East Crete Tours & Trips - Suggestions Istron / Agios Nikolaos from the travel experts for Crete Kreta.com
+The hidden beach Xerokampos
in the southeast of Crete
+ Visit the south-Coast City Ierapetra
with the Arabic influence and then drive eastwards in direction Koutsouras about 1 km before you arrive the coastal village Koutsouras there is the entry of the “Red Butterfly Gorge”. 400 m from the Communal Park of Koutsouras is the starting point with the sign "Dasaki Butterfly Gorge Spring" the home of all butterfly species of Crete, especially the Red Butterflies”. It is a low-level hiking with red marks this hiking can be also be done with children. After this 2-hrs-hike your bathing suits could be wet in the beach of the small coastal village Makri Gialos.
This hiking tour can be done from May-October, not before my as the water level in the gorge is too high.
+ Day-Cruise to the offshore Island Koufonissi
This small Island is a Wildlife Refuge. Due to its stunning natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. This day-cruise can be booked in advance price per person 35 €.
+ The Palm Forest Vai
and its Monastery Toplou
for this day trip you must start early in the morning. You must arrive there before the crowds arrive with the huge tourist-buses. Even it is over-crowded in the summertime, it is worth to see! A real paradise for bathing when you arrive there before the crowds. We started from Agios Nikolaos at 4 AM!
The Spinalonga - Fort & Island Spinalonga is in the gulf of Elounda, it is one of the most famous places on the island! The rocky island is situated directly opposite the village of Plaka, the fortified islet is a classic excursion. The history of Spinalonga goes back to the antiquity when the islet contained an ancient acropolis and protected the ancient sunken city of Olous. The trips to the Island Spinalonga from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka are organized tours. The archaeological sites are opened at least 9am to 5:45pm but it can be from 8am in Summer. In the wintertime from November to March it is closed, sometimes it may open on weekends if the weather is good.
+ One of the most renowned table lands of Crete is the Lassithi Plateau with its dam and its Monastery Kera Kardiotissis
+ On the wheels southwards “On Hippies Trail + Culture” first you visit the archaeological site and Gortys
and then you continue southwards to the excavations of Phaistos
then in direction to the “Hippie-Village” Matala
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The Seaside Hotel Istron Bay is located directly on the sandy beach. It is a family run hotel. Enjoy the sunset from the terrace of the Meltemi Hotel Restaurant accompanied by soft piano music. It is noticeable that heart and soul have gone into the running of this individual hotel with its long-serving, friendly personnel. The Hotel´s location is unique and the view of the private bay breathtaking. However, not only the location and view are unique: the hotel offers excellent cuisine. The chef, Panajotis Delvenakiotis, trained in Germany and has dedicated himself to authentic Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine. Many original Greek starters are available from the buffet.