Just 25km kilometres east of Heraklion is Hersonissos, famous as the site of Lyktos, one of the strongest seaports of ancient Crete, and drawing a lively young crowd of visitors.
You’re probably here for the beaches, of which there are plenty to choose from in Limenas Hersonissos, Malia and Stalis, which are all magnets for young, fun-loving tourists, with white sand and beautiful water to swim in. So be sure to visit the long sandy beach at Anissaras (a stone’s throw from Hersonissos), Limanakia, Sarantaris, and Analipsi.
But there are other attractions here you shouldn’t overlook. On the Hersonissos waterfront, you’ll find the 17th or 18th century church of Agios Nikolaos, and to the north, where you reach Megalo Horio, a forest of 3,000 bear-berry, oak and carob trees, and the settlements of Koutouloufari and Piskopiano, where a former olive oil refinery houses an Agricultural Museum.