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Hersonissos
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.

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Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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! less
Attraction type: Aquariums
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Arion Stables
Arion Stables
Owner description: Family park petting zoo pony and horse riding individual personal rides beach and mountain rides sunset beach rides small zoo- animal park V.I.P. Horse carriage service, weddings... more Owner description: Family park petting zoo pony and horse riding individual personal rides beach and mountain rides sunset beach rides small zoo- animal park V.I.P. Horse carriage service, weddings with our Victoria carriagecarriage tours to the town or traditional villages, riding and driving lessons, traditional taverna & cafe bar, playgrounds a peacefull paradise for our animals & horse friendliest stable in whole crete. less
Attraction type: Equestrian Trails; Other Zoos & Aquariums; Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours; Private Tours; Horseback Riding Tours
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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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). less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Labyrinth Theme Park
Labyrinth Theme Park
Attraction type: Amusement & Theme Parks
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Star Beach Water Park
Star Beach Water Park
Attraction type: Water Parks

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Med Cafe & Restaurant
Med Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 182 Restaurants in Hersonissos
Price: $9 - $17
Cuisines: Seafood, Greek, Tapas, Pasta
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Taverna Harakas
Taverna Harakas
Ranked #2 of 182 Restaurants in Hersonissos
Cuisines: Seafood, Barbecue, Tapas, Greek
Dining options: Reservations
Zachos Taverna
Zachos Taverna
Ranked #3 of 182 Restaurants in Hersonissos
Cuisines: European, Greek
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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The Alchemist
The Alchemist
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
David Vegera
David Vegera
Ranked #5 of 182 Restaurants in Hersonissos
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Sunrise Apartments
3.0 of 5
Sunrise Apartments
$25 - $69
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Koutouloufari
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Marni Village
3.0 of 5
Marni Village
$27 - $102 (EUR 24 - 92)
Ranked #7 of 183 Hotels in Hersonissos
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Papadakis Villas
3.5 of 5
Papadakis Villas
$15 - $110 (TRL40,023,416 - 293,505,024)
Ranked #9 of 183 Hotels in Hersonissos
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

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Creta Blue Suites
4.0 of 5
Creta Blue Suites
$74 - $327 (EUR 67 - 296)
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Koutouloufari
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Villa Iokasti
3.0 of 5
Villa Iokasti
$48 - $87
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Koutouloufari
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Bella Vista Hotel & Apts
2.0 of 5
Bella Vista Hotel & Apts
$23 - $159 (EUR 21 - 144)
Ranked #10 of 183 Hotels in Hersonissos
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

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Paradise Island Villas
5.0 of 5 Paradise Island Villas
$291 - $595 (EUR 263 - 539)
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Anissaras
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Creta Maris Beach Resort
5.0 of 5
Creta Maris Beach Resort
$106 - $333 (EUR 96 - 301)
Ranked #6 of 183 Hotels in Hersonissos
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Nana Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5
Nana Beach Hotel
$22 - $279
Ranked #12 of 183 Hotels in Hersonissos
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