Just a short drive from Heraklion, Hersonissos is a very touristy busy town known for its resorts and nightlife entertainment. The area is perfect for people who enjoy package-holidays, clubbing, shopping and of course eating out in traditional tavernas. Although preferred by younger people, Hersonissos is also very popular amongst families. The reason behind that is the broad variety of activities Hersonissos has to offer, for kids and teenagers. If you are not bothered by bigger crowds of tourists we can guarantee you that you will have a great time in this particular area of Crete.
Rent a car Hersonissos
If you want to visit nearby attractions, traditional villages and do day trips a rental car in Hersonissos is a must. We can easily deliver a requested vehicle to your accommodation for free. All you have to do is to write or chat with us.
The history of Hersonissos
Based on excavations and artefacts found in the surrounding area, Hersonissos history dates back to the Minoan era. After the destruction of Minoan civilization continued to exist.
In Hellenistic times Hersonissos was governed by a Dorian city called “Lyttos” but retained limited independence.
Later on in Roma times, Hersonissos became more powerful and developed further by building their own theater (which was heavily destroyed in the past) and bathing facilities.
In the 1900s the inhabitants of Hersonissos were forced to move inland due to pirate raids.
As a result the people moved inland and founded Ano (which means upper) Hersonissos while the seaside town fell into obscurity.
For many years things remained the same with little development until the 60s was discovered by tourism.
4 Best things to do in Hersonissos 2021
1) Day Trip to a water park
Aqua Plus: is located close to Hersonissos and is great for anyone who likes to have fun. They have lots of different slides for all the age groups, from very extreme for the thrill seekers to very relaxed for the ones who are not in the need of an adrenaline rush. There is also a restaurant and a bar as well as some shops. Photographers are taking photos of people trying the various slides which can be printed and purchased later. Get there early and enjoy a whole day of fun.
Watercity: is another great water park located close to Hersonissos. It is fairly similar to Aqua Plus, featuring a good variety of water slides for every age group. Although be aware that for most slides, kids have to be taller than 140cm. The facilities are well organised and the staff is friendly. As in Aqua Plus the waterpark is cashless, meaning that you wear a bracelet, which is being charged every time you purchase something. At the end of your stay you pay the total amount. Plan in to stay a whole day and you will be surprised how fast time passes when you are having fun.
2) Crete Golf Club
Golfing in Crete? Yes, we know it sounds surprising but visitors who have played here are fascinated by the experience. The Crete Golf Club is the first and only internationally certified 18 hole golf course in Crete and is located 7km south from Hersonissos. The Golf club features its own Hotel with large luxurious rooms, a 25m swimming pool, a clubhouse, a shop and a restaurant. The unique course nested between Cretan hills is in great condition and the views are unbeatable.
3) Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
The Lychnostatis museum is by far one of the best museums in Crete. If you are interested in the vast history and cultural heritage of the island and its people you should definitely pay a visit. The museum has indoor and outdoor exhibitions with a lot of very interesting facts about the past, the owners, the works, the museum itself and of course Crete. It truly creates an appreciation for self reliance, harmony with nature, and family history. Visit early, get the audio guide at the entrance and be prepared to spend 2-3 hours in this fabulous place.
4) Spend a day at Star beach
Star beach is located in Hersonissos and is a big complex of beaches, waterslides, pool areas, restaurants and much more. The waterslides and various other facilities belong to the Hotel Star beach village but are accessible not only to guests of the resort. The small sandy beach sections are separated into small and big bays and the water is warm and crystal clear. On sight you will also be able to find bungee jumping, go Karts, massage facilities and water sports. In the evening, extensive parties here are almost daily, which last until early in the morning. Highlights include guest appearances by international DJs and foam parties.