One of the most popular areas for tourists in Crete, 26 km east of Heraklion, it is composed of a string of bays to the west and a little outside the core of the settlement: with white sand and blue-green waters.
Here there is a busy atmosphere, but not to the degree as you will meet in the crowded centre, which is but a short walk away. Here and at the centre of Hersonissos, you can get whatever you require: a large number of hotel complexes, hotels of all grades, rentable rooms and apartments, tavernas, restaurants, cafeterias and bars and banks, shops and a supermarket!
The westernmost of these beaches is close to the church of Aghios Georgios. A set of steps leads down to the beach, which has a large smooth rock in it – umbrellas and wooden platforms to dive off.
Between the various coves, and a little way off the above mentioned spot is a beach which the nudists come to, even though it is rather close to the road. There is nothing here but sand and rocks (certainly not clothes!) and so it offer a degree of solitude: it is the only one hereabouts that does not have a rash of umbrellas and sunbeds.
A little past the nudist-spot, a small path leads from the road to Sarandari beach. A sandy covelet, it attracts every day hordes of people intent on a swim.
Right beside it is another beach, Giofori: it is well-organized with white sand and blue-green waters. Here, apart from umbrellas and sunbeds, you will find a full range of water-sports.
Going east, you will meet other small coves where you can enjoy a swim. The largest beach hereabouts, well organized, is attached to a large hotel complex .. it runs on up to the harbour of Chersonesos. Equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds, it also has good opportunities for water-sports and a beach volley-ball court.
Between the busy tourist Meccas of Chersonesos and Malia is the slightly less frenetic Stalida, which is a good choice for family holidays.
- Tips, Suggestions, Iseful info
- History, Culture
- What to do (Activities)
- What to see (Culture, Nature)
- location Hersonissos, Hersonissos, Heraklio
- free camping No
- nudism Yes - in some areas
- beach type Sandy
- accommodation Yes - plenty of choices
- dinning Yes - plenty of choices
- other facilities
There are sunbeds and parasols (umbrellas). Also there are offered plenty of options for water sports.
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Distances: 26 km from Heraklion.
By car/motorcycle: To visit this small peninsula, there are two ways available, both via the old National Road of Heraklion - Ag. Nikolaos: one is to drive until you see the sign for Anissaras and turn left there. From Anissara continue on the road towards the southeast until you reach the Limanakia. The other way is to continue on the old highway, ignoring the sign for Anissaras, until you reach the Peninsula itself. Turn off the highway onto the Peninsula, continue until on the left side you see a medical center. Turn left at the medical center and continue to the first intersection you come across. Turn left again here and continue on the road until you reach the Limanakia.
By bus: Regular bus services run from Heraklion to Hersonissos.