Hersonissos Crete, is located about 26 km east of Heraklion city, between Anissaras and Stalida. Because of its tourism, Hersonissos has been developed as one of the most famous resorts in Crete in just a few decades. Hersonissos village is called officially “Limenas Hersonissou”, which means “Port of Hersonissos”. About 2 km south of Hersonissos lies its coastal side which has been constantly developing since 1960.
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 a big, glossy town on the north coast of the island. It’s one of the liveliest places on Crete, with restaurants, bars and clubs keeping the nightlife upbeat in the centre and along the waterfront. There’s more to this place than big nights, though. It comes with a couple of waterparks, not to mention a trio of rather lovely beaches.
It is a great beach resort, fully developed to cater for all your needs, and boasts many vibrant bars and clubs. Along with its famous nightlife the town has plenty more to offer, is great for families, and has attractions for all tastes.
Hersonissos Crete Beaches
The beaches around Hersonissos are among the most popular in Heraklion Crete. It is well organized and has many watersports centres.
Where is Hersonissos Crete located
How to get to Hersonissos Crete
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.
From Chania and Rethymno to Hersonissos: The National Road from Chania and Rethymno to Heraklion continues on to Hersonissos and further east. Hersonissos is about 2 hours’ drive from Rethymno and 2.5 hours from Chania.
To get from Agios Nikolaos to Hersonissos, take the National Road in the direction of Heraklion, and you will be in Hersonissos in about half an hour.
From Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Gournes, Analipsi and Anissaras to Hersonissos: Take the old National Road through the above resorts, this leads to Hersonissos in a few minutes’ drive. Buses are frequent, while taxis are cheap as it’s only a short distance away.
The same applies to Stalis and Malia, which are east of Hersonissos and very close to it.
Hersonissos Crete Nightlife
Hersonissos really comes to life after sunset. The waterfront is packed with bars and clubs, which pull in big-name DJs and pump out house and chart music. For those wanting something a little less boisterous, the back streets are great for seeking out Irish pubs playing live music, as well as quieter spots for chilled-out drinks.
Hersonissos Crete Hotels
For your accommodation, there is a variety of rooms for rent, hotels, and furnished apartments. The best website to book a hotel or a villa in Hersonissos (it has the most available rooms and private villas on the island…even more than Airbnb!) visit hotelscombined.com