Hersonissos is two distinctive places, one an inland village known as Old Hersonissos and the other a resort on the coast referred to as Hersonissos Port. Villa Plus has villas with private pools to choose from in and around both. Old Hersonissos is a traditional Cretan village with a slower pace of life. The square is where people meet in little tavernas and bars. The surrounding narrow streets are lined with flower covered buildings and hidden courtyards. It is situated on a hillside with fine views of the coast which is only 5 minutes’ drive away. The resort of Hersonissos is built around an attractive harbour lined with places to eat and drink and a nearby beach. Wherever you choose to spend your villa holiday, it is a lovely corner of Crete with authentic charm, and plenty of great beaches and family activities nearby.
Old Hersonissos has several shops for daily essentials including a bakery and mini market. For a more varied choice of food there's a supermarket on the main road in Hersonissos. To see a large local market in action then make a 30 minute trip to Heraklion. The Saturday morning market is great for local produce including wine, raki, olive oil and honey.
To try some authentic Cretan cuisine, visit one of the tavernas on the square in Old Hersonissos. Alternatively, the vibrant resort of Hersonissos has an array of bars and restaurants to choose from along the waterfront where you can sit and watch the world go by.
There are some excellent beaches along the coast, including the popular Star Beach and Hersonissos Beach to the east of the port. There are all kinds of water sports for you to try such as jet-skis and banana boats and Star Beach has a beach bar.
The resort of Malia has Potamos Beach backed by restaurants and bars. If you want to venture out for the day there is the lovely Almyros Beach near Aghios Nikolaos, with sun-kissed sand and good facilities, as well as water sports and boat hire.
Families will love the 2 waterparks outside Hersonissos, Water City and Acqua Plus Water Park. Each has a choice of slides and pools for everyone from adrenaline junkies to little children. Perhaps you would rather explore by horse with an early morning ride from the stables in Hersonissos.
Hersonissos is only 25 kilometres from museums in Heraklion and the nearby archaeological site of the Palace of Knossos. A day trip to both will give you an excellent insight into the ancient culture of the Minoans who built the palace.
Why not hire a car in Crete and make the most of it by exploring the Lassithi Plateau with its famous caves and fertile fields? You can continue your trip with a visit to Aghios Nikolaos, an attractive resort centred around Lake Voulismeni. Take a short boat ride across to Spinalonga. Famous as a former leper colony island, it has impressive Venetian architecture and a very interesting history.
The Crete Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course just outside Hersonissos. Booking is advisable in the summer months when it can get rather busy.