Holidays to Istron & Kalo Chorio take you to a real Cretan village, complete with kafenions, tavernas and old-world traditions. It’s got fabulous sandy beaches, too.
A taste of traditional Crete
You get 2 for 1 at this village on Crete’s northeast coast. Istron is the bit by the sea, and Kalo Chorio the part that sits on the hillside above. Don’t worry if you get confused – even the locals do. Either way, it’s a traditional sort of place, which dishes up friendly tavernas, beautiful beaches and panoramic views over the Gulf of Mirabello.
A choice of Blue Flag beaches
The coastline here is a mighty 14 kilometres long. Along it you’ll find Blue Flag beaches, secluded coves and crystal-blue waters. There are 3 beaches within a kilometre of the village, with Golden Beach being the best known. This Blue Flag-winning stretch of, yep, golden sands, is considered one of Crete’s loveliest bays. Some even say it’s one of the nicest in the Greek Islands.
Daytrips to Heraklion
You’re half an hour from the island capital, Heraklion. This might be a modern city, but you’ve got a 15th-century fortress and Byzantine churches to explore, as well as ancient Minoan ruins. There are also museums, including the Archaeological Museum, home to 3000-year-old relics. And do visit the pretty harbour, where you can catch boats to Santorini and Mykonos.
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