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Towards the Lasithi Plateu
Managed by a Greek-Australian family, this homely taverna specialises in spit-roasted meats and dishes cooked in the wood oven in front. The lamb in rosé wine with bay leaves is recommended.
Nikos the Fisherman
Every night, owner-chef Kleopatra prepares the fresh catch brought in by hubbie Nikos in her tiny kitchen. The food is universally excellent, but since there is no menu, you might want to clarify the cost of your meal when ordering.
Crete Golf Club
Next to Acqua Plus, this is Crete’s only 18-hole golf course. It’s a tough desert-style course that makes challenging use of the hillside setting and is definitely not for hackers.
This outfit on the main road near the Star Beach water park organises horseriding tours into the local mountains for €60, including hotel transfer and lunch.
Right in town, behind the big Spar supermarket, this small, private aquarium is run by a friendly Brit. It showcases mostly local fish, including such crowd-pleasers as the venomous scorpion fish and the brightly hued peacock wrasse, as well as turtles, geckos, a python and other reptiles. All animals are rescues.
Honest-to-goodness Greek food is a rare commodity in Hersonisos proper, which is what makes Gianna and Manos’ taverna such a find. It’s tucked into a side street off the main strip.
Wet fun awaits at Greece’s oldest water park, in a lovely hillside garden setting 5km inland on the road to Kastelli. Kamikazee and 2 Black Holes are among the slides tailored to adrenaline junkies, while nervous nellies might prefer the gentle float down the 270m- long Lazy River or a soak in the jacuzzi.
In a lovely seaside setting on the town’s eastern edge, this family-operated open-air folklore museum recreates a traditional Cretan village with commendable authenticity. The various buildings include a windmill and a farmer’s house.
Not far from the Lychnostatis Museum and part of the eponymous hotel complex, this water park is smaller and more low-key than the competition, making it perhaps less overwhelming for small children. Admission is free but most activities – jet skiing to parasailing – are fee-based.
Memory Boutique Hotel
The hotel completed in 2010 the total renovation of the premises in a modern architectural style...
Marinet Studios & Apartments
Just 50 metres from the beach of Hersonissos, Marinet Studios & Apartments features a free-form swimming pool with a poolside bar-restaurant surrounded by well-kept gardens with free sunbeds and umbrellas...
Maria Beach Apartments
Featuring bike and car rental services and free WiFi in public areas, Maria Beach Apartments is located in the resort of Hersonissos. It is 200 metres from the beach and 700 metres from Aquaworld Aquarium...
Dimitrion Central Hotel
Property Location With a stay at Dimitrion Central Hotel in Hersonissos (Old Town Hersonissos), you'll be minutes from Aquaworld Aquarium and close to Star Beach Water Park...
Centrally located in Hersonissos, Despina Hotel is 30 metres from the beach and features rooms with balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea. It offers a snack bar and is within a 2-minute walk from restaurants and shops...
Voula Hotel & Apartments
The family-run Hotel Voula offers air-conditioned accommodation and a quiet location right in the centre of Hersonissos. It is located just 100 metres from the sandy beach and as well as restaurants, bars and shops...
Only 50 metres from Hersonissos Beach, this studio/apartment complex offers spacious accommodation with fully equipped kitchenettes and satellite TV. It has a swimming pool with sun terrace and children’s deck and a snack bar...
Centrally located in Limenas Chersonissou and within 170 metres from the beach, Royal House features a pool, a furnished sun terrace and a bar. It offers free Wi-Fi in all areas and self-catering units with a balcony...
Royal House Studios & Apartments
Property Location With a stay at Royal House Studios & Apartments in Hersonissos (Old Town Hersonissos), you'll be convenient to Aquaworld Aquarium and Star Beach Water Park...
Diamond Apartments & Suites
Diamond Apartments & Suites is quietly located only 100 metres from the nearest beach in Chersonisos of Crete. It offers self-catered accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Guests can order traditional Cretan breakfast in the privacy of their rooms...