Hersonissos travel guide

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.

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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.

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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: Hersonissos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Heraklion International Airport. Transfer time is 1 hour and 15 minutes to Hersonissos. 

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Hersonissos is 3.5–4 hours.

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.

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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.