Crete’s biggest, and liveliest, holiday resort, Hersonissos is an upbeat oasis crammed full of fun and vibrant hedonism. Once a bustling fishing village, there’s still a working port in the town that is fascinating to visit. But these days, Hersonissos has dedicated itself to offering up an exhilarating holiday destination for people from all walks of life.
With its trio of glorious sandy beaches, plus a host of small, secluded coves to discover, you’re never short of spots to lie back and soak up some of that scorching Greek sunshine. Feeling a bit more adventurous? There are water sports galore to try your hand at—from banana boats to water skiing. For the ultimate splashdown, Star Beach Water Park is just a short hop away with over four acres of slides and rides, perfect for the whole family.
When the sun goes down Hersonissos really shows its true colours. The waterfront is a mecca for party people, with back-to-back bars and clubs attracting some of the biggest DJs to the island. With free entry to most venues, it’s easy to dip in and out of the hot spots whenever the mood takes you.
Whether your idea of the perfect holiday is all about lazy beaches, thrilling rides or late night raving, Hersonissos has you covered.
A complete change of pace! The charming, classy town of Rethymno lies about 90 minutes away from Hersonissos and is one of the most historically important destinations on the island. Bearing all the evidence of its turbulent past, you’ll discover glorious mosques next to catholic and orthodox churches, a bustling Venetian harbour and stunning mansions, all watched over by an immense fortress straight out of a fairytale. Wander through the ancient cobbled streets shopping for bargains, enjoy some of the 10 miles of white sandy beaches or treat yourself to some of Crete’s best cuisine at one of their fine restaurants.
On the opposite side of the island, Ierapetra lays claim to being Europe’s southern-most town. It also boasts the highest temperatures in Crete, so you can pretty much guarantee you’ll be going home with an enviable tan! Despite its small size, there’s plenty to attract visitors here—the lively town is filled with welcoming bars, stylish boutiques and a great choice of restaurants. There’s a rich history to discover, with a Venetian fortress at the harbour and Turkish influences in the architecture. You can explore the twisting streets in the old town or enjoy a cooling drink on the beautiful beach, all backed by the picturesque snow-capped mountains that ensure Ierapetra its wonderful climate.
The vibrant, energetic capital city of Heraklion is a hodgepodge of fascinating cultural treasures, world-class museums and a thriving nightlife. Its past has left behind Byzantine monasteries, intricate Venetian monuments and the incredible Palace of Knossos, the birthplace of the legend of the labyrinth and the Minotaur. Discover even more about the enthralling history at the Archaeological Museum, with exhibits ranging from the Neolithic period up to the Roman Empire. Also, home to some of Crete’s best clubs, the party in Heraklion goes on till the early hours.
Star Beach Water Park
Heaving with thrilling entertainment for all ages, the Star Beach Water Park is just 20-minutes from the town centre and has everything you need for a fantastic day out. Along with the adrenaline-pumping water slides, you can zip around on powerful jet skis, test your nerve on a bungee jump, get up close with the underwater world on a scuba dive, or indulge yourself with a massage in the health spa. Top it all off at the resort’s daily foam party and dance till dawn.
The Crete Golf Club
Just a few minutes out of town, the Crete Golf Club is the only course on the island and is a real gem. Making full use of the challenging terrain, the 18 holes wind their way across the mountainous landscape, offering players a welcome, cooling breeze as well as stunning views across to the Aegean Sea. Built to international PGA standards, the wide, meticulously maintained fairways are forgiving for the less experienced, while the range of tees at each hole mean the more proficient can choose to test their skills to the limit. Complete with a wide range of facilities for non-players, the Crete Golf Club is one of the Mediterranean’s most impressive courses.
This delightful, peaceful beach is just two kilometres from Hersonissos and is covered in ultra-fine sand, leading down to an incredibly clear sea. Backed by a host of shops, bars and restaurants it’s the ideal place to spend a relaxing day and there are plenty of facilities on hand to make your stay as easy as possible. Stretch out on a lounger or take advantage of the warm, calm waters and rent a kayak or catamaran.
The Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world. Relying on the quality and freshness of its fruits and vegetables, the cuisine is simple, nourishing and absolutely delicious. And of course, at the heart of it all, is the fantastic olive oil. The olive trees in Crete are said to outnumber the people by about 500 to one! Keep a look out for the island’s most popular delicacy, Chochlioí Boumpouristoí, snails dipped in flour, fried in olive oil and served with rosemary and vinegar.
You’ll find restaurants to suit every taste in Hersonissos. From traditional Greek tavernas to international eateries, you’re never short of options. The old narrow streets away from the waterfront hide some delicious surprises and make it worthwhile exploring to try the authentic taste of Crete.
Holidays in Hersonissos are where you can soak up fascinating history, traditional Greek culture and beautiful yearlong sunshine. Full of life, excitement and fun, there’s something for everyone to fall in love with, whether you want a family holiday, a romantic getaway or a 24-hour party.
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