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Hersonissos Holidays

A multi-faceted Cretan hotspot

If you’re looking for the pulse of modern-day Crete, you’ll find it in Hersonissos, which moves to its own rhythm on any given night. While the town’s lively waterfront is the place to party, as anyone on Crete will tell you, Hersonissos holidays offer far more than just nightlife. Away from the vibe of the bars and restaurants, the town is full of history and culture, and it’s not difficult to submerge yourself in both.

The resort’s well-developed facilities and infrastructure also mean it’s an ideal base for trips and excursions, giving you the chance to sightsee and experience a different side of Cretan life. Needless to say, holidays to Hersonissos certainly aren’t just for the party crowd. Visitors of all types – whether couples, families or solo travellers – will find much to enjoy here. It’s truly a town that welcomes everyone, which is perhaps the real reason why it’s the heart of contemporary Crete.

Your Hersonissos questions, answered

Being such a well-equipped town, Hersonissos has everything you need to keep the kids happy, from water parks and playgrounds to numerous restaurants with children’s menus.
There are plenty of beaches stretching around Hersonissos, ranging from spots with a party atmosphere nearer the town to quieter beaches, tucked away further along the coast.
The summer is the most popular time for holidays in Hersonissos and a lot's going on during the season. Panagia Festiva in August is a fine chance to experience traditional Cretan music and dance, while the Star Beach water park has foam parties and festivals. September is an excellent time to visit as you can enjoy cheaper rates and the yearly International Folk Festival. April and May are also generally inexpensive months, and the weather starts warming up around this time so you get plenty of sunshine.
For a change of pace, visit nearby Koutouloufari, a small, peaceful village nestled among olive groves. Or take a brisk walk along Aposelemi Gorge, with its gentle hiking trail.
The beaches closest to Hersonissos have soft sands and clear blue seas, but the main beach is quite narrow in places. You have to arrive early to stake out your spot. There are bars and restaurants on the main beach, so it has a lively atmosphere. There are quieter, more spacious beaches just a short drive away if you’re looking for somewhere to sunbathe and read a book. The sea around the north of Crete can be quite choppy, so if you’re planning to take a dip, make sure you stick to areas marked as safe.
Hersonissos has a lively nightlife with something to suit all tastes. You can listen to Cretan music in a cosy taverna, hit the beachfront for a night in the bars, or enjoy the local foam parties held in the summer. If you want all-night parties and nightclubs, Hersonissos is only 10-15 minutes away from Stalida and Malia, which are famous as major party towns, especially during the summer season.
Hersonissos is a lively town in the north of Crete that always has plenty going on. The town sits on a long stretch of coastline with a harbour where you can often book day trips out to sea. Along the beach and in town, you’ll find bars and restaurants as well as a wide selection of shops selling souvenirs, beachwear and local crafts. Hersonissos is well-placed to explore Northern Crete, and it’s just a short bus ride or cab to the party towns of Malia and Stalis, as well as smaller villages with quieter beaches.
Hersonissos, sometimes spelt Chersonissos, is on Crete’s northern coast. It’s in a convenient and well-connected location. You’re just 45 minutes from Heraklion with a regular bus, and just a short cab ride away there are several towns and small villages to explore. If you dislike long transfers on holiday, you’re in luck as Hersonissos is just 20-minutes from the airport, and you can pick up a taxi for a fixed price and avoid the long bus rides.
Hersonissos holidays are a good choice for couples who want a romantic break with a livelier edge and lots to do. You can spend days on the beach, enjoying watersports, or take a day trip to Heraklion or any of the nearby villages. You might even want to rent a car to explore off the beaten track. At night, there are romantic restaurants along the beach where you can enjoy the sunset, or you can find a cosy taverna for dinner.

Best things to do in Hersonissos

Burn the candle

With its waterfront bars, pubs and clubs, Hersonissos is renowned for its nightlife. Take a disco nap to conserve energy, then head out until the early hours.

Take a boat trip

Don’t miss out on aquatic adventures – there are all kinds of boat trip options from Hersonissos, with popular destinations including the fishing village of Sissi and Spinalonga Island.

Shop till you drop

If you’re looking to splash some cash, Hersonissos’ seafront features boutiques galore, as well as local produce, arts and craft stores, spas, jewellery shops – you’ll find it all here.
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