Istron is located on the north coast of Crete, 10km from the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos in the Lasithi region. Surrounded by citrus and olive groves and small fields of local produce, it is still a working village which welcomes the few tourists who find their way here. Istron is in the lower part of Kalo Horio and is within easy walking distance of local beaches. The village is well supplied with bars, a bakery, local tavernas and many small shops providing all you need, right on the doorstep of your Istron holiday home.
Most visitors to Istron spend time on the lovely beaches of the Bay of Mirabello. Altogether Istron has three local beaches which are a mixture of sand and pebbles. Tucked into little coves and shaded by tamarisk trees they are very pleasant and convenient for those staying in holiday rentals in Istron. The golden beach at Lassithi has sun beds and umbrellas right on the water’s edge and bathing in the turquoise sea is a real delight. Cruises to nearby Spinalonga and Elounda are available from the harbour at Agios Nikolaos.
The nearby town of Agios Nikolaus is named after the 7th century Church of St Nicholas. As well as having breathtaking views of the town and bay, the church has some remarkably preserved frescoes dating back to the 9th-11th centuries. The town has a quaint fishing harbour which is worth exploring on foot. After dark the area is lit by the “kaiki” fishing boats and the local shops and tavernas. Those with a hire car can drive to the palm-tree lined beach at Vai, the famous palace at Knossos, the caves at Matala and the windmills at Lasithi.
Holiday rental homes in Istron 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. It can be humid at times. Rainfall during the summer is minimal with some showers from November to March. In winter the lowest daytime temperatures average 14°C (57°F) making it a pleasant year-round destination.
The nearest international airport serving Istron holiday rentals is Heraklion (HER) Airport in north central Crete. It is about 77km away and takes one hour to drive. 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.