Hersonissos is located just 25km east of Iraklion, and is the most cosmopolitan city in Crete. Its existence dates back to the Hellenistic Period, and Hersonissos has maintained a continuous and lively presence throughout the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Venetian, and Turkish Periods as an important and thriving port. Hersonissos is world known for its beautiful and scenic beaches and exciting night life, although there is much more to be seen in this historical and beautiful city. The village of Old Hersonisos was built due to the fear of pirates, and near here, Piskopiano and Koutouloufari overlook the busy resort of Limin Hersonissos.
Places to visit while in Hersonissos include the Lychnostatis, an open air folklore museum, which allows a glimpse of the Cretan folk heritage, and AquaWorld Aquarium with samples of the local sea life. There are also many water game locations located within easy distance of Hersonissos, including activities for mountain biking, snorkeling, golfing, and horseback riding.
Like many other cities located on Crete, the economy of Hersonissos is not solely based on tourism, but on agriculture also. During the fall when tourism is slower, many locals who normally work within the tourism realm earn their income helping with the olive harvest.