Start your sight-seeing tour around the island by visiting the traditional villages of Koutouloufari, Piscopiano and Old Hersonissos which surround Hersonissos Port from the south. Spectacular views, narrow streets and beautiful, well-preserved old houses will astonish the visitor at every step.
Not far from Hersonissos, there is also the Lassithi plain, a large upland plain at an altitude of about 850 m, surrounded by the Dikti massif and containing some of the archaeologically most important caves in the island (Diktaion Cave at Psychro and others). In the way to Lassithi, you will find in a astonishing natural setting ( 200 m before Kera village,take the dirt road on the right) the monastery of Kera Kardiotissa which dates from the 10nth century a.d.
A short interesting excursion from Hersonissos is to the cave of Skoteinon near the omonumous village after Pano Gouves in a distance of 16 km from Hersonissos at the direction to Heraklion.This famous cave ,found in a superb natural site, has been used in antiquity as sacred place for the worship of the godess of hunting Artemis.
Sissi and Milatos are two picturesque fishing villages not far from Hersonissos heading east. You can visit them in a short day excursion and perhaps try there some fresh fish, possibly caught in the local waters.
Crete’s highest mountain, Psiloritis or Idi (2.456 m), situated in the centre of the island, awaits the lovers of nature and mythology. At a distance of approximately 60 km heading west, after Heraklion, you can visit the historic village of Anogeia, surrounded by the magnificent slopes of Idi. A street before Anogeia leads to the picturesque Nida plateau (1.400 m alt), in the very heart of Idi mountain, and to the infamous Idaion Antron (1500m alt-22 km from Anogeia), the cave where Zeus has been nurtured, protected by his mother Rea from Zeus’ furious father Cronos, according to Greek mythology. Idaion Antron enjoyed of a great reputation during antiquity and served as a holy place. In the way to Anogeia,before the interesting village of Tylissos, you are advised to stop for a coffee or refreshment to Arolithos, a property inspired by and dedicated to Cretan traditional culture and architecture.
The palace of Knossos and the archaeological museum of Heraklion, Spinalonga island with its medieval castle, Vai beach and palm forest, Chrissi island with its white beaches and emerald waters are only a few of the countless places of historical interest or natural beauty that a visitor can explore at the eastern part of Crete.