Once a small fishing village and now one of the most popular tourist towns in Crete, Hersonissos is where you go for warm weather, lively entertainment and stunning mountain views. Ideal for families, couples or groups of friends seeking some fun in the sun, a holiday in Hersonissos promises plenty of children’s activities and a wealth of bars and restaurants. Explore the cobbled streets on a quad bike, escape the heat at one of the popular water parks, or spend your days exploring the shops along Odos Elefteriou Venizelos.
Hersonissos enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and mild winters.
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Sun-soaked beach days and lively, neon-lit nights, Hersonissos offers a well-rounded Cretan experience. Choose from a range of small, sandy strips to soak up the Mediterranean sun, or simply sit and watch the world go by from a charming beachfront bar. Kids can look forward to a variety of fun attractions, including Aquaworld Aquarium and the Star Beach Water Park. While night owls can sample Hersonissos’ legendary nightlife.
With several sandy stretches to choose from, there’s beachlife in abundance in this Cretan town. Rent a sunchair, prop up your umbrella and soak up the vibes in Limanakia, a collection of beaches in the area. A sprinkling of beach bars offer a scenic place to escape the heat, while serious tanners can move to the more peaceful nudist area. Sporty types can expect the usual water activities, such as snorkelling and windsurfing.
Take a break from tanning and treat the kids to a day out at Aquaworld Aquarium. Open until 6pm every day, Crete’s first aquarium holds rescued sea life 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 for the trip. Star Beach Water Park is another of the more popular family attractions in Hersonissos. Cool off in the lazy river or ride one of the four giant slides. Every afternoon a foam party takes over the main bar.
After sunset, Hersonissos transforms into Crete’s liveliest party town. The beach area is the place to be for nightlife in Hersonissos. Expect everything from traditional tavernas serving Greek cuisine, to cheerful cocktail bars and neon-lit clubs blaring out the latest pop hits. Most of the activity is located just a few metres from the beach, so you can circulate the area easily. We suggest you do a bar tour of the area on your first night to get a feel for the entertainment on offer.
Language: The language spoken in Hersonissos is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Hersonissos is Euro (€)
Local time: Hersonissos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Heraklion International Airport (HER) is located 3km east of Heraklion and approximately 21.7 km from Hersonissos
Tourist information: Further Hersonissos 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.
Sun-seekers: With highs of 28 (°C) in the summer, Hersonissos has perfect tanning 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.
Temperature: 11-25 (°C)
Hersonissos starts to warm up in spring, with the average temperature in the mid-teens (°C) by the end of the season. For the best beach weather, visit during the summer, when you can enjoy highs of 28 and up to 14 hours of sunshine a day. Rainfall starts to steadily increase in autumn, but the sea is still warm enough to enjoy a swim. Winters are wet, but mild. Temperatures rarely drop below 10 throughout the season.
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.
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.
Traditional celebration: The 15th of August 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.