Costa del Sol
Analipsi is a sleepy, traditional resort small enough that you can walk to everything. It has all you need for a low-key break, including tavernas, mini markets and a beach. Visiting the nearby popular resort of Hersonissos or the capital Heraklion are easy. They’re just a short drive, taxi or bus ride away. The best waterparks on the island are in the vicinity too, as well as a few historic sites for cultural days out.
You’ll find a handful of souvenir shops and mini markets within Analipsi village. Bus links easily take you east and west to the larger resort of Hersonissos and the capital, Heraklion, which have a larger assortment of shops and supermarkets. Keen shoppers may like to visit Heraklion market. Held on a Saturday morning, it sells almost everything! From fresh produce to household items, there’s plenty to see.
Souvlaki shops and traditional Greek family run tavernas are popular in Analipsi, with a few beachfront options for drinking and dining too. Old Hersonissos is just a 10 minute car journey away and offers plenty of restaurants in the charming village square. For the night owls, Hersonissos’ coastal counterpart has livelier options where you can dance the night away.
Analipsi Beach is a mix of pebble, shingle and sand fringed with palm trees. There are a few laid-back tavernas ideal for refreshments in between dips in the sea. Hersonissos resort to the east has plenty more soft, sandy options including Star Beach which has its own waterpark and activities to entertain little ones.
Families will love the 2 waterparks outside Analipsi - Water City and Acqua Plus. A short drive away, you can be whizzing down shoots and slides in no time. There’s also horse riding on offer from the stables in Hersonissos. CretAquarium is close by too. Run by the marine biology department of the University of Heraklion, it’s a great educational day out for children.
History buffs are well catered for with the Minoan Palace of Malia a 20 minute car journey away. Plus, just outside Heraklion are the magnificent ruins of the Palace of Knossos, where you can wander the remains of the once opulent palace. A little further afield is the family run Lyrakis Winery. Why not book an afternoon of tastings? It’s also a great stop for gifts and souvenirs.
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