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Hersonissos, also transliterated as Chersonisos and Hersónisos, is a town and a municipality in the north of Crete, bordering the Mediterranean / Aegean Sea. This community is about 25 kilometers east of Heraklion and west of Agios Nikolaos. What is usually called Hersonissos is in fact its peninsula and harbour. It is part of the Heraklion regional unit. It is situated 25 km from the Heraklion airport and 27 km from the Heraklion port. The seat of the municipality is the village Gournes.

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Hersonissos is oriented towards tourism industry. Hersonissos can be considered as mainly being for families, and is quite useless for teenagers. The nightlife in the city is quite remote, but on the bright side it is a quaint place ideal for relaxation. The sandy beaches are heavenly for sunbathers, making the city fun during the day. Hersonissos is well known for being very safe during the night & day, it has a reputation of one of the safest places in Crete. In the main street there are many souvenir shops, as well as other shops and restaurants, some of which are near the sea. There is also a small aquarium called Aquaworld Aquarium featuring local sea life and reptiles, most of which are rescued animals and many of which visitors and their children can hold.




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People who like to rest and sunbathe on holiday can enjoy Hersonissos, for it has beaches, and excursions to other places on Crete can be made from here as well. Like many communities on Crete, the local economy is not only based on tourism, but also on agriculture. In the autumn, when most of the tourists have left, many people normally employed in the tourism industry earn money with the olive harvest.


You find a lot of club events on Hersonissos because it is the place to be for party people who love to go completely wild in the evening and midnight and who like to visit culture and beaches in daytime.





The harbour

The harbour of Hersonisos is famous for its night life and is mostly preferred by younger tourists who want to have fun at the beach and enjoy the nightlife, while the neighbouring villages offer quiet and peaceful environment for family vacation.




David Vegera, Chersonisos - Cuisines: Greek

Coast cafe - Cuisines: European

Sokaki - Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean

VOTSALO - Cuisines: Greek, International

MEZES - Cuisines: Greek


If you have enough of the crowded people and you want to do something else than just go out all the time. Pay a visit to another wonderful place like Naxos. In Naxos are a lot of rocks, you can dine on top of them and you'll have an unforgettable view that is definitely worth it! The women from Naxos are like all the Greek women very nice and hospitality, they welcome you with al their kindness and love to hang out with you.