History and culture, nightlife and entertainment combine perfectly with beautiful beaches at the captivating town of Hersonissos. On the north coast of the island of Crete, this lively and vivid town is nestled between the mountains and the azure blue sea. It is considered to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in the island, with countless cafes, bars and restaurants creating a unique cosmopolitan mosaic. Sitting in a prime location, the town has been inhabited since the Minoan era and was a place of exchange, gatherings and trade. From the ancient Hersonissos ruins within its historic centre to the Basilica of Kastri that lies by the port, past and present seem to coexist in harmony captivating the visitors. Surrounded by water and marked by history, Hersonissos is a destination to discover. It is enchanting to get lost among its alleyways and surrender to rich history, vibrant nightlife and sea views that will take your breath away. We promise your trip to Hersonissos will be nothing short of unforgettable.

With close proximity to Hersonissos, guests at Lyttos Mare are a little spoiled for choice when it comes to local experiences. While the city may be mostly known as one of the liveliest places on Crete, history lovers will be intrigued by its past. Hersonissos is an ancient place that existed during the Minoan era and is dotted with several archaeological sites. Travel back in time within the town’s centre by visiting the ancient Hersonissos ruins with its large theater, or the Basilica of Kastri that lies by the port. Satisfy your desire for discovery by walking along the Hersonissos waterfront where you will come across the centuries old church of Agios Nikolaos. Head to the north until you reach Megalo Horio and surrender to the beautiful scenery amidst a forest of 3,000 bear-berry, oak and carob trees. On the lower slopes of Mt. Pyrgias, the picturesque old village of Κoutouloufari feels like a reflection of the local culture and tradition offering a uniquely authentic experience. Perched high above the coast on the slopes of the Mt. Harakas, the peaceful settlement of Piskopiano will inspire you with its tranquility and charm, while it also features an Agricultural Museum you can visit.
Resort Location
Sufficiently detached from the buzz of the city to ensure a relaxing stay for its guests, Lyttos Mare is nestled in Anissaras, a quiet area situated just 5 km away from Hersonissos’ centre. Our 5-star resort is situated on a beautiful Cretan beach with crystal blue waters awaiting your company. It is set close to well-known sites of the island and it can serve as a starting point for exploring the destination. Crete is a wonderful experience to take at leisure with its fascinating centuries of history and natural beauty.

- 23km from the city of Heraklion
- 20km from the N.Kazantzakis Airport
- 22km from the port of Heraklion.
“The mystery of Crete runs deep. Whoever sets foot on this island senses a mysterious force coursing warmly and beneficently through their veins, sensing their soul beginning to grow.”
- Nikos Kazantzakis

A destination rich in history and culture, exquisite cuisine and beauty for you to unveil, Crete is an extraordinary island, a land filled with secrets to uncover and views that will leave you breathless. Here, you will get wonderfully lost between the pristine coastline and rolling hills, the sleepy villages and bustling cities, while the heartfelt welcome by the locals will remain etched in your memory. Full of old traditions and culture deeply rooted in the people, the music and the food, visiting Crete feels almost like travelling back in time. Discover a timeless place of beautiful contrasts that will seduce you with its heritage, nature and its people's innate sense of hospitality.

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