Heraklion is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with a history dating back more than 3,500 years and a population that exceeds 250.000 people. Here you will find the world renowned ruins of the city of Knossos, one of the most visited Archaeological Museums in Europe and a social life, only found in the heart of the Mediterranean region.
In the past six years, starting with the Athens 2004 Olympic Games (Heraklion was hosting in a brand new stadium a number of football games), the city was reshaped, re-inventing the most important element in the island, the sea. A new seafront has been created, starting from the old port (with the fortress of Coule), to the Pangrition Stadium. Among other things, an 8,000 m foot and bicycles path, exactly by the sea, was constructed.
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Hersonissos is 26 kilometres east of Heraklion, between Anissaras and Stalis.
Hersonissos has developed due to tourism and, in just a few decades, has grown into the largest tourist resort in Crete.
Hersonissos has about 3,000 permanent inhabitants (2,981 in the 2001 census), but this number increases exponentially each summer, with the thousands of seasonal workers in tourism, and of course the hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to Hersonissos on holiday.
Hersonissos is officially named Limenas Hersonissou (“Port of Hersonissos”), because it was once the harbour of the village of Αno Hersonissos (“Upper Hersonissos”), now known as Old Hersonissos. Ano Hersonissos is 2 kilometres south of seaside Hersonissos, which essentially developed from the 1960s onwards due to tourism. Until then it had been just a small village with a rudimentary harbour, from which local agricultural goods were exported.
Hersonissos is known as the most organized tourist destination in Crete. It is also known for its high quality hotels, conference infrastructures and the natural beauty of its coasts. Mass tourism, beautiful beaches and the rich nightlife only constitute one side of the coin “Hersonissos”. Its other side, which is less acknowledged, includes the pristine mainland, where many historical monuments and landscapes of exceptional beauty await to be discovered.
The natural routes in the Municipality of Hersonissos also offer a journey through time, to the rich history of a blessed place. From its southern extremity, the mountainous “Kera” at the edge of the Lasithi plateau, until its northern border, the portside with the Roman and Byzantine antiquities, the wider region of Hersonissos will award visitors with beautiful images, forgotten flavors and the traditional Cretan hospitality. Hersonissos of Greece…leave your traces in the most visited tourist destination…
Visitors may enjoy the organized tourist installations of the north and also escape by taking cultural tours and walks in forgotten ancient paths and in the villages of “Lagkada”. There are activities for every taste: for sport lovers: (golf, sea sports, mountain bike ect) for children (playgrounds, animal farms), for the lovers of gastronomy and wine from a wide selection of high quality restaurants.
Hersonissos is ideal for…
If anyone tries to sell you a holiday in Hersonissos by telling you it’s a small, picturesque Cretan town, don’t believe them – they’re lying.
Hersonissos means fun and mass tourism, lovely but busy beaches, a modern town with dozens of shops selling tourist goods, clothes and jewellery, restaurants offering all kinds of food, cafeterias, bars and nightclubs to suit every taste.
How to get to Hersonissos
From Heraklion Airport you can get to Hersonissos by rented car, delivered on your arrival at the airport, by taxi or by bus. Heraklion Airport is roughly 20 kilometres from Hersonissos, about a 15-minute drive along the new National Road.
From Heraklion Port to Hersonissos. If you haven’t got a car, you can either take a taxi on leaving the ferry, or walk 500 metres down the road to the main bus station, just outside the port on the other side of the road. Buses depart for Hersonissos every half hour, from early in the morning to late at night.
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