Top 8 Things to do in Hersonissos, Greece

February 22, 2018 Emerita Lamoureux

Sandy, peaceful beaches and ancient ruins beckon travelers to Chersonisos, a one-time Roman port on the island of Crete. This is a family-friendly place, with plenty of activities for kids. The Lychnostatis Open Air Museum gives you the chance to explore the trades and lifestyles of early islanders. Exhibits include a herbarium, olive oil and wine presses and workshops on ceramics, shoe making and weaving. The aquarium showcases local sea creatures, as do the town's many traditional cafes, though in a completely different (and more delicious) manner.
Restaurants in Hersonissos

1. Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

7 Filikis Eterias | Hersonissos Port, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece +30 2897 029125
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

Aquaworld - Crete's first Aquarium - opened in Hersonissos in 1995 - near Bus Stop 20. It features local sea life and reptiles from Crete and from all around the world. Most of the animals are rescued or are unwanted pets which have found a new home at Aquaworld. Our philosophy is simple - bring people and animals closer together and, inevitably, people will begin to respect and care more about the animals!

Reviewed By stickman2018 - Koper, Slovenia

Incredible people, fantastic place...tiny, at first sight makes little impression, but then you see that people have passion and are completely engaged in what they do. They talk to us, tell about animals, let us touch them....fantastic adventure for kids...good to spend money on such initiative as this one!!!!I will come back there when I'm in Crete!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Plaka, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece +30 2897 023660
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists of four main collections: Nature & Flora Collection, with Gardens of fruit- trees, aromatic herbs, cactus, shrubs and plants, stones and minerals of Crete. Ethnographic Collection, with a presentation of Cretan traditional life (a stone- made farmhouse, a middleclass house, a chapel, an olive- oil press, a windmill, a shepherd's shelter, a threshing floor, a wine- vat, a raki- distillery, workshops of ceramics, weaving and plant- dyeing, an old school, a bee's & wax house).Art collection with works of folk artists exhibited in the Folk Artist's Gallery, the Open- Air Theatre and the Exhibitions' Room.Collection of pre-Industrial Technology with equipment (olive- oil press, windmill, carob-mill, herb-press) used in the past. The Museum organizes a range of educational programs and its Audiovisual Department produces films, CD- ROM's, DVD' s presented daily in the Multimedia & Conference room. It has also a Museum-shop and a cafe. The Museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2010 and honoured by the University of Crete in 1997 for its ecological activities. "LYCHNOSTATIS" is open for a daily visit with a guided- tour, from (Saturday closed).

Reviewed By Rolie L - London, United Kingdom

Did not know quite what to expect, but a very gentle wander through cretes past, different things to see around every corner, you feel totally immersed in the history, not just looking at it, was raining slightly during our visit, but would still recommend it, it is very well laid out and explained, they do demonstrations from time to time, but sadly not during our visit.

3. Labyrinth Theme Park

4th Km Hersonissos To Kasteli Road, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece +30 697 590 3303
Excellent
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4.5 based on 413 reviews

Labyrinth Theme Park

Reviewed By TheFoodJokey - Thessaloniki, Greece

It is really great place to combine entertainment with education The main maze is great fun for kids and parents The trojan horse is big and impressive The miniatures of the old village are amazing...

4. Star Beach

Hersonissos 20, Hersonissos, Crete 71302, Greece +30 2897 029351
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Star Beach

Reviewed By robvivdevon - Plymouth, United Kingdom

We moved down to this hotel on day 4 of our holiday after a bad experience at our original hotel
I wish we had moved on day one . the kids had an amazing time the staff in all areas were fabulous. Marianna in the dining hall teaching the kids a few Greek words at meal times. The kids club was the best i have ever come across and included everyone and catered for all ages .the water park was great and again catered for all ages in a well kept and safe environment .as in the title THIS PLACE SAVED OUR HOLIDAY . A massive thank you to you all hope to visit again as a no1 choice this time!!

