A Day Out in Crete

Nestled on the Northeastern coast of Crete in the South of the Aegean, Mirabello Bay beckons travellers with its breathtaking beaches, rugged coastline and captivating culture.  Start your adventure by exploring the stunning coastal town of Agios Nikolaos – which is also of course home to our very own Karma Minoan resort! 

Wander along the picturesque promenade, lined with charming cafes and pretty boutiques and treat yourself to a traditional Greek breakfast – flatbread, pastries and a classic Cretan egg dish like Staka Me Ayga perhaps – while taking in the magical views across the bay. 

After breakfast, take a small boat to the mystical islet of Spinalonga – a rock promontory that was once a leper colony and is now a site of extraordinary natural beauty. Explore the ruined Venetian fortress that still stands there, before taking another boat ride across to the pretty village of Elounda where you can relax into timeless rural rhythms as you stroll through narrow streets strewn with bougainvillaea. 

Harbour Town Elounda
Handicrafts in Krista
Panagia Church

Cool off in the calm crystal waters of the Aegean at nearby Elounda Beach and enjoy the late afternoon sun on one of the comfy loungers. End your day with a visit to another scenic village – Kritsa. Nestled in a valley beneath the Dikta Mountains about 11km from Agios Nikolaos, Kritsa is all labyrinthine alleys, crooked old houses awash with flowers, churches and olive groves. As the sun sets, head to one of the traditional tavernas for an aperitif before returning to Karma Minoan for a well earned feast of classic Greek fare and a select bottle from Karma’s well stocked cellar. 


  1. We’re here at Karma Minoan this week and we’ve done all these suggestions. These places really as beautiful and as fascinating as you describe. However…..much better to spread your visits over the week, so you can include relaxing by the pool here with an amazing book borrowed from the on site library. Also we watched the sunset during the welcome evening making new friends and enjoyed that feast of local specialities cooked by the wonderful on site chef. Our room is charming and it’s a pleasure to sit on our terrace gazing at the multi colours of blue that is the sea, with the fragrance of pine as a summer breeze ruffles the branches of the surrounding trees. It’s bliss….a dream come true…..thanks to Valerios and staff. xx

  2. I would like to return for two weeks at the beginning of September for a room with two single beds.

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