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Hersonissos is a bustling coastal resort, the hub of life in Eastern Crete, with an excellent choice of cafés, restaurants, bars, dozens of shops, supermarkets and nightlife, it's the perfect destination for a family villa holiday. Thanks to its blue waters and golden sands, Hersonissos has one of the most trendy beaches on the Island. You can also find quiet secluded spots to relax and escape the hustle and bustle with the quiet town of Stalis just a few minutes away.

Things to do in Hersonissos

The once small fishing village of Hersonissos is now one of Crete’s main resorts and a great destination for a villa holiday with friends. Whether you want to relax on one of the many golden sand beaches or enjoy al fresco dining and cocktails at a beachfront restaurant, Hersonissos caters for everyone. There are plenty of things to do for all of the family, including Star Beach Waterpark and Aquaworld Aquarium. 

For those seeking a more relaxed setting, located just above the vibrant Hersonissos are the 3 picturesque traditional villages of Old Hersonissos, Piskopiano and Koutouloufari, where you can find local tavernas, cafés and bars, with panoramic views over Hersonissos port and the Cretan Sea.

Hersonissos beach, Greece
Hersonissos culture, Greece

History and Culture in Hersonissos

Hersonissos is a great place to go if you love historical sites. Hersonissos flourished in the Roman period and the first centuries of the Byzantine Empire. The city grew, became more powerful than Lyttos and acquired its own theatre, aqueduct and public baths. Today, you can still see the remnants of this at landmarks such as the Roman Fountain. In the surrounding areas of Hersonissos, there are many historical and archeological sites for you to explore, one of them being the unique site that is Knossos Palace.

Family holidays in Hersonissos

Hersonissos is the perfect destination for a family villa holiday, you’ll find plenty of things to do that appear to children of all ages. For the adrenaline seekers, why not visit Crete’s largest waterpark, Acqua Plus located in Hersonissos. It's home to over 10 ‘Extreme Slides’ and has an array of activities for the little ones and not so thrill-seeking parents, including a Lazy River and Hydromassage! 

If you're looking to experience the traditional Greek way of life, just half an hours walk along the coast from Hersonissos Harbour is the Lychnostatis Museum Greece. Visit the open air museum for a chance to experience traditional Cretan life. The museum has some fantastic things to see, such as traditional farmers houses, distilleries showing how olive oil and wine was produced in times gone by. It's a great day out for the family and the museum encourages interaction from children, where they can touch artefacts and taste foods.

Family Holidays in Hersonissos
Hersonissos beach and sea, Greece

Adventurous activities in Hersonissos

Some of Crete’s most incredible landscapes are not accessible from the road so if you’re an adrenaline junkie, off-road is the way to go. Why not try out a jeep safari where you will Zoom past lakes and dams, up mountains and through olive groves and across dry river beds. There’s plenty of adventurous activities for all to do including hiking the Aposelemis canyon, located in the hills behind Hersonissos. Or discover the many local villages and tavernas, hire a bike or take part in a cycling tour. A villa holiday in Hersonissos provides a great base from which to explore.

If all of the adventure becomes too tiring, why not relax at your villa with private pool, soaking up the wonderful sunshine.

Romance in Hersonissos

After a relaxing day at one of the many secluded beaches, couples can sit and watch the sunset over the Aegean Sea from one of the laid-back beachfront bars, before heading for a moonlit dinner. For that real romantic experience, take a stroll along the coast to Sarantaris to visit the little chapel of Aghios Georgios that offers the most amazing views across the bay of Hersonissos, the perfect spot for a proposal. Hersonissos ticks all the boxes and is a perfect destination for a couples villa holiday.

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