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Just 25 km of Iraklion is the most cosmopolitan place of Crete, Hersonissos.

A city with many late 20th century buildings and hotels. It keeps the name of the ancient city that was located in the place that the harbour of Hersonisos is today.

The village of Old Hersonissos, located within a small distance to the south was built due to the fear of the pirates, that forced the inhabitants of the village to move inlands.

Near Old Hersonisos there are two picturesque small villages, Piskopiano and Koutouloufari, overlooking the busy resort of Port Hersonissos.

The harbour of Hersonisos is famous for its night life as there are many bars, restaurants and tavernas next to the beach.

The neighbouring villages offer quiet and peaceful environment for your vacation. Visitors to the area of Hersonisos will find a large number of shops with jewels, furs, clothing etc.

Hersonissos is known as the most organized tourist destination in Crete. It is also known for its high quality hotels, conference infrastructures and the natural beauty of its coasts. Mass tourism, beautiful beaches and the rich nightlife only constitute one side of the coin "Hersonissos". Its other side, which is less acknowledged, includes the pristine mainland, where many historical monuments and landscapes of exceptional beauty await to be discovered.



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Important locations

Important locations in the Heraklion Prefecture:

  • Towns in Heraklion Crete: Heraklion Town, Hersonissos, Malia, Matala, Arkalochori, Archanes, Lendas, Gournes.
  • Transportation Hubs in Heraklion Crete: Heraklion Port, Heraklion Airport.
  • Sightseeing in Heraklion Crete: Knossos, Phaestos, Malia, Archanes, Tylissos, Amnissos, Levina, Lyttos, Omalos Plateau , Anemospilia Cave.
  • Beaches in Heraklion Crete: Agia Pelagia, Ammoudara, Malia, Stalida, Matala, Katalyki.


Important locations in the Rethymnon Prefecture:

  • Towns in Rethymnon Crete: Rethymnon Town, Anogia, Agia Galini, Adele, Amari, Agia Triada.
  • Transportation Hubs in Rethymnon Crete: Rethymnon Port.
  • Sightseeing in Rethymnon Crete: Ancient Eleftherna, Apodoulou Minoan Site, Ancient Syvritos, Ancient Lappa, Armeni Ancient Necropolis, Preveli Monastery, Arkadi Monastery, Lake Preveli, Idaio Andron Cave, Psiloritis Mountain Range.
  • Beaches in Rethymnon Crete: Agia Galini, Platanes, Bali, Panormos, Rodakino, Agios Pavlos, Preveli, Plakias.


Important locations in the Chania Prefecture:

  • Towns in Chania Crete: Chania Town, Souda, Chora Sfakion, Kasteli Kissamou, Georgioupoli, Paleochora, Mournies, Maleme, Kalyves.
  • Transportation Hubs in Chania Crete: Chania Airport, Souda Port, Chania Port.
  • Sightseeing in Chania Crete: Ancient Polyrinia, Ancient Anopolis, Ancient Falasarna, Ancient Aptera, Ancient Lissos, Ancient Elyros, Georgioupoli Greco-Roman Site, Frangokastelo Fortress, Samaria Gorge, Topolia Gorge, Monasteries in Akrotiri, Elafonissi Island.
  • Beaches in Chania Crete: Frangokastelo, Loutro, Souyia, Agia Marina, Paleochora, Falarsana, Kastelli-Kissamos, Kolumbari, Platanias, Maleme, Kalyves, Georgioupoli, and the islets of Gramvoussa and Elafonissi.


Important locations in the Lassithi Prefecture:

  • Towns in Lassithi Crete: Agios Nikolaos, Sitia, Ierapetra, Elounda.
  • Transportation Hubs in Lassithi Crete: Agios Nikolaos Port, Sitia Port, Sitia Airport.
  • Sightseeing in Lassithi Crete: Zakros Palace, Ancient Palekastro, Ancient Itanos, Ancient Praisos, Ancient Driros, Doric Lato, Ancient Towns of Gournia and Makrygialos, Kazarma Fortress in Sitia, Diktaion Andron Cave, Lassithi Plateau, Spinalonga Island, Vai Palm Tree Forest.
  • Beaches in Lassithi Crete: Vai Palm Tree Forest Beach, Myrtos, Ierapetra, Makrygialos, Xerokambos, Kato Zakros, Itanos, Pachia Ammos, Istro, Ammoudi, Havania, Elounda, the islands of Chryssi and Koufonissi.