A visit to Myrtos is like a voyage back in time. As you enter the tiny seaside village, you will be charmed by postcard-like images. This little village spreads out alongside the sea, blending sweetly into the landscape.
Myrtos is one of the jewels of Crete, a picturesque seaside village in southeast Crete, near the town of Ierapetra (10 min. drive) in Lassithi Prefecture. It is the base of a municipal department, consisting of Myrtos and four other villages, and has a population of around 500 people.
Most of the local inhabitants are farmers, a fact immediately obvious from the many greenhouses in the area.
The history of Myrtos, too, is lost in the mists of time. The archaeologists who have excavated and studied the area tell us that Myrtos was first inhabited in the Early Minoan period (c. 2800-2000 BC).
Myrtos Mare Suites is built right over the ash-grey sand and clear water main beach. Our maisonnettes and studios are fully air-conditioned and feature terraces and views of the sea. Each one offers free wi-fi, satellite TV, a kitchenette fitted with an oven; a microwave coffee machine and a hair dryer are also available. Towels and bed linen are provided.
The main beach extends right in front of the Myrtos Mare Suites, taverns and cafés, and stretches west, where it broadens out. Continuing even further westward, you will find numerous other smaller beaches. There is also a magnificent beach at Tertsa village (4 km away).
To the east lies a beach with large pebbles and a few tamarisk trees, along the road to Ierapetra. If you come there, you will probably find yourself alone, as everybody prefers the much more popular beach at Myrtos, just the place to dive in and enjoy the blue sea.
Myrtos is a quiet place, where you will have a good time as long as you are not interested in a hectic nightlife. You can spend your days on the beach, sip your coffee gazing out to the open sea, read a book and stroll round the area; in the evenings you can enjoy your food and wine in one of the little taverns on the seafront or in the village alleyways. One important advantage is that the area is not affected by the “meltemia” (northwesterly seasonal winds) and strong northerly winds soaring over many beaches on the south coast of Crete.