The peaceful resort of Anisaras is located 21km east of Heraklion, west of Cape Sarandaris. The area is now full with big hotels, which offer primarily all-inclusive services. In front of the hotels, there are small sandy beaches with rocky seabed. All beaches are well-organized with umbrellas and sun beds, which are offered for free to the customers of the hotels.
It has been spread that Anisaras takes its name after the plant anise that abounded in the area. However, anise never existed here and the name comes from a corruption of the word agisaras. Agisaros is one of the Greek names of the plant Cistus creticus (the other name is aladania) that indeed abounds in the area.
The beaches are beautiful, but the seabed is quite rocky. This makes them popular to snorkelers. However, the beach close to Analipsi, the largest in the area, has more sand than the rest ones. From there starts the coastal road of Anisaras, which runs along the coast and stops before the big complex of Anisaras hotels. From there the road continues with south direction and "encircles" the hotels. If you want to swim at the beaches shaped in front of the hotels, you will have to walk along the coast until you find the cove you like. Otherwise, you should ask permission from the hotel guards, to let you walk across the hotels.
In the easternmost point of Anisaras, on Cape Sarandaris, you will find the small chapel of St. George, which is very picturesque and has spectacular views to the bay of Hersonissos. You can reach it either by keeping walking eastwards from the beaches of the hotels or by driving on the road that connects Anisaras with Hersonissos Coves. Before the Harbors, you will see a stonepaved footpath heading to the tip of the cape.
In Anisaras you won’t find any structured settlement or village, but only dispersed hotels. Thus, you will not have many options for dining or getting out outside the hotel. Do not worry, because Hersonissos is very close. Access to Anisaras by bus is however a big trouble, as there is no direct route to Anisaras. The buses running to Hersonissos stop about 2km away from the beach and you have to call a taxi.
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|Analipsi beach||2.6km||Hersonissos beaches||2.8km|
|Aposelemis beach||4.2km||East Hersonissos beaches||4.8km|
|Aposelemis Gorge||5km||Aposelemis River||5km|
|Kato Gouves beaches||7km||Stalis beach||7.3km|
|Skotino Cave||7.4km||Monastery of Kera Eleousa||8.6km|
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