The village of Analipsi is also known as Analipsis Hersonissou, as it is very close to the seaside resort of Hersonissos. It is located 24 kilometres east from the city of Heraklion.
Analipsis differs from the neighbouring seaside resorts in that tourist development began much later here. So it gives the impression, on entering Analipsis, that you are in a verdant Cretan village with houses and pretty gardens alternating with fields and olive groves.
Of course, as you near the centre of the village and the beach, there are more and more car rental bureaux, restaurants and other tourist businesses. You will also see estate agencies, showing that there is considerable interest in buying land and houses in the area, which is still being built up.
On reaching the beach of Analipsis, the first thing you see is the tiny church with the waves almost lapping at its foot. It is a very picturesque church and every tourist who passes through Analipsis stops here for a commemorative photo.
East of the church stretches the main beach of Analipsis, a large sandy beach with umbrellas and loungers.
West of the church the coast is rocky. Few people go swimming there, unless they want to enjoy the peace and quiet or a pleasant walk under the tamarisk trees. If you like fishing from the shore, the rocks are the best place for your sport.
Continuing west, you come to a small, sandy cove, ideal for when the wind is blowing and the sea off the other beaches is rough.
At the end of the road is yet another sandy beach, at the mouth of the River Aposelemis, with a few ducks waddling about and attracting the attention of visitors.