A traditional stone village house in Mirsini, Crete, renovated in 2016
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
It may be a bit off the beaten track, but if you wish to get to know the real Crete you could do no better than staying in Mirsini. The people are friendly, the views are amazing, the owner was helpful and responsive, and the old pomegranate house is centrally located for exploring the eastern half of the island. We were there for almost a month and definitely would go back. Just in case I wasn’t clear: we had a great time here!! I highly recommend it.
Mirsini ist ein kleines Bergdorf mit freundlichen Bewohnern. Von Aliki, der Architektin wurde man am Ortseingang persönlich abgeholt und zum Häuschen gebracht. Es ist liebevoll dekoriert. Gegenüber dem Objekt gibt es ein kleines griechisches Kaffeehäuschen. Ansonsten gibt es einen Ein-ZImmer großes "Tante Emma-Lädchen", betrieben von Christopherus, der 95 Jahre alt ist und das wichtigste wie Milch, Brot, Joghurt und Käse da hat. Ansonsten kann man sich frisches Trinkwasser selber von einer Quelle holen, wenn man nicht Leitungswasser trinken will. Das Objekt sieht aus wie auf den Fotos. Es gibt eine Strasse, die am Dorf entlangführt und die man vom Haus auch ein wenig hört. Ansonsten kann man sich sowohl vor Ort mit Wanderungen in den nahegelegenen Olivenhainen oder mit Mietwagen in den umherliegenden Orten sehr schöne Zeit vertreiben. Die Menschen sind authentisch, gastfreundlich und liebevoll. Das Essen war wunderbar. Wer ursprüngliche Momente liebt und gerne in der Natur ist, für den ist es absolut empfehlenswert.
Vielen dank Mine!
Great Stay in an exceptional village
Pantelis, Aliki and Maria are exceptional hosts!
Before the trip, we already received extensive information about what to do and see in the area. We were greeted and welcomed warmly and all three were constantly making sure that we enjoy our stay! Mirsini is a very small village which makes it easy to get in touch with the local community. Everybody is extremely welcoming and hospitable. We can recommend to visit Nicos at the local pottery workshop and watch him do his magic! The same is true for the local taverna Kathodon and the small Kafenion, the latter being lead by Anna, who is once again a very hospitable host. At the Kafenion, simply order some Raki and you will be amazed about the additional small plates with snacks and small delicacies you will be served!
All in all we look back with very warm memories!
Thank you Aliki, Maria and Pantelis!
Karin & Frank
Thank you very much for the heartwarming review! We are all glad you enjoyed your time in Mirsini. We hope to see you again!
A very nice place
was fully corresponding to our expectations (the refined decoration of the house, the small garden with the view, the quiet ambiance of the village, the situation not too close from the touristic places...)
Thank you Vincent!
Top placering smukkeste landsby huset har alt man skal bruge vi kommer tilbage
Thank you Anett!
Ein Teil der Dorfgemeinschaft geworden
Das Ferienhaus ist liebevoll eingerichtet und gestaltet. Es ist alles da, was man benötigt. Wir wurden mit landestypischen Naturalien begrüßt.
Der Blick auf das Meer wunderschön. Die Sonnenuntergänge sind ein Traum. Die Dorfbewohner nahmen uns ganz selbstverständlich auf. Wir fühlten uns sehr wohl.
Thank you very much Andreas!
Eastern Crete, (east from Aghios Nikolaos) is the most authentic and unspoilt region of Crete since it is not touristically developed. It is the region that people from large Cretan cities (Heraklion, Chania) choose for their own relaxing vacations. Eastern Crete is mostly mountainous and the driving routes are winding and scenic, offering great views over wild mountains and the sea. In fact the whole route from Aghios Nikolaos to Sitia is considered on the best scenic drives in Greece. In this region you will meet writers and music composers who find inspiration in the sea/mountain views and the authentic village people.
**An introduction to Mirsini village**
Mirsini is a traditional Cretan village, unspoilt by tourism. It was incorporated during the Minoan period in the territory of the major Minoan city of Mochlos. It is located on Crete's northern main route, on the road from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia, 45 km from Agios Nikolaos and 23 km from Sitia at an altitude of 330 meters overlooking the gulf of Mirabello. It is famous for its great views (the village is west facing), its tranquility, the good food, wine and raki and for its hospitable and friendly residents. The village is surrounded by olive groves, fruit plantations, steep mountains and deep ravines.
**Restaurants in Mirsini**
Kathodon: a beautiful and cosy terrace within walking distance from the house. It serves traditional dishes and offers spectacular sea views. Another great restaurant is located in the neighbouring village of Mouliana, just 5 minutes drive from the house (it is open all year round during lunch and dinner hours).
There is a small shop selling basic groceries in the village. For large supermarkets and a large wekkly fruit/vegetable market you will need to drive to Sitia town (30 min by car). If you prefer to avoid shopping we can stock the kitchen for you with all items you may need. The nearest pharmacy is located in the neighbouring village of Tourloti (5 minutes drive).
If you prefer running water, lush vegetation and waterfalls, the entrance of Richtis gorge is a 15 minute drive by car, close to the nearby village of Exo Mouliana. The trail winds down the ravine for 4km passing from old bridges and abondoned watermills, through thick vegetation before reaching the sea at Richtis beach.
If you choose to explore the mountains and the amazing views you can start from the nearby village of Lastros and head towards the chapel of Saint John and Kapsas peak or towards Saint Nikitas (5km round trip).
The closest beach is in the village of Mochlos approximately 15min by car. The nearest large sandy beach is Tholos, at a distance of 20km towards Aghios Nikolaos. Sitia sandy beach is 23km drive from the house. There are various other great options available. We will provide information about the best beaches in the region.
It is the nearest town (at 23km from the house) with a large sandy beach, supermarkets, a weekly farmer's market and a hospital.
For history and archaeology enthusiasts, Sitia's archeological museum display's exhibits dating back to the Neolithic era in 3,500 BC while the medieval fortress of Kazarma, situated at the top of Sitia is a reminder of the town's medieval past. Furthermore, the folklore museum exhibits items from the past century such as weavings, woodcuts and other everyday life items.
During the evening you can visit one of the numerous small restaurants ("Rakadika") situated along the town's fishing port, which serve delicious variety plates along with Cretan spirit "Raki". And if you are up to it you can continue your night out until the early morning hours in one of the local bars and clubs.
You will need to rent a car in order to fully enjoy what the region has to offer. For travel plans:
The main access to Crete is through Heraklion (about 1.30 hours distance) with an international airport and port. There are scheduled flights throughout the year from Athens and various European airports as well as charter flights from April till October while the port offers connection to Athens and Aegean islands.
The newly constructed Sitia airport is served with scheduled flights from Athens and charter flights from Europe in the summer months. The airport also offers scheduled flights to the nearby islands of Kasos and Karpathos.