Hersonissos




Hersonissos (also spelt Chersonissos) is about 20km east of Iraklio and 10km west of Malia. It’s one of the biggest Cretan resorts. There’s a mix of people here; pensioners, young families and young adults. The majority of tourists here hail from Germany, Holland and Britain. Whilst Brits form the majority of tourists in neighbouring Malia, Germans are the dominant national group here. You’ll be hard-pushed to find a Greek tourist here. More than 90% of tourists in Hersonissos are on a package holiday from northern Europe.

 

Good and Cheap hotels in Chersonissos

Hersonissos

Along the seafront is a broad pedestrian promenade. There are lots of beaches around Hersonissos, and those in the town itself get extraordinarily crowded in summer. You’ll fid the usual assortment of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and souvenir shops along the seafront. There’s a small, romantic port which houses yachts and fishing boats. 100-200m inland, the busy national road runs parallel to the sea, providing easy access to Iraklio and Agios Nikolaos. You’ll find a lot of cafés and ships here, too.

Accommodation Hersonissos: Most people in Hersonissos are on a pakcage holiday. My favorite place is Voula Hotel in the centre. It is about 200 metres away from the sea in a quite area. In low season rooms are only around 20 Euro. You can book the hotel here.

Eating in Hersonissos: Prices here are a little higher than average, and a lot of places offer German or English dishes. Fast food is also in evidence here, with McDonalds and other famous chains present – Dutch chain Friet Van Piet chose to open its only Greek branch here! A good, relatively cheap option for Greek food along the waterfront is Taverna Agropolis.

Central Hersonissos  Menu

Nightlife in Hersonissos: The nightclubs are concentrated along the sea in the town centre. There’s also some Irish pubs and cocktail bars. The party gets going around midnight, and goes on until 6am most nights in summer.

Buses in Hersonissos: There’s a bus to Iraklio every 15-20 minutes (€2.30 in 2008). The same number of buses also go to Malia (€1.20). During season, there are hourly buses to Agios Nikolaos and to the airport.

Hersonissos Port  Hersonissos Beach

Boat trips from Hersonissos: Some companies offer daily boat trips from the port of Hersonissos. The most popular trips are those going to the small fishing village of Sissi (about €15), and fishing tours on a glass bottomed boat (about €30)

 

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