Holidays to Hersonissos are all about the beach life - but there's plenty to do for those who like a more active break too. Nestled between Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos, Hersonissos is one of Crete's most popular resorts, and perfect for holidaymakers looking for glorious beaches but with lots to see beyond the sands. Whether you're visiting as a family, couple or with a group of friends, a Hersonissos holiday is sure to appeal!
Like any Greek island, spending time on the beach is the main focus of a holiday in Hersonissos and with three magnificent beaches, it's not hard to see why! The welcoming Mediterranean climate is pleasant all year-round, with summer temperatures getting up to 25°C in August, and plenty of late-year sunshine - the perfect excuse to escape the British winter.
Imagine how relaxing it would feel to kick off your sandals and dip your feet in the crystal-clear water. Star Beach is in a league of its own - it even has a water park where you can have fun on the giant slides. The wide range of beach watersports also makes a holiday to Hersonissos perfect for groups of friends and young families. You can pull on a wetsuit and go scuba diving, or get involved in canoeing, paragliding and windsurfing for a thrilling experience.
When you fancy a break away from the beach, visit the Aquaworld Aquarium and Reptile Rescue Centre to discover the marine life and reptiles. You can even enjoy hands-on interaction with the reptiles! How's that for an unforgettable day? Dinosauria Park is worth visiting, too. It's less than 15 minutes away from Hersonissos and while you're there you can experience the cinemas, and explore the museum.
Hersonissos really comes alive at night. For a thrilling evening, visit the bustling bars and clubs by the harbour and show off your best dance moves, or just enjoy a quiet traditional meal and a cocktail while admiring the stunning views. Food in Hersonissos is utterly divine - tempt your taste buds with Greek delicacies and seafood. There's also a selection of British style pubs and restaurants if you're looking for familiar comfort food. A holiday to Crete would be incomplete without sampling the refreshing wine and delicious ouzo aperitif Greece and the Greek Islands are famous for - what a way to round off your day, or start your evening!
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Things To Do
Holidays in Hersonissos are centred around the beaches. Try your hand at jet skiing, banana boat rides, scuba diving, windsurfing, paragliding, canoeing and sailing. For thrills and spills, head to the Star Beach Water Park with its hairraising waterslides and chutes. Get closer to the local marine life at Aquaworld in the resort or just a short ride away theres Cretaquarium. If shoppings your thing, dont miss the bargain leathergoods, herbs and spices. Enjoy a boat trip around Cretes coastline. Learn more about Cretean life and folklore at the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. The focal point of Hersonissos nightlife is the attractive harbour area, teeming with waterside bars and restaurants. If you prefer a taste of home, then there are plenty of British and Irish pubs too. For a quieter evening, the nearby villages of Piskopiano, Koutouloufari and Old Hersonissos will hit the spot.
Food & Drink
A holiday to Hersonissos is the perfect opportunity to sample the delights of Greek cuisine. Enjoy fresh seafood and local specialities like moussaka and meze. As well as charming tavernas, you'll find British Style pubs and restaurants. The island is also famous for its wines and ouzo.