10 Things to Do in Hersonissos That You Shouldn't Miss

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.

1. Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

7 Filikis Eterias | Hersonissos Port, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 3129 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 ricksreps13 - Manchester, United KingdomManchester, United Kingdom

This is a star turn.A must see for animal lovers

by no means is this a large place with vast numbers of animals,but what it isis a very well run rescue centre with the rehomed reptile well looked after and knowledge passed on to all who will listen.keep up the good work lads.And this is a star review! T

2. Star Beach

Hersonissos 20, Hersonissos, Crete 71302, Greece Water & Amusement Parks, Water Parks
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1796 reviews

Star Beach

Reviewed By Teresa C - Norwich, United KingdomNorwich, United Kingdom

A little too commercialised

This resort was a bit commercialised for us. Sun beds were nose to tail, with virtually no room between them. Also, so many people freely smoking, and we couldn’t find a smoke-free zone to sit and have a drink anywhere here at all. Sorry, not for us.

3. Acqua Plus Water Park

5th Km Hersonissos to Kasteli, Hersonissos, Crete 71200, Greece Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks, Water Parks
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1392 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 pentel93 - Enfield, United KingdomEnfield, United Kingdom

Great park, terrible food

Had a fun day here. It was the first week of September so I'm sure it was nowhere near as busy as it would have been during the school holidays. The car park was almost empty, there were loads of free sun loungers and we didn't have to queue to go on a si

4. Lychnostatis Open Air Museum

Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1213 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 Lynne M - Buckinghamshire, United KingdomBuckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Lovely little gem of a place

Totally agree with all the other reviews a delightful and almost overlooked little gem right outside the hotel Medetteraneo. Well worth a visit to see the real Cretan life and right on the beach. Great.

5. Labyrinth Theme Park

4th Km Hersonissos To Kasteli Road, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece Water & Amusement Parks, Theme Parks
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 496 reviews

Labyrinth Theme Park

Reviewed By jayc2803

Lovely day out

Went here Monday this week last day of our holiday with three kids (12 year old and twins 14 years old 3 adults) Had a great day with kids. Escape from Atlantis was real fun and the kids were fully engaged in Escaping the rooms...Labryinth Maze was great

6. Aposelemis canyon

Analipsi, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece Nature & Parks, Canyons
Excellent
57%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Aposelemis canyon

Reviewed By christopherbR8036JR

Great entry level walk on a riverbed with a bit of clambering over rocks

After a fairly long dirt road drive, you follow the river bed up stream over rounded rocks with stunning rock formations all around you, beautiful scenery, wildlife and plants all around. Take a small picnic with you and plenty of water and a cell-phone j

7. Starbeach

Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece Outdoor Activities, Beach & Pool Clubs
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Starbeach

Starbeach is the legendary European party & Bungy Jump venue located in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece. For years Starbeach has been THE place to go for an incredible Summer holiday. The perfect mix of long, hot sunny days, the beach, bars, pools, cool vibes, great parties and adrenaline bungy jump. Tickets available online.

Reviewed By Katie H - Warrington, England, United KingdomWarrington, England, United Kingdom

So much to do

Visited numerous times during our stay in nearby village koutouloufari.It is loud and very busy which isnt for everyone (we prefer less touristy places) however there is so much to do and its massive so you can find a quite peaceful spot away from the cro

8. Analipsi Beach

Analipsi, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
25%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 313 reviews

Analipsi Beach

Reviewed By EK_Stevan - Scotland, United KingdomScotland, United Kingdom

Fairly average beach

Went a walk to here from our hotel further east and would not really recommend! Fairly average beach of mixed sand, gravel and rock! Not particularly picturesque either with usual clusters of hotels and other commercial properties a Long the adjacent road

9. Roman Archaeological Remains

92 Main Road, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
Excellent
37%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Roman Archaeological Remains

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, LuxembourgLuxembourg City, Luxembourg

Roman Archaeological Remains / Chersonissos

The Roman were in Crete 67 before J.C. so this ruins are very interesting, to see columns, rest of an Apollo temple, you hear the singing birds between foundations of houses and an entrance hall of a basilika, and you see flowering exotic flowers.

10. Watercity Waterpark Themed Park

Anopolis, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece Water & Amusement Parks, Water Parks
Excellent
40%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 852 reviews

Watercity Waterpark 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 BillyMcBeard - Preston, United KingdomPreston, United Kingdom

A waterpark with fun, water, slides, sun, fun, water slides.......

We booked this via our hotel for simplicity and felt it was still a decent deal with coach transfer.We set up on the 'island' in the middle of the lazy river as the wasn't too crowded and looked like it would offer a good bit of shade during the day.The e

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