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.