Mochlos - Sitia - Monastery Toplou - Vai

Duration: 10 hours

Ο Μόχλος βρίσκεται 48χλμ ανατολικά του Αγίου Νικολάου και είναι ένα μικρό παραδοσιακό χωριό απέναντι από το ομώνυμο νησάκι το οποίο αποτέλεσε σημαντικό λιμάνι στην Μινωική εποχή.

It is a quiet fishing village with clean beaches and quiet places for food and coffee on the coastal road.

A Late Minoan cemetery with many findings has been excavated near the village of Limenaria Beach.

Sitia is the last town of Crete ,on the East, near the Cape of Iron, 64 km away from Agios Nikolaos. It has about 10,000 inhabitants and it is quite developed with tourist infrastructure, shops etc.

Sitia, as a coastal city, has walls and a castle "Kazarma", an archaeological and folklore museum which you can visit all year round. You can also swim in the long beach of the town or take a stroll and sip your coffee on the beautiful coastal road.

Historically, the city of Sitia was first inhabited in the Neolithic Age. There are also Minoan findings in the Petras area.

It is the home of the Musson (a replacement of Periandros at the seven wise men of antiquity) and Vitsentzos Kornaros.

The Toplou Monastery is built at the base of Cape Sideros and it is 10 km east of Sitia.

The monastery was fortified in the 15th century to protect it from the raids of the Turks. It has the shape of a square and covers an area of 800sqm, consists of 3 floors and has a bell tower of 33m high.

The Church is a divinity and is dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary and to St. John the Baptist.

In the monastery there is an exhibition with various exhibits of ecclesiastical art, military banners, mugs, etc. as well as significant pictures.

The monastery celebrates on September 26th.

Vai is the largest palm grove in Crete, consisting of Cretan palm trees, 250 square meters in size. At the edge of the palm grove we find one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete. The area has been characterized as protected due to the scarcity of its flora and its particular natural culture.

Rate per hour:
  • 35,00 € (taxi 1-4 seats)
  • 60,00 € (mini van 1-8 seats)
Entrance fees and tour guide are not included in the price.
Tour guide is provided upon request.
All tours are flexible on your needs.

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