Hersonissos, Prefecture of Heraklion
Coming a 2nd only to Malia, Hersonissos 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 which would have decorated a roman fountain.
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.