What to do in Hersonissos area
The following information applies to the wider area of:
- Kokkini Hani, Gouves and Gournes
- Hersonissos: Hersonissos town, Anissaras, Ano Hersonissos, Koutouloufari and Piskopiano.
- Stalis and Malia
- Sissi and Milatos
Visit the neighbouring villages of Ano Hersonissos, Piskopiano and Koutouloufari. The latter will impress you particularly with its traditional character and romantic atmosphere.
Visit coastal Hersonissos with its lovely beaches, lots of shops, the Star Beach Waterpark, go-carting, the Hersonissos aquarium with its fish and reptiles including turtles, and the Lychnostatis Folk Museum.
Visit the Minoan Palace of Malia, a few kilometres east of Hersonissos.
Dance the night away in the Hersonissos bars and enjoy partying till dawn, or as long as you last.
Go golfing at the Crete Golf Club, two or three kilometres from Ano Hersonissos, on the road to Kastelli.
Next door to the Golf Club is the Acqua Plus Waterpark, with lots of waterslides and other games for young and old.
Visit the farm at Potamies, with donkeys, ponies and other animals. There is also taverna at the farm, so you can combine sport with lunch.
Go horseback riding in Avdou, climb up to the Cave of Agia Fotini or stroll through the streets of this pretty village.
Visit Krasi village with its giant plane tree and rushing streams, and drive uphill to the village of Kera and the historic monastery of Panagia Kera (Our Lady).
A few kilometres further on is the Lassithi Plateau with its famous windmills and the Dictean Cave, the birthplace of Zeus (another legend has it that he was born in the Ideon Cave on Mt Ida or Psiloritis).
Half an hour’s drive east of Hersonissos are the villages of Sissi and Milatos with their fish tavernas. At Milatos you can visit the Cave of Milatos with its bloody history, and continue on to discover the unknown Lassithi with its picturesque villages.
For those who would prefer a longer trip, the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos with its famous lake is about 40 minutes' drive east of Hersonissos. You can combine it with a boat trip to Spinalonga, the lepers’ island, or a visit to lovely Elounda.
Half an hour’s drive west is the city of Heraklion, with its Archaeological Museum and the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Visit both on a guided tour so you can have your own guide. Without the guide’s knowledge your visit will be a poorer experience.
Last but not least, let’s not forget the Crete Aquarium, the new aquarium in Gournes and one of the largest in the southern Mediterranean. Gournes is just 15 minutes’ drive east of Hersonissos.