Hersonissos, Crete Island
Every Monday their is a cretan night in the Old village Chersonissos,its a few kilometers away from the center of chersonissos.It can be reach by walking to also enjoy the view,but its a little difficult to walk up coz its hilly,not advisable to elders.A taxi is a good choice too.
But even in an ordinary days Old Village Chersonissos is a good place to visit to see the cretan houses,and it also has a magnificent view.It has a small square or "platia" with some tavernas and cafes around,just in case you fell like you need a few bottles of MYTHOS beer or a little tzatziki with some bread!
Chersonissos is a very lovely place to stay.Everything is just around the corner.Exploring around through walking is very easy.Lots of shops,restaurants and bars around.Supermarkets for shopping foods/drinks are everywhere.Their is a beach located near the port ( a little bit up) perfect for swimming or just lying under sun while having a glass of sex on the beach! BARS for parties occupied the whole street from the port till the end. Boat trips are also available (just dont believe to these people who says who can see dolphins,sea lions or maybe mermaids,lol), NEMO BOAT is a good choice,THE BLACK ROSE is great pirate boat too!! Their is also an aquarium (good for the children) called AQUAWORLD AQUARIUM,just a little bit behind Spar Supermarkets.STARBEACH is huge waterpark great for family,even singles too!! Chersonissos can be crowded with teenagers during July until beginning of September,then the weather would be extremely hot too.Adults,family,or senior citizens better visits chersonissos in the beginning of May until June,and in the month of September to October when the weather is mild.
Located in the resort town of Hersonissos is this small Aquarium and Reptile sanctuary.Owned and run by a husband and wife team the centre caters for rescued reptiles and marine life and offers the visitor a chance to learn about certain species.Inside the building are tanks full of fish and an open pool area for rescued Turtles.Out back is the Reptile section with Snakes,Lizards and Tortioses on show.Its a really neat place and offers visitors the chance to see the more unsual species of the animal world.
The centre is open from April 1st till October 31st,10am till 6pm(last entry 5.15pm)
Prices are 6 euros for adults and 4 Euros for children.
We visited the Cretan Open-air Museum 'LYCHNOSTATIS ' which aims to promote understanding and awareness of the Cretan folk cultural heritage.
We found it fascinating for a couple of hours. There are displays of:
the life-style in the pre-industrial Crete 19th - 20th century, Cretan Nature and Environment and Cretan Folk Culture. You can wander around the grounds and see a farmer's house and a merchant's house, Chapel , Windmill, Olive oil press, Wine-press, Distillery for ' raki ', threshing floor, Shepherd's shelter, Ceramic workshop, Weaving and plant-dying workshop and gardens with a herbarium, fruit trees and cactus.
It is not too expensive and when you are finished we had an excellent meal next door at Camping Caravan Restaurant where the food was really good and a very good price. They are really helpfull if you have any questions about the area and make you feel really welcome.
This is an opened air museum of Cretan life, located in Hersonissos. What you can find here are three main collections:
Nature & Flora collection, Ethnographic Collection.
You can visit a local house with all the inside decorsations, a chapel, a windmill, a shepherd’s shelter, a wine vat, a raki distillery, workshops of ceramics, weaving and plant dyeing, a bee;s &^ wax house, a school.
There are also works of different artists and an Ehibition room where all kind of events are organized.
Maybe you would like to smell the aromatic plants in the little garden or just walk around the other garden, with trees.
You can walk everywhere and stay as much as you want and, before leaving, there is a small coffee where you can stay and hear Greek music and you are given a treat from the house: raki or different juices. I received an almond one, very delicious and tasted also a Cretan tea made by herbs which are growing there.
Lychnostatis’ The Crete Outdoor museum is in Hersonissos right next to the beach near the end that becomes Stalis.
It has gardens of fruit trees, Herbs, cacti, shrubs, minerals and stone that are native to Crete.
A stone built farmhouse, middle class house, chapel, olive press, windmills, threshing floor, wine vats, raki distillery, ceramic workshop, weaving shed, an old school, a wax bees wax house and a shelter that would have been made by a shepherd in the mountains.
A collection of local folk art and craftwork, there are also audio and visual presentations (in Greek) recounting the memories of people living on Crete years ago.
There is a cafe that serves the people in the museum and the ones sunbathing on the beach. The cafe serves traditional Cretan Drinks (like herbal teas) as well as our modern ones.
It is open 09:30 – 14:00 and costs €5 for adults, €2 ages 4 -12, €3 Students.
You get a map and a sheet translating Greek poems and sayings into your language. Audio Guides are available in French and English and guided tours in German and Dutch.
Coming a 2nd only to Malia Chersonisou is a hive of Bars and night clubs. There are some good restaurants and tavernas and various sections of sandy or pebbly beaches and rocky outcrops we had a walk along the sea front past many tavernas and steps down to the beaches. This is a very Old town although you would not think it just from looking at it now. If you walk out onto the head land you can see what are the remains of an ancient Roman port, and in the town cordoned off is part of a dolphin mosaic with would have decorated a roman fountain.
A good morning out is the Cretan open air museum in Lychnostatis.
Although not of itself an historical site, a number of buildings have been recreated showing different aspects of Cretan life.
During a morning tour traditional Cretan food is prepared and eaten, there is a Cretan dance troupe (very energetic!) and also a wine trampling ceremony for those so inclined.
After these events, you are at liberty to wander around the various houses, although, should you wish, there are guided tours in English and German.
There is a very pleasant garden area where all types of Cretan produce are grown.
My favourite place was a small shepherds house with collected poems on the walls written by a shepherd to his sweetheart over a period of about 50 years including a very poignant one written after her death.
The museum is open 0930 - 1430. most people come in an organised coach party, but it is quite possible to visit individually.
Hersonissos is located 26 km east of Iraklion on the road to Agios Nikolaos.
It keeps the name of the ancient city that was located in the place that the harbour of Hersonisos is today. The village of Old Hersonisos, located within a small distance to the south was built due to the fear of the pirates, that forced the inhabitants of the village to move in the inland.
The harbour of Hersonissos is famous for its night life as there are many bars, restaurants and tavernas next to the beach.
At the neighbouring villages a number of small hotels and apartments offer quiet and peaceful environment for family vacation.
The visitor to the area of Hersonissos will find a large number of shops with jewels, furs, clothing etc. and of course many places to rent cars or bikes.
Old Hersonissos is just a short drive uphill from Hersonissos itself, and is a really cool place to spend the evening.
It basically consists of an square, of which is very pretty and full of restaurants.
We wandered around and then sat down to a gorgeous meal and people watched, taking in the true atmosphere.
Whilst we were there, there were traditional dancers and music in the middle of the square.
Even if just for a few hours its a good place to visit.
Hersonissos is a bigger, much more established town than Malia.
It is especially popular with both Dutch and Irish holidaymakers - resulting in fantastic nightlife!
There is a nice harbour area, with a small beach beside it - however better beaches can be found in the nearby resort of Gouves and further away Malia.
There are so many shops here, selling everything from souvenirs to clothes.
There are great restaurants here also, serving everything imaginable.
This small city is mainly the tourist center with a lot of beautiful beaches, hotels, restaurants, pubs, etc. It is full of night life, discos, etc. There are two interesting places here. One is Lychonostatis - the folklore museum where you can see how people lived and worked in the past. The second interesting thing is the mini-zoo with some local animals like - turtles, fishes, snakes and lizards.