Hersonissos (meaning “peninsula”) is a resort town in northern Crete, on the border of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. The town lies about 25 km east of Heraklion and west of Agios Nikolaos. What is usually called Hersonissos is actually part of the peninsula and port of Heraklion, a regional unit of Heraklion. It is 25 km from the airport of Iraklion and 27 km from the port of Heraklion.
Hersonissos is a Cretan resort area which is also home to the island’s only golf club. Tourist sites include the Hersonissos Aquarium, the Labyrinth Amusement Park and the Dinosaur Park of Gournes, among others. Hersonissos has several beaches. These include Potamos Karteros, Tobruk, Arina, Vathianos Kampos, Kokkini Hani, Gournes, Gouves, Apolselemis, Analipsi, Anissara, Sarantaris, Hersonissos, Stalida, Klotsani, Malia and Potamos. As you can see, the area around Hersonissos is full of beaches and bathing areas, so it is definitely worth taking the time to visit all of them during your holiday.
The modern municipality of Hersonissos is home to the ancient town of Chersonesos, an important seaport from classical Greece to Byzantine times, which served the town of Lyttos. Remains of the early port can still be seen in some places. The seafront promenade features a pyramid-shaped Roman fountain with mosaics of fishing scenes. On top of the rocky hill behind the harbour are the ruins of an early Christian basilica with floor mosaics.
The area around Hersonissos is famous for its prehistoric archaeological finds. On the coast, about one kilometre east of Hersonissos, was an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Britomartis.
The ancient city of Chersonasos was important enough early on in the Roman province of Creta et Cyrenaica to become a Christian bishopric, the centre of the seat of the metropolitanate of Gortyna. In the area you will discover many landmarks, places, monuments and historical treasures.
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