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The village of Mirtos and Mirtos Beach in Crete
Mirtos is a charming and popular small tourist center in the south of Crete, just a little west (14 kilometer) of Ierapetra. It has got narrow steets, one leading into the village, others running steeply down from that street to the promenade and the beach. In the village there is a wide choice for taverna's, restaurants, hotels, small pensions and shops. Most of the taverna's are at the seafront, and most of the hotels in the backstreets. It is a lively place but in a good way, and it is cozy with lots of flowers in pots in front of the houses, and trees that are painted white at the bottom. Mirtos has got a lovely sandbeach with umbrellas and sunbeds. Just outside the village towards Vatos there are more beaches, which are more quiet than the beach of Mirtos itself. Once the village of Mirtos was the secret tip of the backpackers, now it has become more lively, but because there are no really large hotels in Mirtos it is not overcrowded yet. The large beach of Mirtos is excellent for swimming and also the proximity of so many other beaches means that there is space for everybody. Mirtos has about 700 inhabitants. The village is protected by the Dikti Mountains and also because of this it is blessed with a subtropical climate. This means that over all it is usually just a little bit warmer here than on the north side of the island. In Mirtos you can find all amenities, such as supermarkets, butchers, a grocery store, a bakery, a car rental and all kinds of shops and restaurants. Altough this sounds maybe a bit touristic there is still a feeling of Greek authenticity in the village of Mirtos.
The history of the area of Mirtos
tip by Harma Martens
VILLA MERTIZA in Mirtos
The southeast of Crete is the most peaceful part of the island of Crete, where you regularly bump into an empty beach, and yet there are a number of cozy coastal villages with a bit of life such as his Mírtos, Makrigialios and Analipsi. One of the places in the southeast of Crete, which we discovered was Mirtos. This village turned out to be a pleasant surprise and our attention was drawn by Villa Mertiza. It is a complex with 22 apartments and studios in 2008 where we have taken a look. It is run by people from Holland. It looked very cared for and had a modern kitchen with a refrigerator and coffee maker. There is also more comfortable and stylish than what you might normally find in a typical Greek studio or apartment. So no plastic chairs, but with good beds and just a bit more luxury and better dressed up. Mírtos is also a popular place to stay so it's wise to reserve (when we were there in October, there was just a studio left where we could take a look). In the complex of Villa Mertiza there is a reception and there is a large covered terrace where there are comfortable seats. Here you can read your newspaper or a book or you can drink a coffee. If you want you can have breakfast at Villa Mertiza as well.
Big Blue Apartments in Mirtos - Standard studios, luxury studios and 2-room apartments near the beach - sea view
Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Big Blue is situated in the lovely village of Myrtos, south Crete and offers spacious, soundproofed rooms, with free internet access throughout the hotel. Enjoy the great views of the sea and the village from your private balcony. Relax in the garden, surrounded by citrus groves, and taste some of the hotel’s homemade wine. Each room is fully equipped with modern amenities for your convenience. Air-conditioning and heating are also provided, so you’re comfort is guaranteed, whatever the weather. There are also BBQ facilities on-site for outdoor dining. The beach is just 30 metres from the hotel and there are plenty of outdoor activities that can be accessed around Big Blue. Take a walk through the local forests, go fishing, or rent a car through the hotel and explore the historic sites. The village has all the local amenities you will need as well as good public transport connections to Heraklion, Ierapetra and Agios Nikolaos.
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VILLA LAMBROS in Tertsa = apartments and studios
Next to Mirtos in the southeast of Crete lies the village Tertsa. It is very quiet and there are many nice sand beaches, which are also suitable for naturists. In the village of Tertsa itself is the large sandy village beach with sunbeds and umbrellas and on either side of this beach there are a large number of beaches to choose from. The beaches on the west side of the village are superb, quiet and perfect for naturism. Dick and Siemon of Villa Mertiza (see above) manage a small complex here called Villa Lambros. The village of Tertsa is very small, with 70 inhabitants, and yet with a few tavernas and a mini market. One of the tavernas, Lambros Taverna is very good and people are very friendly and hospitable. If you like to spend a couple days in real peace and quiet (with the exception of occasional barking dog) and you want to enjoy the sun, nature and a delicious glass of ouzo on the balcony, this is a place for you. No rush, everything relaxed and no noise of cars. We stayed in a well decorated and neat apartment with a separate bedroom, a couch and an armchair, a dining area, a complete kitchen (including coffee machine, water cooker, electric hot plates, refrigerator etc), a bathroom and a large balcony with sea view.
CAFE BAR KORINA - MIRTOS
Only a small menu here in Cafe Bar Korina in Mirtos, on the southcoast of crete: breakfast, ice cream, yoghurt with honey and a beautiful cup of Illy coffee. Not much, but what they serve is okay. It is situated on the boulevard where most of the restaurants are.
Our verdict: an 8,5 out of 10