Old Hersonissos

Hersonissos is one of the oldest and most picturesque villages on Crete, keeping its unique architectural character unaltered with characteristic elements from neoclassical architecture and also from the Venetian, architectural forms.

Not only due to its unique aesthetic character but also due to historic and social reasons, the village was declared ‘traditional’ in 1978.

Another point of attraction is the central square of the village, which was declared ‘the most beautiful square on Crete’, where a great number of people throngs during the whole tourist season, where the traditional taverns, cafes and all sorts of shops offer their services round the square.

Hersonissos preserves the character of the original Crete with hospitable inhabitants and neat, traditional facilities. Moreover, its climate, its location and the fabulous, surrounding nature make it unforgettable and the visitor’s first choice. During your wandering in the village, it is worth visiting the restored Primary School, and the Museum of Ecclesiastical History (a restored building, part of the Venetian castle). Do not forget the Byzantine monastery of Saint John at the cemetery and the churches Panagia and Agios Dimitrios.

“It is good people who make good places.” Anna Sewell, Black Beauty