On the Aegean Sea shore, 26 kilometres east of the airport in Heraklion, is Limenas Hersonissos. The small harbour town is a favourite beach getaway with a variety of options that will fulfil your needs. There is an extensive choice of eateries, bars, and cafes along the coastal promenade and in the side streets. In addition, there are a number of relaxing beaches and a waterpark with activities.
Cape of Sarandaris, home to the charming church of Saint George, is a well-known beach. The ruins of a Roman theatre and a mosaic can be seen in addition to modern stores and restaurants.
The area of Hersonissos
At the Lychnostatis open-air museum, historical Cretan life is on display. The villages Koutouloufari,
Piskopiano, and Ano Hersonissos, which offer stunning views of the bay, can be reached by taking a short hike uphill.
In the past, Limenas Hersonissos was a little harbour community that provided services to the locals of Ano Hersonissos, a village higher up.
Malia Minoan Palace
Extended over 7,500 sq.m of history coming from the Neolithic period, Malia Minoan Palace is one of the the Minaon Palaces. This multi-layered construction is supposed to have featured central court, theatre, sanctuaries, royal quarters workshops and council chamber.
Knossos Archaeological Site
Knossos, one of the most important cities of ancient times was constantly inhabited from the Neolithic period until 5th centure BC. The majestic imperial complex used to cover 20.000 sq.m and it is claimed to have had many levels.
Κnossos Palace is widely accepted as a monument of world architectural and cultural heritage for it’s unique construction characteristics, it’s highly aesthetic murals that have survived through the centuries and it’s major role in shipping and trading in Mediterranean.