Crete, the most southerly of the Greek Islands, has so much to offer. The sandy beaches along the coastline are a perfect way to spend time, enjoying the sun and a swim in the crystal blue Mediterranean waters. And for the adventurous tourists, Crete is the ideal place. There are many walking paths in the local countryside and mountains and several gorges offering trekking and hiking experiences plus, of course, the unique Cretan archaeological sites, making the island a perfect holiday destination throughout the year.
Crete still retains plenty of local cultural traits, such as its own music and dialect, as well as the wonderful Cretan cuisine. Enjoy a meal in a traditional taverna by the sea, tasting local wine and dishes or relax with a glass of ouzo and a selection of meze and finish with a little raki or Metaxa.
Aloni Villas are three new villas near the villages of Kalo Chorio and Istro. They have only recently been completed, all with individual private pools, and are located high-up with views over the Mirabello bay and the local pine tree forest, which are truly stunning.
The villas are an hour’s drive from the international airport of Heraklion.
Kalo Chorio is a small village, 10 minutes drive to the south of the town of Agios Nikolaos, nestling attractively in the midst of a verdant hilly landscape, where olive groves and local shrubs are abundant.
There are three main beaches all a short distance of the village welcoming sun-worshippers, wind-surfers and scuba-divers. With clean and pristine waters, from golden sands to a quiet and long pebble beach, all the beaches have modern facilities including cafes, sunbed rentals and toilets. There are also many another blue flag awarded beaches within a short drive. It is also possible to explore sheltered coves along the coastline.
Kalo Chorio maintains a traditional feel. It is a small village with tavernas, bars (many with internet access) and shops close by.
The village of Istro is a short distance away on the site of the ancient town of Istrona, remains of which are still being uncovered.
The cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos is only 7 kilometres away with bustling cafes and shops around the port area, marina and lake. Enjoy the vibrant night scene with many restaurants and bars.
Also within an easy drive are Elounda, Plaka with trips to Spinalonga Island, Kritsa, Sitia, Knossos, Lassithi Plateau and many other towns and hidden villages all having something special to offer.
A number of luxury hotels have been built in recent years in the locality, proof of the wonderful holiday experience to be found in this part of Crete.
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