Hersonissos is a cosmopolitan city on the Eastern part of Crete, 25 Km from Heraklion city, known for its majestic landscape and monuments, as well as for the lively nightlife and the shopping area. A significant area known from the ancient years, habituated by the Minoan Civilization, almost 5000 years ago, with great access to sea through its numerous coves and the mountains to overlook the city from afar. Nowadays, the city is known for the lively market and the colorful nightlife where more than 500000 people visit it every year. Several day activities and landmarks await the visitors during the day: Golf area, Museums, 3 different aqua parks, aquariums, animal farms and many hiking paths through the mountains.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, the capital and the largest city of which is Heraklion. The prefecture of Heraklion was the base city of Minoan Civilization. Through the ages, Heraklion, has changed and expanded, leaving behind many monuments of different eras and different cultures, worth visiting. Many museums of ancient, folklore and nature history are present in the wider area of the city. (Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Cretaquarium, Historical Museum of Crete, Natural History Museum, The Battle of Crete and National Resistance Museum, Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, Collection of Agia Aikaterini of Sinai, Museum of Visual Arts). Being in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, helps to achieve one of the best climates of the world, with hot summer days and mild winters.
The unique and high-quality products of the Cretan land, made the Cretan Cuisine famous to the world. People from all over the world visit our island to enjoy a particularly pleasant gastronomic experience. The extra virgin olive oil blended with the aromatic herbs and the taste of ingredients grown next the sea and under the sun, is the reason of the constant praise from travelers that keep Cretan cuisine in their heart. This resulted in the creation of a new form of tourism based in gastronomy. By the term gastronomic tourism, we actually describe a subcategory of cultural tourism and it is obvious that there is an opportunity to develop a new form of tourism on the island and establish Crete as a Gastronomic Destination.