On the vast island of Crete dominating the center of the Mediterranean, there are a few places that stand out for their beauty, their amazing landscapes, their history and culture and their distinct island character.
One of these places is Hersonissos, a picturesque coastal area about 25 kms from the city of Heraklion, is known not only for its sandy beaches, but also as the location of some of the most significant archaeological sites of the entire Mediterranean, the Ancient Minoan City of Knossos and the Ancient City of Malia.
At Hersonissos you will find an abundance of intriguing activities, from exhilarating water parks and golf courses for exciting summer moments to traditional villages, sightseeing opportunities and the gorgeous sun-kissed beaches with the crystalline waters that beckon you to spend amazing moments swimming and sunbathing.
Hersonissos, located approximately 25 kms east of Heraklion city is a seaside resort known for its golden sandy beach, the crystal-clear waters of the sea and its lush scenery.
A popular resort that features excellent facilities including sunbeds and umbrellas, various watersports, cafes, restaurants, bars and welcoming shops.
A bit to the north, the windy beach of Kokkini Hani attracts windsurfing enthusiasts and is a popular destination for exciting watersports and more. Malia is perhaps one of the most well-known beaches of the island, a sandy beach with turquoise waters, exceptional facilities and a vibrant nightlife, whereas Stalida, home of the unique Cretan palm trees is a family friendly beach ideal for walks on the promenade and idyllic moments.
THE SEA AND
ITS LUSH SCENERY
THE ANCIENT PALACE OF KNOSSOS, THE FAMED PALACE OF KING MINOS
There are two major attractions of immense archaeological importance; the Ancient Palace of Knossos, the famed palace of King Minos and the capital of the Minoan civilization, home of the mythical Labyrinth and of the ferocious Minotaur. Visit the palace’s ruins to admire exquisite murals and impressive architecture, but also for a unique look into the rich past of Crete. Another significant archaeological find, the Palace of Malia, home of King Sarpidon brother of King Minos, an exquisite sample of Minoan architecture and ancient Cretan history.
THE TWO MAJOR
ENJOY ENDLESS MOMENTS OF FUN AT THE SEA
There is an abundance of exciting activities you can participate in when staying in the region of Hersonissos, Crete.
Apart from the obvious, like swimming and sunbathing in the amazing sandy beaches, there is a generous selection of watersports where you can put your aptitudes to the test and enjoy endless moments of fun at the sea! Most beaches located on the northern part of Hersonissos are windy, making them perfect destinations for windsurfers and kite surfers, whereas the rich marine life of the region offer amazing scuba diving opportunities.
A water park and a golf course are also located close to the area, where the verdant natural scenery is ideal for hiking and off-road adventures.
For any additional information concerning the activities available in the area of Analipsi and Hersonissos, we would be happy to suggest intriguing and fun things to do; all you need to do is ask!