Hersonissos was the port for the ancient Minoan city of Lyttos, Today it is one of the most fashionable Cretan resorts, due mainly to its attractive fishing harbour and huge selection of restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Over recent years it has become a firm favourite with a young and trendy crowd. There is a water park nearby which will no doubt attract families with young children, although the presence of the busy north coast road that runs through the centre of the resort, may put some off.
The sea front is completely given over to restaurants and cafés so you'll have plenty of choice. There is intense competition to get your custom, which brings with it the benefit of keeping prices to a reasonable level without compromising on quality.
The variety and extent of the coastline in Hersonissos makes it possible for holidaymakers to find a range of different places to swim. As you would expect in such a popular resort, Water sports are readily available. Daily cruises are also organised by various travel agents, to the neighbouring island of DIA and many other small islets and beaches in the immediate area.
The Romans invaded Hersonisos and during their occupation built a large aqueduct, an amphitheatre, a harbour, and a fountain. The Roman fountain has survived and can be found near the east end of the harbour. It has mosaics depicting fishermen. Remains of the Roman quay are located in the eastern part of the harbour, and is partially submerged. On the northeast side of the peninsula can be seen cuts in the rock which are thought to be Roman fish tanks.
Hersonissos, as the largest tourist resort in Crete, is famous for its nightlife and therefore preferred by younger holiday makers seeking a good time. There are many music bars, restaurants and tavernas, and an abundance of night clubs, which can become quite lively until the early hours of the morning. So if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful time, then perhaps Hersonissos is not the place for you, but if you like an all night party atmosphere, and a good beach, then it's well worth your consideration.
If you enjoy shopping then Hersonissos has an impressive variety of goods on offer, from designer labels, exquisite jewellery, fine antiques and high quality leather goods. there is also, of course, the usual tourist souvenirs on offer. Shops are open 9 am to 10 pm. 7 days a week during the holiday season. Other popular purchases are wine, embroidery, handicrafts, Woven goods, Folk art, and Various cheeses.