’s plenty to see in the neighbouring resorts, including historical remains, countryside walks, nightlife and, of course, tonnes of great beaches. If you’re travelling to Analipsis with children, you’re in luck too. The neighbouring town of Hersonissos boasts a couple of water parks, where kids can spend hours splashing around.
Analipsis is so close to Hersonissos that they almost blend into one big resort. Hersonissos is a far more popular, touristy destination than Analipsis though. There are pretty beaches here, along with a modern town packed with souvenir shops. Hersonissos is definitely the place to go for some outdoor fun. Crete’s only 18-hole golf course is in Hersonissos, along with a couple of water parks.
If you fancy a night or two on the dance floor during your holiday to Analipsis, then the famous party resort of Malia is only a short taxi ride away. Put your glad rags on and dance into the early hours. But there’s much more to see in Malia than just bars and clubs. The old town area of Malia has some small shops where you can pick up a knickknack or two. Head to Malia’s Minoan Palace and you’ll also find ancient ruins dating back more than 3,000 years.
Those looking to explore the great outdoors in Analipsis will find just what they’re after by heading to the mountain village of Mohos. If you park in the beachside resort of Stalis, then it’s quite a climb up the nearby hillside to reach Mohos. You’ll need a minute or two to catch your breath. But the views are spectacular and you can see what life is really like for the locals in Crete.
On the outskirts of Hersonissos, you’ll find the 18-hole Crete Golf Club. The course is built to PGA standards and it hosts many international tournaments. But perhaps the best thing about having around here is just taking in the views as you stroll around the fairways. The mountains and the Aegean Sea form quite a backdrop, although it won’t necessarily help your game!
The kids will be jumping for joy when you tell them that you’re going to spend a day in the water parks near Hersonissos. There’s a couple of parks chocked full of splashing fun. Both Acqua Plus and StarBeach are relatively inexpensive too. There’s several slides at Acqua Plus and shallow pools to splash around in for younger children. You can also have some dry fun at StarBeach, including bungee jumping and go-karting.
A pair of binoculars may not have been the first thing you packed for the flight to Crete. But you don’t need to see for miles to catch a glimpse of the birdlife in Analipsis. If you head to the mouth of the River Aposelemis at the western end of Analipsis, you’ll see more than 30 different species of birds.
Beaches in Analipsis
Make sure you take the camera to the beach in Analipsis. The golden sands provide one of the best photo opportunities in the village. There’s a tiny church on the western end of the beach. The waves almost lap against the walls. One you’ve finished with the snaps, the main beach of Analipsis is just a few steps away. There’s umbrellas and sun loungers to keep you comfortable. Snorkelers and scuba divers can explore the rocky coves just off the shore.
If you want to play it safe in Crete, then there’s plenty of fast-food snack bars selling familiar grub. But all budgets and palates will find something tasty in the local cuisine. The food you’ll find in Crete is really healthy and it’s usually pretty cheap. If you want something quick and simple, then there’s little better than a gyros kebab; strips of pork in a pitta bread with a dollop of sauce. It’s delicious. Braver foodies can opt for the Cretan favourite of snails.
Restaurants in Analipsis
There’s a handful of tavernas around the town square in the centre of Analipsis. But most of the restaurants are found along the beach road. Here you can enjoy a delicious course or three while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Beachside breaks are brilliant in Analipsis, if you’re looking for some peace and quiet next to the coast. You don’t have to worry about noisy bars or the revving of jet-ski engines here. It’s a relaxing holiday in a traditional Crete village. The best way to get to Analipsis is by booking your holiday with easyJet holidays. You can even save money on your holiday by booking a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Why not take a peek at our other Crete destination guides if you’re still thinking about it.