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Chersonisis

My son is planning a few days in Crete with his girlfriend. (first time to Crete)

They were thinking about a resort outside of Chersonisis. They won't have a car.

Any of you who are very familiar with Crete, is there a preferable area to stay or visit?

I know Crete is large, and we're not familiar with it.

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trip report to hersonisos by steve ,destination expert for crete

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part 2

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189413-i424-k68…

part 3 with photos at the end

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Hi there

it really depends on what they want from their holiday - Hersonissos is a large tourist resort on the north east coast of Crete, and second only to Malia for OTT nightlifte. So in the height of the season is definitely "party capital" type resort, which is full of English & Irish pubs and fast food takeaway, and lots of All inclusive hotels surrounding the resort. It really doesn't have much of a Greek feel to the place either.

explorecrete.com/hersonissos/hersonissos.html

However the three villages that are located outside of Hersonissos are totally different, pretty little squares with some good traditional tavernas.......these are Koutouloufari, Piskopiano and Old Hersonissos

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From what we saw on our recent holiday, the British/Irish theme has waned. There are lots of Dutch tourists there, and lots of Russians too, or at least people who sound Russian to my non-trained ear.

If you do your homework there are some great tavernas around as well - we had some really good meals, but we did have a good look at TA reviews before we went. So although there is a McD's and a Subway, there aren't any pie or chip shops! There are quite a few gyros places, including one which has gone down into our 'favourites', going by the unlikely name of Yummies! But gyros fast food is of course a staple of many Greek towns.

As I said in my trip report, I think Hersonissos has grown-up over the years, and now is just as much a town as a resort. But there is no doubt that it's not a place for anyone looking for peace and quiet.

Again at the risk (but not intention) of sounding provocative, we found that the 3 villages a bit twee, and we had the worst meal of our holiday in Koutouloufari.

Personally I feel that the area of Anissaras, where OP's son was looking, has very little going on outside the confines of the large hotels; I walked along a reasonably decent beach there, and there was literally no-one on it at all, yet all the hotel pools were full. Also there is the sad evidence of quite a few local shops having closed down.

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Yes Steve we went to the beach of Anissaras a couple of years ago, had lunch in one of the tavernas, like you mentioned every where seemed to be empty.....although there were lots of people around but everyone seemed to be walking past rather than coming in for a drink or a meal......and of course they all had the " dreaded wrist bands" on.......and as the Russians do tend to favour the AI hotels its no wonder they are staying around this area.

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I must say in defence of the Esperos Koutoulafari I had one of the best mousakas I have had for a few years there and the greek plate for two is excellent but must admit to some below average meals as well.

Edited: 4:48 pm, September 10, 2013
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Maybe we went on an off night then; my wife's swordfish looked lovely with all sorts of large pieces of vegetables on it - but they were frozen in the middle, and my bekri meze was too salty for my taste. A shame, but not a patch on several meals we had in Hersonissos town.

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im really worried about staying in hersonissos but does it quieten down in september or wild until it closes down for the season,im really hoping ive not booked to stay in a resort thats too lively for me and il not enjoy staying there for the noise and drunks, please reassure me

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I wouldn't say Hersonissos was wild in August, so I guess it's not in September either. It is busy, but there is no outlandish behaviour or anything like that at all. So don't worry.

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