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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

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The village of Georgioupolis with it’s particulary beautiful setting between sea and mountain, is situated between the towns of Rethymno, a 30 minute journey by car and Chania which is a 45 minute drive away. This charming village with its long stretch of sandy beach and river running into the sea, was until recent times a sleepy little fishing village in an out of the way place.Over the past 20 years it has slowly grown into a very popular little holiday resort, with a wide range of tavernas, shops, cafes, boutiques and other tourist amenities. The beautiful countryside surrounding the village is ideal for those keen on walking, while the splendid sandy shore and relaxed sea side atmosphere make it ideal for beach lovers.
There is and excellent bus service in all directions and thus it is possible to go quite far afield, for example to Heraklion (90 min journey) or the south coast perhaps to visit Phaistos or Matala. An outing to Georgioupolis is also worthwhile. Closer to home there are interesting visits to be made to the old quarters of Chania and Rethymno.

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