General Info

Hersonissos municipality is located just a few kilometers away from the international airport “Nikos Kazantzakis” of Heraklion. The prefecture of Heraklion (Iraklio) is situated between the prefectures of Rethymnon (Rethymno) and Lassithi. It is located at the north coastline of central Crete and provides an ideal destination for your summer holiday. Hersonissos is known as the most organized tourist destination of the island of Crete in Greece.

Sightseeing & Attractions

Hersonissos is a cosmopolitan yet relaxing destination as it combines rich nightlife, sandy beaches, lush countryside and impressive archaeological, historical and religious sites nearby. In Hersonissos you can find activities for every taste: water sports at the organized beaches, playgrounds, animal farms and activities for children and for the lovers of gastronomy and wine you can choose from a wide selection of high quality restaurants or even follow on of the marked wine routes at the area.

Krits Hotel is a unique destination as it is the ideal spot to stay at your holiday. Located just 25km from heraklion city, Heraklion airport and Heraklion port! Start from here your trip and visit numerous historical monuments, archaeological sites and landscapes of exceptional beauty.

We recommend visiting the nearby Sabbatian Monastery and the ruins of the Late-Minoan Graves in the area of Kladistos.

Once you have visited the sites near Hersonissos you can also check:
> Knossos Palace (a few kilometers away), Phaistos Palace
> Other renown Minoan cities and palaces such as Malia, Tylissos, Amnissos, Levina, Lyttos, Gortyna and Acharnes
> The world famous Archaeological museum of Heraklion
> History museum of Heraklion
> Ecclesiastical museum of Heraklion
> Natural history museum of Heraklion (ideal for children)
> Venetian monuments, ruins and Koules castle
> Numerous churches and monasteries scattered throughout the prefecture, including the churches of Agios Titos, Agios Markos, Agia Ekaterini and Agios Minas in Heraklion Town, and the monasteries of Vrontisios in Zaros and Agios Georgios in Peza
> The famous caves in Matala and Kamares
> Omalos Plateau and the Viannou Amira Canyon near Viannos
> Lychnostatis Open-Air Folklore Museum in Chersonissos
> Arolithos traditional village
> Archanes traditional village

Nature lovers can also follow the marked natural routes and walking paths, visit Lasithi plateau, or discover the mountainous “Kera”.

You can look for further information at the official website of Hersonissos municipality :
http://www.hersonissos.gr/en/

From Hersonissos – Heraklion,
visitors have easy access to the following destinations:

Heraklion Airport: 20 km (taxi fare: € 35)
Heraklion Port: 22 km (taxi fare: € 35)
Heraklion Town: 25 km (taxi fare: €35)

Heraklion International Airport

History of Hersonissos

The ancient town of Hersonissos early became a Christian bishopric, a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Gortyna. The names of some of its bishops appear in extant documents: Anderius took part in the Council of Ephesus in 431; Longinus in the Robber Council of 449; Euphratas was a signatory of the letter sent by the bishops of the province to the emperor Leo I the Thracian in 458 after the killing of Proterius of Alexandria; Sisinnius was at the Trullan Council in 692; and another Sisinnius at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787.

After the Venetian conquest of Crete in 1212, the existing dioceses, such as Chersonnesus, were administered by Latin Church bishops. The line of residential Latin bishops ended with the conquest of Crete by theOttomans in 1669. No longer a residential bishopric, Chersonnesus in Creta is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.