The small village of Kalo Chorio, also spelt Kalo Horio, is adjoining the coastal village of Istron and just a little further inland. However it is still within easy walking distance of the local beaches. “Kalo Chorio” means “good village” and is on the north coast of Crete, 10km from the harbour town of Agios Nikolaos in the Lasithi region. Surrounded by citrus and olive groves, pine-covered mountains and small gardens of local produce, it is a picturesque working Cretan village. It warmly welcomes the few tourists who come to stay in holiday rentals in Kalo Chorio.
A stroll around the small town will reveal its magnificent church, school and play area for children. There are several golden sand or sand-and-shingle beaches along the coastline including lovely Istron Bay, Agios Panteleimon, Karavostasi & Voulisma, all well-organized beaches. They offer sunbeds and shady umbrellas as well as watersports opportunities. There are several excellent restaurants in Kalo Chorio and neighbouring Istron. Try the Pelagros Fish Taverna for excellent fresh fish dishes or the Panorama Restaurant which has superb views across the Bay of Mirabello.
Explore the livelier coastal town of Istron which has plenty of local shops, sports bars and evening entertainment. Further afield is the vibrant harbour town of Agrio Nikolaus, named after the 7th century Church. It has well-preserved frescoes dating back to the 9th century and is in a location which has stunning views across the town and bay. The fishing harbour is ideal for taking a boat trip around the bay and at night the town has excellent bars and restaurants. There are local bus services to a number of other towns including Heraklion with its archaeological museum, the charming towns of Ierapetra and Sitia and the Minoan settlements of Malia and Knossos.
Holiday rental homes in Kalo Chorio enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate and ample sunshine during the hot, dry summer months with August temperatures averaging 28°C (82°F). The island is refreshed by the seasonal breezes in July and August. Rainfall during the summer is minimal with some showers from November to March. The mild winter temperatures drop to an average 14°C (57°F) in the day, making it a pleasant year-round destination.
The nearest international airport serving Kalo Chorio holiday rentals is Heraklion (HER) Airport in north central Crete, about 77km away. Cheap flights from Thomsonfly are regularly available from Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Glasgow, London (Gatwick and Luton) Manchester and Newcastle. Jet2 flies from Leeds/Bradford and Budgetair has flights from Cork, Dublin and Shannon to Heraklion (Iraklion). Flights can also be taken to Athens (ATH) International Airport and there are regular ferries from Pireas to Rethymno and Heraklion.