Hersonissos is full of clean sandy beaches with quiet waters. For a completely peaceful experience, you can visit the long Anissaras beach (around 3 km from the hotel), very recommended for snorkeling and for its spectacular sunsets.
The beaches of Hersonissos are extended on its long water front, starting from the area of Lychnostatis museum on the east, until the hotel Knossos Royal Village on the west - in proximity of Anissaras beach. Many of them are awarded a "Blue Flag" for the quality of the water and the cleanness of the beach.
Hersonissos beaches contain fine yellow sand or sometimes pebbles. The beaches in the proximity of Creta Maris Hotel at the western edge of Hersonissos, are made of rice size white sand. In the most of those beaches you can rent an umbrella or a sun bed and enjoy a refreshing drink or a quick snack in the closest beach bar. The closest beach to the hotel (80 m) is a small bay with sand and pebble. The closest sand beach is at a distance of 150 m.
Apart the beaches of Hersonissos, some excellent beaches can be visited in the northern or southern cost of Heraklion and Lassithi prefectures.
Stalis: Just 3 km from Hersonissos heading east. Long sandy beaches with an organized infrastructure and shallow waters.
Mallia: Its long and large sandy beach is famous for its vibrant atmosphere created by music cafes and beach clubs.(8 km)
Amnissos: Around 15 km from Hersonissos,direction Heraklion,a beautiful and long sandy beach with clean waters visited mostly by local people.
Ammoudara: 3 km from Heraklion heading west. A very long sandy beach with many clubs and beach bars.
Matalla: A nice beach by the old hippie caves and a pretty, yet quite touristic today, settlement. In the southern coast, at a distance of around 75 km from Hersonissos.
Ierapetra: After the city of Ierapetra,in the southern sea line of Lassithi,there extends,to the east, a very long and quiet beach with black sand and deep waters.(55 km from Hersonissos).
Agia Fotia: From Ieraperta,further east you find this beautiful golden sand beach in a quiet green bay.( 70 km from Hersonissos).On the sand you find a beach bar with modern music and a restaurant.