Crete – Hersonissos

The island's geography:

Crete is the biggest Greek island and the fifth in size in the Mediterranean (after Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and Cyprus). It extends at a length of 260km from Gramvousa (Chania) to the northeast of Cape Sidera. The total size is 8.26159sq.m. On the north there is the small island of Dia and on the southwest the small island of Gavdos, the southest boarder of Europe.

Learn about the culture and the long history of Crete:

Some of the most prominent sights of Greece can be found in Crete: famous archaeological sights, like the palaces of Minoan Crete: Knossos, Faistos, Malia and Kato Zakros are awaiting your visit. Also you can visit several monasteries of great religious and historical important built in the 15th century or even earlier like the Preveli Monasteries on the south of Rethymnon. There are also a lot of castles in the area, most of them built during the Venetian Domination – Kasteli in Chania, Fraggokastelo in the municipality of Chania, Fortetsa in Rethymno, Heraklio Castle, Kazarma Castle in Sitia and Monte Forte in Lasithi. A great proportion of the island’s cultural wealth can be seen in its museums. Don’t miss out the opportunity to visit one of the most renowned museums of Greece, the Archaeological Museum of Heraklio as well as the Natural History Museum and the Historical Museum in Heraklio.

Crete: the ultimate combination of sea and mountains

Crete is the ideal destination for all sorts of sports and recreational activities in nature. Canoeing: widely-known for its gorges, Crete is an exquisite natural spot. The top-ranking Samaria Gorge along with the Gorges of Amba, Tripiti, Kourtaliotiko, Kamaraiko, Ethia, Eliggas, Ha are only some of the options. Hiking: The countless hiking routes available, several of them inside gorges, make Crete the top destination for hiking and trekking. Samaria Gorge route, Paleochora to Roumeli route, Agia Roumeli-Finikas-Loutro route, Votomos Gorge route, Preveli Gorge route, Zakros Gorge route, Kamaraiko Cave on Mountain Psiloritis are only a few suggestions. Water sports: The cosmopolitan resorts of north and south Crete host all kinds of water sports and diving centres.

Crete: “The land in the midst of the wine-dark sea, a fair, rich land, begirt with water...” Homer

In modern times Cretan wine has attracted the attention and preference of public opinion. The various Cretan wines form a valuable heritage trust in complete harmony to the varieties, the diversity and uniqueness of several wine producing areas together with the long Cretan tradition in winery, have all laid the foundations for the current quality of Cretan wine which is continuously on the rise.

About Hersonissos

Hersonissos is 26 kilometers east of Heraklion. Hersonissos has developed due to tourism and, in just a few decades, has grown into the largest tourist area in Crete. Hersonissos has about 3,000 permanent inhabitants 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 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. People traveling with children will find many ways of keeping them happy in Hersonissos, with a day at the two Water Parks, an extreme sport park, a visit to the Hersonissos Aquarium or the giant Creta Aquarium in Gournes, a trip on the “happy train”, and many many more attractions.

Nightlife

Hersonissos is famous for its nightlife. It is considered to be the liveliest place to revel in Crete and one of the most vivid places in Greece. You will find dozens of cafes, bars, traditional taverns, discos and night clubs, most of them located just a few meters far from the beach. You can find a place for every liking, including most kinds of music.
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