Home / Crete Pictures / Old Hersonissos picturesOld Hersonissos pictures Old Hersonissos pictures Ano Hersonissos or Old Hersonissos lies on the slope of Mount Charakas, high above coastal Hersonissos or Limani Hersonissou (Hersonissos Harbour).From Ano Hersonissos you can enjoy the Sea of Crete from on high, only 2 kilometres from cosmopolitan Hersonissos.Entering Ano Hersonissos from the west, the first thing you see is the church of Agios Dimitrios.Palm trees decorate the west entrance to Ano Hersonissos, opposite Agios Dimitrios.An old house choked in greenery. Ano Hersonissos, as seen in the pictures on this page, preserves its traditional architecture, unlike coastal Hersonissos.From this point (west entrance), you move on towards the main village square.The main square in Ano Hersonissos is the heart of the village and its prettiest spot. Every Monday a traditional Cretan evening with live music and dancing is held here, from May to October.On either side of the square are small tavernas serving traditional food which you will enjoy in the shade of the trees.This cook welcomes you to the square of Ano Hersonissos and reminds you that if you’re not hungry, you can sit down for a drink or a coffee.For the moment, the only route for cars is through the square. If you want to continue to Piskopiano and Koutouloufari, you will have to cross this square.The tavernas in Ano Hersonissos retain their traditional character, as opposed to the modern shops in coastal Hersonissos. International specialities have not yet invaded and you can enjoy the flavours of Cretan Cooking.A taverna in a lovely traditional building with its well, vine and mulberry trees. Ano Hersonissos, taverna with traditional cookingAnother traditional taverna with Cretan cooking in Ano Hersonissos.Tourists enjoying a meal in the shade of the trees.The main square of Ano Hersonissos is not just for tourists but also for locals, whom you will enjoying their coffee or raki at all hours of the day.A small square next to the old church of Panayia (the Virgin) on the west side of the village.We pick our way between the taverna tables to reach the small square in front of the church of Panayia.A small sculpture decorating the squareRelaxing in the shade of the trees next to the church of Panayia. The old well may no longer give cool water, but it is a pretty and nostalgic addition to the churchyard.The church of Panayia in Ano HersonissosThe marble plaque over the church door bears the carved date 1848, when this church was built in Ano Hersonissos.Another detail of Panayia Church.Shop selling woven fabrics and folk art in Ano HersonissosThe pictures speak for themselves, and a stroll through the village alleyways shows that Ano Hersonissos preserves its traditional character and architecture, unlike its coastal neighbour, the Hersonissos of bars and wild nightlife.A lovely old house in Ano HersonissosMrs Eleni and her neighbour enjoy the cool shade of the grapevine in her yard.The old wooden door with a may-wreath still nailed to it. There are many opportunities for pretty photos as you Walk through the village alleyways.The vine in the yard is a basic feature of all traditional Cretan houses, offering many benefits: in the summer when the vineleaves are thick, it gives shade and keeps the yard cool. In winter the leaves fall, letting through the light and heat of the sun. The vine also offers the householder delicious grapes.Another yard of an old house, covered by a vine.The old digger is no longer used, but it shows that this is a farming village, not wholly dependent on tourism.This house front is completely covered in flowers, reminding us of the taste of the old Cretans, who made their homes beautiful with the limited means at their disposal.A restored stone house with a beautiful wooden door.A few stones, earth, some flowers and a broken jar form a lovely, simple composition decorating the yard of the house.A humble geranium decorates the house entrance, its bright red flowers forming a pleasing contrast against the dark blue wooden door.An old stone house with a pretty balcony behind the village square.You will find lovely houses, old and new, everywhere in Ano Hersonissos. The village has managed to keep its character and architecture, withstanding the wave of concrete and forming, along with the neighbouring villages of Piskopiano and Koutouloufari, an oasis in the faceless development of the north coast of Crete.A taverna full of flowers in Ano Hersonissos. Look for it in the village alleyways and be rewarded with the delicious food it serves.Detail of the same taverna. The geranium in a clay pot, the stone wall, the trees and the wooden tables with country-style tablecloths make a beautiful picture matching the traditional character of Ano Hersonissos.Ano Hersonissos War memorial dedicated to the Cretan fight for freedomStatue of a Cretan warrior fighting for his country’s freedom Read more: Crete Pictures © explorecrete.com All Rights Reserved. Reproduction or copying without permission is prohibited.