Travelguide > Places > Heraklion Prefecture > Chersonissos

About 30 km in the east of Heraklion located is Chersonissos (Limani Chersonissos), which stands on the western edge of the Bay of Malia.  It takes its name from the peninsula ('chersonisos') on which it stands and which creates two sheltered little bays with fine sandy beaches. Today, the village (the harbor) has developed into a well-organized tourist resort with all the necessary installations and a lively night-life. Nothing for people they are looking for relaxing holidays.

A host of hotels and restaurants and a full beach are the consequence. Outside of the city is a small camping and a youth hostel.

To the south of the harbor, not far away, is the village of Chersonissos in a verdant setting. The village remains the picturesque traditional settlement it has always been, indifferent to the hum and bustle of the harbor.