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Istron in Crete

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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.

Istro or Istron

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 for cleanliness.


Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta
Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta
Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta
Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta
Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta
Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta
Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta
Istron, Istro, Hotels Apartments in Crete, Creta, Kreta

Hotels & apartments in Istro
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Address in Greece: Astrikas - Chania - Crete

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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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