Welcome to Hersonissos! In the north of Crete and 25 km away from Heraklion, a modern island seaside town bustling with life has turned into the largest tourist resort of the island. Although the region is mostly famous for its vibrant nightlife, Hersonissos has much more to offer. Archaeological attractions, picturesque villages, amazing beaches and fun activities await to be discovered. Here are the top things to do in Hersonissos, Crete, during your stay at your favorite 5 star hotel, Elysium Boutique Hotel! Are you ready to explore?
Dive into the history of Crete
Did you know that 5 km south of Heraklion lays the oldest city of Europe? Inhabited since the Neolithic period, the Archaeological site of Knossos is the center of the ancient Minoan civilization and definitely a must-see during your journey to Crete. Spreading over an area of 20.000 m2, here you will photograph yourself against the backdrop of the glorious Place of Knossos, the seat of the legendary King Minos. If you consider yourself a history buff, do not miss to also pay a visit to Ancient Phaistos, the second largest city of Minoan Crete, located 62 km south of Heraklion. Serving as the palace of King Sarpedon, the brother of King Minos, the archaeological site of Malia is the third largest palatial construction of the Minoan civilization. Do not forget to take your swimming suit with you, as you can combine your visit with diving into the waters of Malia beach!
Village-hopping in Hersonissos
Little picturesque gems are hidden here and there in Hersonissos if you are willing to discover them! During your stay at Elysium Boutique Hotel, we recommend an interesting village-hopping to three attractive and traditional villages at a short distance. A quiet hilltop village with picturesque stone-built houses, Ano Hersonissos is the westernmost and overlooks the sea. On the slopes of Mountain Harakas, Piskopiano is the middle and the smallest village of the three, offering nice panoramic views and many options to enjoy your coffee or dinner. The easternmost, Koutouloufari will enchant you with its narrow paved alleyways, traditional houses, arched doorways and shady courtyards. Stroll around, enjoy the view and feel the more traditional vibes of Hersonissos!
Explore the amazing Cretan beaches
The beach of Analipsi, the small organized sandy and pebbled beach a few steps away from Elysium Boutique Hotel, is your perfect starting point to indulge in the sea and sun of Crete and enjoy the services of the Bliss Bar! However, Heraklion is filled with many beautiful organized shores you can explore. The long, sandy and golden beach of Hersonissos is not only the best organized on the island, but also it is an ideal option for water sports lovers. Another beautiful sandy beach you should visit is Kokkini Hani, famous for its crystal clear waters, traditional taverns and windsurfing options. Malia is long, sandy and with turquoise waters, while Stalida is one of the most famous beach resorts of Crete. In Anissaras, you will find rocky and sandy coasts for all tastes. The legendary Matala, famous for the hippie lifestyle and its caves, may be located at the southern side of Heraklion prefecture, but is worth the road-trip.
Fun activities in Heraklion
Hersonissos offers a variety of fun activities you can enjoy! Cretaquarium-Thalassocosmos in Gournes is one of the top attractions of the region and will even answer your questions on how fish and sharks are fed! If you have a keen interest in the sea and reptile life, also pay a visit to the Aqua world Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, where you can take wonderful photos and even interact with the animals, the majority of which are rescued. For an adrenaline rush and endless hours of fun, we recommend Acqua Plus Water Park in Hersonissos, the biggest and safest in Crete offering the tallest and fastest slides in the area! Last but not least, Crete Golf Club invites you to enjoy golf sessions surrounded by the magnificent Cretan landscape.