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Hersonissos Holidays 

You’ll find Hersonissos in Greece, to the east of Heraklion, sprawling lazily across the coastline. Once a small, fishing village, it’s gone on to become one the most popular resort in Crete. A busy town, with a beautiful waterfront and a vibrant nightlife, the destination attracts families, couples and groups of friends who want to relax by day, and live it up by night. There are plenty of activities for younger visitors, in the form of wet and wild waterparks or quad-biking, and shoppers can easily spend a day or two hunting out bargains in the shops along Odos Elefteriou Venizelos. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants and if you want to explore further afield, there’s a Tourist Train to transport you to Malia and Stalis.

12-29 °C

If you want to make the most of the sunshine on your holidays to Hersonissos, book between June and September for the warmest weather.

Flight time from UK:

Approximately four hours.

Flights land at Heraklion International Airport, which is about 25 minutes from the resort.

Holidays in Hersonissos

Mitsis Laguna Exclusive Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Stunning beachfront location
  • Five bars and five themed restaurants
  • Playground and waterslides for kids

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Based on 2232 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 15 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Serita Beach Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront location
  • Choice of restaurants and bars
  • Two outdoor swimming pools and one kids' pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1588 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 10 reviews

What is included ?

smartline Infinity Blue

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Bright, modern rooms
  • Elegant room terrace

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 263 reviews

What is included ?

Grand Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Fantastic fun family waterslides
  • Three outdoor swimming pools
  • Impressive spa facilities

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1118 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 33 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

smartline Mama Lemon

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Central location
  • Adults only (16yrs+)
  • 150m from the beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 103 reviews

What is included ?

smartline Village Resort & Waterpark

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On-site waterpark and two large pools
  • Mini-splash park and kids' pool snack bar
  • Courtesy bus to the beach

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Based on 1240 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 14 reviews

What is included ?

Whether you want to soak up the sun on a sun-kissed beach or hit the clubs and kick up your heels, Hersonissos holidays have something for everyone. There are plenty of attractions for families, including the fascinating Aquaworld Aquarium and the thrills and spills to be found at the Star Beach Waterpark. Couples can sit and watch the sun set over the Aegean Sea from one of the laid-back beachfront bars, or plug into Hersonissos’ legendary nightlife. 

Hersonissos Beach is very popular but, as a result, often fills up very quickly. If you’re looking to do some serious tanning or just want to splash about with the kids on your holiday, you’ll find that Anissarass Beach is just 3km away. Spacious, sandy and patrolled by lifeguards, the shallow, blue waters are ideal for families with little ones or those who want fewer crowds. Nearby Limanaki Beach has a sprinkling of beach bars, while serious beach lovers can move to the more peaceful nudist area. Sporty types can dive into an exciting array of water sports, such as snorkelling and windsurfing. 

 

If you’re travelling with children on your holiday, the chances are you’re going to need some days out up your sleeve! Aquaworld Aquarium is Crete’s first aquarium and holds rescued sea creatures and reptiles, from around the world. Little ones will love getting up close and personal with the animals, which is encouraged at the centre. Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Star Beach Water Park gives kids a chance to cool down and burn off some energy at the same time. One of the most popular family attractions in the area, it has rides, slides and splashtastic fun for children of all ages. Younger visitors can enjoy the baby pools, little water fountains and water slides, while older children can take on the four dynamic water slides or relax on the Lazy River ride. If there are any adrenaline junkies in your party, turn them loose on the bungee-jumps or listen to them scream as they’re dragged across the water on the back of a banana boat! Every afternoon a foam party takes over the main bar. 

Once the sun goes down, Hersonissos starts to wake up! Whatever you want from your nightlife, you’re sure to find it here. Families and couples can enjoy nights out in rustic tavernas, serving traditional Greek food, or if you have partying in mind, you can hunt out the clubs and bars, along the main strip. There are live music venues and, when the Starbeach Festival comes to town, the whole waterfront erupts into one gigantic party.

More About Hersonissos 
Overview, Things To Do, Weather, Photos, Currency

Weather In Hersonissos 
Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Recommended Hotels
Mitsis Laguana, Smartline Village Resort, Grand Hotel, Serita Beach Hotel, Smartline Sergios

Resorts Near Hersonissos
Aghios NikolaosEloundaHeraklionMalia, RethymnonStalis, 

Similar Destinations
CroatiaLarnacaCorralejoMaspalomas, Cala Millor

Fast Facts

Language: The language spoken is Greek. While most of the locals have a basic command of English, a phrasebook or app is always helpful.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros before jetting off on your Hersonissos holidays.

Local time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Heraklion International Airport (HER) is located 3km east of Heraklion and approximately 22km from Hersonissos

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/crete 

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.


Best for

Sun-seekers: With highs of 28°C in the summer, Hersonissos has perfect beach weather.

Families: Let the kids cool off at the Acqua Plus water park in town. 

Night owls: Party all night in the bars and clubs that line the Odos Elefteriou Venizelos strip.


Weather and climate

Temperature: 12°C - 29°C

Beach lovers should book between June and August, when the mercury hovers in the mid-to-high twenties and peaks in the low thirties. If you’d rather slightly less-sweltering temperatures, visit in the spring or autumn months, when you’ll find temperatures averaging in the low twenties. Crete’s winters are wet but mild and you’ll rarely see anything below 10°C.


Getting Around

By bus: Catch a bus from Heraklion station to neighbouring towns along the coast. Buses typically run from Monday to Sunday and up until 9pm. 

By quad bike: If you’re feeling adventurous, zip through the town on a hired quad-bike. There are plenty of rental companies available in the resort.

On foot: Soak up the sun on a leisurely stroll along Hersonissos’ main strip, Odos Elefteriou Venizelos.  


Events

Summers Arts Festival: Experience an opera performance in one of the town’s spectacular open-air theatres during this annual event, held from July - September. 

Starbeach Festival: From the middle of July until the end of August, the Starbeach Festival transforms the waterfront into the hottest nightspot in Crete. Expect world-class DJs and luminaries from the music world and plenty of dancing!

Traditional celebration: August 15th marks Greece’s biggest religious holiday, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Locals celebrate with a day (or even more) of drinking and eating.

Grand Feast: Enjoy a traditional Greek meal at the Feast of Saint Titus, a huge religious festival held every year in August. 


Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
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  • Over 175 years of travel experience
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