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Hersonissos offers you the best of old and new, with ancient architecture and ruins, as well as a lively waterfront full of modern bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops. It’s located on the north east coast of Crete, where you’ll find wide stretches of golden sands, pretty little coves, and close proximity to the area’s historic sights and attractions. The island’s capital, Heraklion, is just a 25-minute drive away, and offers a further selection of activities and amenities.

Families have two water parks within easy reach, as well as gently shelving sands, a selection of water sports and child friendly hotels. Couples will love exploring the coastline, finding their own secluded spot or exploring the Minoan ruins which are dotted around the town. There are some lively bars and clubs for those wanting to enjoy a drink or two, as well as quieter areas of town where you can simply relax.

Luxury holidays in Hersonissos

Hersonissos is a large, lively town which offers something for everyone. It’s known for its host of amenities, including water parks, a thriving waterfront, and some upmarket bars and restaurants. You’ll find modern hotels featuring wonderful architecture and something for adults and children alike, as well as three beaches, offering the choice of quiet sands, or lively beaches full of activities for visitors of all ages.

Book your luxury holiday in Hersonissos with Sovereign and we’ll help you find the ideal hotel for you trip. Each of the properties we offer has been carefully selected to ensure it matches our exacting standards, and yours. Stay at the Abaton Island Resort and Spa and immerse yourself in its serene, modern décor, wonderful sea views, and excellent seafood options. Enjoy the ultimate indulgence with a range of treatments at the spa, try some watersports, or even book yacht and helicopter tours.

Our pick of the top hotels in Hersonissos
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Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.

Transfer Time

Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Hersonissos is approximately 30 minutes.

When to go

The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece


In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

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