5. The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis

Anopolis Handicraft Park, Anopolis, Hersonissos, Crete 70008, Greece +30 697 754 3383
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5 based on 73 reviews

The Bronze - Kelesis Yannis

Our workshop is located in the industrial, artistic park of Anopolis, in kokkini Hani area to Hersonisos municipality.Since 1964 we manufacture bronze statues and other artifacts, using the method of smelting, by the exact same way that the Minoans were producing their artifacts, which we admire nowadays in museums all over the world. The art of sculpture together with the art of smelting metal are the basic stages of our work, which you can see during your visit in our workshop. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to be guided to all areas of our workshop and of course to our exhibition hall, should you wish to buy your souvenirs at workshop prices or give us any special order! We are looking forward to meeting you in person, offering you some raki and showing the Cretan hospitality! And, free wifi for our visitors!

Reviewed By Saurounette - Normandy, France

We went to Yanis' workshop in october, as my boyfriend is keen on metal casting. as it was closed when we arrived we tried to text him and he answered very quickly to tell us when we could meet later in the day. When we meet, it was great, Yanis is very friendly and generous, he likes taliking about his job and sharing his passion. As we went during low season and we were alone in the workshop, my boyfriend could even try melting a bronze piece !
Thank you again Yanis and I hope we'll meet again !
Sarah & Xavier

6. Acqua Plus Water Park

5th Km From Hersonissos - Kastelli | Rousos Lakos, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece +30 2897 024950
Excellent
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4 based on 1 reviews

Acqua Plus Water Park

Acqua Plus Water Park was the first ever water park in the area of East Europe. It was also the first in Europe to create and put in use the so called cashless system. Build only few minutes from Hersonissos in Crete it is with no doubt the most popular water park in Crete. The combination of water slides, natural environment and great people make this theme park a unique proposal to spend a day during your vacations.

Reviewed By Mor G

The whole place was out dated and underwhelming at best. Some of the rides weren't even open, and those that were had such poor water pressure that we got stuck on three different slides (we are both under 60 kg). Some of the slides even had rough ridges which resulted in bruises and scratches. At first the manager said he couldn't refund our tickets because we spent over an hour at the park, but when he checked and saw it was not the case he started talking about 'regulations' and still refused any sort of refund. Stay as far away from this place as possible.

7. Watercity Water Park Themed Park

Anopolis, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece +30 281 078 1317
Excellent
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4 based on 678 reviews

Watercity Water Park Themed Park

A humid, aquatic world unfold in front of you ... It is the unique WaterCity. The most entertainer and wild aquatic park in Europe, which offers pure amusement, with 34 water games of adrenaline, that will make you gasp incredibly.

Reviewed By Emma A - Norwich, United Kingdom

My partner and I visited Watercity in October so not ovally warm to be walking about soaking wet. A few rides were closed too.
Some really fun slides, especially those you have to use an inflatable for. All rides are rated on a scale of 1 to 3 according to how scary they are which I thought was very good.
There are a few health and safety issues so be careful- floors filthy in places, sharpe tiles sticking out and water depths not deep enough at the bottom of some rides so you could hit your head.
Lots of places to lay in the sun.
There are a few places to get food, although they have a serious issue with wasps!
We paid £40 each to go here with Thomas Cook, but it was over an hours taxi ride away for us so I think it was pretty good value for money.
Overall, a decent day out.

8. Analipsi Beach

Analipsi, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece +30 694 026 9000
Excellent
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4 based on 214 reviews

Analipsi Beach

Reviewed By Philip K - Dorking

This is a beach of contrasts. From stones, to sand, to rocks and pools the beach changes every 100m or so as you walk west to east. The landscape and views are charming. There's an interesting mixture of accommodation, holiday apartments and shops along this stretch of Analipsi beach.
Sleek, modernist hotels with swim-up pools sit alongside car and scooter rentals, and small family run residences.
It's a somewhat exposed walk passing restaurants and the odd shady garden. Concrete breakwaters serve as makeshift sun terraces and shelter for sleeping bathers. And then 2 small chapels stand beside the beach road separated by a small headland and architectural style. At the end of the season the sand in places holds a lot of rubbish. This is Greece at a more gentle pace, budget alongside boutique. It's pleasant but in need of a clean.

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