Chersonissos is located 27 km east of Heraklion. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts on Crete, with modern tourist facilities, beautiful sandy beaches and night life. It is worth noting that the natural harbour area was the ancient port city Lyttos. Here once was the beating heart of Roman Crete. Look for the remains of the ancient theater, mosaics, streets and ancient buildings, the early Christian basilicas, the Roman port and the ancient fish-tanks.
The port of Hersonissos is today a modern tourist destination that meets the requirements of each visitor: scuba diving, conference centers, Cretan and international cuisine, water sports and for the night, bars, pubs, discos and clubs offer enjoyment to the people and the fun continues till dawn. At Chersonissos you can find beaches for a relaxing bath but also crowded with many people, music and water games!
The small village Chersonissos next to this resort, appears to be unaffected by the crowds and noise but keeps the simplicity and authenticity. Ruins from the Roman period are in the area as well as samples from the old port that is visible under the water.
Above the port, at the foot of Charaka, you can see the two settlements: Koutouloufari and Piskopiano. In those villages the tradition is expressed not only live in the ways and character of its inhabitants, but embossed on the artwork in their configuration. Picturesque streets embroidered on the path of human patience and beautiful houses of traditional architecture; refer to the old memorable seasons, the simplicity of taste and beauty. Living monument to the beautiful tradition is the rich in exhibits the Agricultural Museum of Piskopiano.