Local Attractions

Local Attractions
Tholos Beach


Only 500m from the villas is the stunning Tholos Beach.  Head round to the far side of the bay for the best sand and shallow swimming ideal for children. There is also a simple taverna on the beach, serving a good variety of local foods and cold beers. Perfect for a spot of Cretan lunch.



A delightful little town with a beautiful village church (pictured right) and a good range of tavernas and cafeneons. It’s worth heading to the square for a relaxing beer and a bite to eat. Kavousi is also the starting point for some fantastic walks as well as boasting the oldest olive tree in Crete at nearly 2000 years old.



Mochlos is a delightful little fishing village a short distance up the road towards Sitia. Head down to the water front and you can eat at a selection of authentic tavernas looking across the sea towards the archaeological island of Mochlos. Bougatzi Taverna (the last one on the sea point) has live music from 8.30 on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Mochlos is well worth spending a few hours to get a feel for the real Crete.



This archaeological site on an ancient Minoan town has recently been renovated and now boasts a beautiful square coupled with a selection of charming Cafeneons (small cafe/restaurants). With its beautiful views and romantic atmosphere it’s well worth visiting for a drink and a bite to eat as the sun sets.

Agios Nikolaos


Agios Nikolaos is an international and cosmopolitan resort that welcomes thousands of visitors annually. The lake is its most charming feature; legend suggests that Athena and Armetis bathed in its waters. The lake is connected to the sea by a straight channel, while its natural surroundings of red rock and trees attract the visitor magnetically. A walk around the shops of Agios Nikolaos is an enjoyable experience and in the many stores you can find a wide selection of traditional Cretan artwork as well as jewellery and embroidery. There are bustling cafeterias, coffee houses and taverns serving traditional Cretan food. Relaxing with a beer down at the harbour is a must.



Renowned for its Five star hotels Elounda is a world renowned resort located to the north of Ag. Nikolaos. Its indented coastline boasts shaded beaches and crystal clear seas. It is 10km distance from Ag. Nikolaos and en route, you are able to see the spectacular view of the Mirambello Gulf and Korfos. This used to be the favoured place of legendary figures from Minoan Crete and of historical figures of our times. Elounda is a good day out with plenty of water sports and restaurants and bars. You can also visit the island of Spinalonga, a historic Venetian and then Turkish fort and subsequently a leper colony.



Ierapetra consists of two quite distinct parts;  Kato Mera and Pano Mera.  Kato Mera is the old town on the south western headland. It is characterised by a medieval street layout with narrow alleyways, cul-de-sacs and small houses creating a village-like atmosphere. The former mosque and the “House of Napoleon” can be found in this neighbourhood, as can Agios Georgios metropolitan church (built in 1856) and considered one of the most interesting in Crete. Pano Mera is the much bigger new town, with wider streets and vibrant shopping and dining. Head straight through the town for the coast and the promenade is a hive of stalls, bars and tavernas, perfect for evening dining or an afternoon drink.