Istron in Crete
Hotels and apartments
In Greek, Kalo Chorio (Istron or Istro) means “Good
Village” perhaps because it sits on particularly rich and fertile
soil, and also has some of the most beautiful beaches in the bay of
Mirabello. It has been said that the southern coastline of the Gulf
of Mirabello has something of the Character of the Riviera, but with
uncrowded beaches and only a few hotels.
The village with a population of around 900, nestles
attractively in the midst of a verdant hilly landscape, where olive
groves and abundant and colourful mediterranean shrubs and plants
reach all the way down to the sea. Over the past years, naturally
with tourism, part of the village has grown up nearer the beach. Our
accommodation is mostly situated in this new part of the village with
some further out in quieter outskirts. There are three attractive
bays with clean sand and pebble beaches, shaded with by tamarisk trees,
and providing very safe swimming plus a variety of water sports. However,
Istro is no bustling tourist village, and those who come to visit
will live alongside the local people. It is easy to relax in the warmly
welcoming atmosphere of the Greek tavernas, restaurants and kafenions,
and the shops in the village provide everything you might need on
holiday. The distance from Heraklion Airport is approximately 75 km,
which is about an hour’s drive by car, while Agios Nikolaos
is approximately 11 km away. In all directions there are excellent
bus connections, which offer the possibility to see much of Eastern
part of Crete on a series of day trips. Well worth seeing, if you
rent a car, is the palm tree lined beach at Vai, the famous Minoan
palace of Knossos, the Lasithi plain with its windmills, the island
of Spinalonga, and Chrisi Island, or Matala with its ancient man made
caves, and much much more. Apart from these there are beautiful walks
in the area, and Istro is full of archaeological interest. The new
village of Istro sits on the site of the ancient town of Istrona,
remains of which are still being found today. Because of this, the
land closest to the sea has a conservation order and no new building
may take place, which leaves the beaches uncrowded and unspoilt. The
delightful beaches of Istro Bay are regularly awarded a Blue flag
Hotels & apartments in Istro
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Top beaches. Crete, Greece
Kouremenos near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
A real magnet for windsurfers from all over the world, who find ideal wind-wave combinations.
Rihti - Exo Mouliana near Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
Two hours walk through the Rihtis gorge, which is a beautiful path that culminates with Rihtis waterfall near Rihtis beach, will take you to one of the most secluded beaches of the island.
Istron or Kalo Chorio (North-Estern Crete)
A place filled with legends and traditions – but you will find quality tourism services too.
Maridati South of Vai beach (North-Eastern Crete)
Two big rocks are the landmarks of this beach that remains unknown to the masses.
Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
A village filled with fish taverns with a view of the Pseira Island, and lots of archaeological findings.
Kato Zakros (Estern Crete)
If you follow the two hours long footpath through the “gorge of the dead” you will be rewarded with the view of a magnificent beach but also of the Minoan Palace of Zakros destroyed on 1450 B.C. possibly by a Thira (Santorini) volcano explosion.
Hiona near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
Shallow waters for the kids and young swimmers, and a well known - all over the island - local fish soup.
Aghia Fotia - Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
We are not talking about the district with the same name at Ierapetra, here we find ourselves 7 kms east of Sitia in an area where the biggest cemetery of Minoan Crete was discovered.
Xerokambos – Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
Thousands of lilies at the eastern part of Crete fill the atmosphere with sensual vibes.
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