Villa Akali is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac, the last in the row of three villas. It's a short walk downhill to a selection of bars, mini markets and traditional tavernas, all within walking distance. What's more the area has several well-known beaches such as Voulisma and Aghios Panteleimonas within walking distance. Set in a slightly elevated position, the villa has a pleasant view towards the mountains and a glimpse of the sea!
Latitude: 35.124130 - Longitude: 25.738239
Villa Kallisto is located a short walk downhill to a selection of bars, mini markets and traditional tavernas. For beach lovers the area has several well-known beaches, Voulisma and Aghios Panteleimonas both within walking distance. Set on the hillside this villa has stunning views of the sea and mountains. Villa Kallisto is located in the middle of three villas, with Villa Melia in front and Villa Akali behind.
Latitude: 35.124378 - Longitude: 25.738170
Villa Kastalia is less than 15 minutes' walk downhill to a selection of cafes, mini markets and local traditional tavernas. For beach lovers the area has several well-known beaches, Voulisma and Aghios Panteleimonas both only a 5 minutes' drive with glorious sands, plenty of water sports and amazing crystal clear waters. The charming resort of Aghios Nikolaos is easily accessible by car and is well worth visiting, with a picturesque harbour, laid-back beach life and pavement cafes.
Latitude: 35.118709 - Longitude: 25.727739
Villa Melia is ideally located above the road between a cluster of bars, traditional tavernas and mini markets making it a great choice for those who want to have all the resort amenities on their doorstep. Two of the best local beaches in the area are also within walking distance. Set in a slightly elevated position, the villa certainly makes the most of the stunning view of the bay with Aghios Nikolaos in the distance. Our Villa Akali is on the same lane.
Latitude: 35.124580 - Longitude: 25.738109
Villa Meliti, surrounded by dramatic countryside views, is perfectly positioned for exploring the rest of Crete island. A 5 minute drive away is the spectacular bay of Aghios Panteleimonas and slightly further is Voulisma beach with amazing turquoise waters and soft sand. You'll be a 5 minute drive from Istron's main centre with authentic Greek restaurants, cafes and gift shops. Evenings can be spent in the charming resort of Aghios Nikolaos 20 minutes' drive away with a glitzing harbour, local cafes and delicious restaurants. Our Villa Kastalia is adjacent.
Latitude: 35.118751 - Longitude: 25.727899
Villa Alexis House
Villa Alexis House is located in the village of Kalo Horio - meaning good or nice village - and is representative of many Cretan villages with one narrow main street and a few alleys branching off. About a 5 minute drive away is the resort of Istron where there is a selection of bars, restaurants and a sandy beach. Aghios Nikolaos is easily accessible and is well worth visiting, as is the upmarket resort of Elounda. The house is in a great spot for exploring the east of the island.
Latitude: 35.116249 - Longitude: 25.722900
Located in the heart of the village with traditional Cretan features and amazing views - a true taste of Greek lifestyle!
The village of Istron is situated about 10 miles to the east of Aghios Nikolaos, which is the main town and according to local myth has a bottomless lake. There is a selection of mini markets in the resort of Istron providing all the day-to-day necessities. For more variety, larger supermarkets can be found on the outskirts of Aghios Nikolaos. The local market in Aghios Nikolaos sells local fruit, vegetables and cheeses as well as linens and some clothes.
Istron has many shops which are visited by both the locals and tourists. These fringe the main road which leads from Aghios Nikolaos to Sitia, making it a great base to explore the eastern part of the island. There are many places to visit when you want to go and experience a bit of local life. To the east head off to the famous beach of Vai or for the culture vultures make for Zakros, a Minoan site which played such an important part in the Minoan civilisation. Closer to home is Kritsa where the village ladies sell their handmade lace sitting outside their houses whilst they work. One place which has to be visited is the village of Plaka, north of Aghios Nikolaos which features in Victoria Hislops novel ‘The Island’. Hop on a boat and take the short trip over to Spinalonga which was a leper colony until the mid 1950's. The village is being restored and makes for a fascinating visit.
The nearby village of Pyrgos has a small traditional Kafenion (café bar) where visitors can taste traditional Greek coffee. Istron has a great selection of tavernas that serve both local and international cuisine. There is also an array of bars and cafes if you are wanting just a cool refreshment or a light bite to eat.
Stroll through the olive groves to Agios Panteleimonas with the church on the headland. The sand and shingle beach here has sunbeds and umbrellas available to hire, or just along the main road is the beach of Voulisma. Alternatively, Golden Beach with its fine white sand, sun beds and umbrellas and small cafe is definitely worth a visit. You can snorkel at the beach of Karovostasi which is a mix of sand and pebble, or you can also learn to dive at the centre on the beach at Istron Bay Hotel.