Unwind in the sun of Hersonissos, also called Chersonesos, an important seaport from Classical Greece through Byzantine times that served the city of Lyttos. The modern leisure port is built over the remains of the Roman port, but some traces of its historic past are are still visible in some places, even if most of it is hidden underwater. On the seaside street, look for a pyramidal Roman fountain with mosaics of fishing scenes. If you feel more adventurous, climb on the top of the rocky hill behind the port to find the ruins of an early Christian basilica featuring stunning floor mosaics. Once you're there, don't forget to take a breather and enjoy sweeping views on the harbor, far from the madding crowd.
On the coast, approximately one kilometer to the east of Hersonissos, you will find an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Britomartis, a Greek goddess of mountains and hunting who was primarily worshipped on the island of Crete.
Hersonissos off the beaten track
The Municipality of Hersonissos spans from the north coastline of central Crete to the imposing mountain chains of Lasithi. Sandy, peaceful beaches, and spectacular coastlines beckon travelers to Hersonissos. In spite of being a popular tourist spot, Hersonissos still has an unspoiled mainland, where many historical monuments and landscapes of exceptional beauty await to be explored. Following the old road to Hersonissos is a journey through time itself. 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 enthrall you with sublime landscapes, forgotten flavors, and the renowned Cretan hospitality. Take a walking tour and discover the unknown beauties of Hersonissos and make sure that you have enough time to enjoy it fully!
Fun for the whole family
On top of natural and historical wonders, Hersonissos offers activities for every age and interest. Sport lovers will enjoy among others: golf, sea sports, mountain bike, and paragliding. The younger members of the family will have a blast visiting animal farms and the Lychnostatis open air museum, not to mention the many playgrounds on the seaside. Food and wine lovers will be pleased to find a wide selection of high quality restaurants. After the sun goes down, Hersonissos's famous discos won't disappoint you and if you want more, Malia's frenetic nightlife is just a 15 minutes' drive away (and Heraklion is not far either.)