Highlights of the Tour
Fascinating island of Spinalonga - once a Venetian fort, then an Ottoman settlement and then a Cretan island of outcasts whose life-affirming stories of triumph over adversity and sense of community could still be witnessed 50 years after it was closed
Mirabello Bay is the largest natural bay in Crete and its name comes from the Italian “mira il bello” that means 'a beautiful view' - a tribute to the wonderful sea views from the bay.
Here they are, the pearls – a lovely village, a sparkling port town and a fascinating island - enveloped by majestic Mirabello bay. This wonderful day tour embraces the Mediterranean island life in all its variety - stunning sceneries, its rural and urban charm, some of the most spectacular sites of the island (a swimming opportunity), its culture, history and a sea - it is probably one of the best tours to take when visiting Crete.
Heading east from the island's capital, Heraklion, a glorious panorama unfolds as you approach the spectacular bay of Mirabello, a stunning location situated on Crete's north east coast. The gulf sits beneath the dramatically soaring Thripti Mountains. Connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway the island of Kolokythi, attached to Elounda creates a sheltered bay within a bay, which stretches to the fascinating island of Spinalonga.
Explore Kritsa - a traditional mountain village seated among olive groves and known as a setting of quite few film scenes shot in Crete. An opportunity to taste a traditional, well-brewed Greek coffee (or mountain tea), meet the villagers.
As we continue the scenic road takes us to small port where we take a boat to Spinalonga. Over the years, Spinalonga Island has gained the reputation as one of all-time favorite sightseeing on Crete - it is stunning location, rich with legends and touching stories. Here we will have a guided tour with our expert guide to discover its secrets and its past. Maybe you have read Viktoria Hislop’s international bestselling novel “Island”?
This tour is not only about island; it’s the whole journey to and from, starting from either the charming seaside village Plaka or fisherman’s Elounda.
Family-owned taverns seated in Elounda bay are great to enjoy the Crete’s seafood offering (fish, calamari, octopus) or equally good lamb chops.
Explore the charming port town Agios Nikolaos - one of the most picturesque in whole Greece, discover its mystic and legendary lake and enjoy the panoramic view of the town from our special view point.
Note: this is a private tour and can be modified according to your interests and preferences