East Crete beaches

Mochlos

Lassithi

Mochlos beaches
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Mochlos is a traditional village, located 48km east of Agios Nikolaos and 35km west of Sitia. It is situated 150m opposite the islet of St. Nicholas with the homonym chapel, which is a very important archaeological site. The village retains the traditional elements of Crete intact and is an ideal destination for relaxing holidays. The villagers, mostly originating from the village Sfaka, are very friendly and you will feel very familiar with them on the first day. If you're lucky, you might meet some of the events organized by the locals, such as fishing contests.

Along the coastal road of the village there are a few taverns and cafes where you can enjoy fresh seafood and your drinks; these taverns are famous even to Greek celebrities. There was an old tax office next to the taverns, which was unfortunately demolished several years ago. In front of the small village, you will find the small beach of Mochlos that is sandy and has rocky bottom. Next to it there are the basic amenities, but still it is not organized. If you head to the east, you will find the second bay of the village, which is smaller and rockier.

If you want to stay isolated, you can also choose the sandy beach of Limenaria, located 400m west of Mochlos. Here is the local harbor and the beach is well protected from the waves. In 1986 archaeologists discovered in Limenaria a postminoan cemetery with several unlooted carved tombs. There were found more than 60 decorated vases and a minoan seal depicting a deer.

If you come to Mochlos, it is worth visiting the nearby villages Sfaka, Lastros, Tourloti and Myrsini. The villages retain their traditional style and are home to some very old chapels. Moreover, on a hill south of Mochlos you can visit the picturesque chapel of Holy Spirit (Agio Pnevma in Greek) which has panoramic views to Mirabello Gulf. Lastly, near the village of Myrsini you’ll meet the Venetian Tower of Kornaros with the chapel of St. Anthony.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Lassithi Prefecture, East Crete, North Crete, Sitia area
  • Sea water color: Blue
  • Sand type: Sand, Rocks in places
  • Depth: Normal
  • Sea surface: Usually wavy
  • Crowds: Quiet
  • Facilities: Accommodation options nearby, Food / water nearby, Showers
  • Other Information: Ideal for snorkeling / spearfishing
  • Accessibility: Paved road
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