A cosy apartment in a peaceful and authentic Cretan village
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Only the weather wasn’t perfect!
A lovely location with very generous supplies of local produce. The local taverna had both character and good food. A variety of locations were within easy reach. Nikos was an attentive host without being intrusive. A place we would happily recommend and revisit.
First time in Crete. Lovely to stay in a small village in the hillls away from the crowds.
The apartment was perfect for us, a couple, with everything we needed for cooking, if we stayed in, and very close to a local taverna serving excellent food. Everything was very well maintained and clean with great personal touches in the rooms. Local people were very friendly. The small terrace has great views down to the coast, to a little seaside village where there is a small beach and several excellent restaurants serving fresh fish. Our host was lovely and very generous with his own produce, olive oil, wine, fruit, etc. The location is convenient for the area’s beaches, archaeological sites and the larger towns of Sitia and Agios with their museums and shops. The only slightly negatives were intermittent WiFi and when there are guests in the upper apartment, they must walk on the outside staircase past the terrace and bedroom window. But it was only a small disturbance to a perfect holiday.
A perfect Cretan retreat
A traditional property beautifully restored. I loved my short stay in this apartment in a completely unspoiled Cretan village. Nikos gives a wonderfully warm welcome and takes care that his guests have all they need. Sitting out on the porch, looking down on the sea, is beautiful both morning and evening, and the village is a great base for exploring the rugged east of the island. I will certainly try to go back!
Mehr als wohl gefühlt. :)
Wir hatten einen wunderbaren Urlaub. Nikos ist ein super Gastgeber. Er ist unglaublich freundlich und hilfsbereit. Wir haben zu Beginn einen großen Korb mit seinen lokalen Produkten bekommen und auch im Kühlschrank wartete frisches Obst und Gemüse auf uns. Das Apartment ist für zwei Personen genau das Richtige. Wer etwas mehr Platz sucht, für den ist Nikos zweites Apartment oben drüber genau das Richtige. Im Ort gibt es einen kleinen Tante Emma Laden und eine super tolle Taverne. Wir waren dort jeden zweiten Abend essen, da das Essen sehr lecker und preiswert ist, der Wirt sehr sympathisch und der Ausblick inklusive Sonnenuntergang wunderbar sind. Wir waren am vielen verschiedenen Stränden, haben ein paar Wanderungen gemacht und uns insgesamt sehr erholt.
Thank you very much Susanna. I am glad you enjoyed your holiday in Agrilos!
Haben die Ruhe genossen!
Sehr freundlicher und herzlicher Gastgeber!
Niko war zu unserer Begrüßung da - mit einem Korb voller Lebensmittel und Getränke: Wein, Olivenöl, Raki, Obst, Gemüse...wir haben viele Mahlzeiten damit bestritten.
Alles war sehr sauber, eine junge Frau, die für die Reinigung der Wohnung zuständig war, bot uns immer wieder z. B. frische Handtücher und Bettlaken an.
Mirsini war für uns ideal. Wir erlebten Dorfleben in Kreta und hatten eine individuelle Wohnung.
We had the most wonderful time at this beautiful little house.
I can‘t even describe how kind Nikos, the host, was. We arrived late in the evening and were pretty hungry. Nikos welcomed us not only with all kinds of homegrown vegetables and fruits, but also with a huge basket full of wine, olive oil, pastries, olives and dried tomatos. He sure was our hero - not only at this day but also a few days later when he surprised us with eggs und sweets. We never met someone so genuinely kind.
The house was very clean and fully equipped. Towels, pans, plates - there’s nothing you will miss. It looks just as beautiful as the pictures show. We loved cooking there and enjoyed our meals on the little terrace. If you look through the olive trees you can see the coast of Mochlos, where by the way are so many cute little taverns which serve fresh fish. You just have to drive 15 minutes down there. Another beautiful tavern is located meters away, next to the apartment, where you can enjoy some nice greek dishes for little money and a breathtaking view all over the sea. We never payed more than 30 Euro for starter, main course and dessert.
If you walk two minutes into the village you'll also find a little market. It's only one room but you'll find bread, water and things for your breakfast there. The people in myrsini were very kind and welcoming. Just like all the other people we met while being in greece.
Our favorite beach was located far in the east of the isle. We had to drive one our to get there, but it was totally worth it. On the way you'll see the village of dyonisos, a spooky ghost town, which was a holiday resort once. I was spooked out by all the lost places there, but it's totally interesting to take a closer look.
Pantelis will give you some great advice about some beautiful beaches nearby and some hiking spots , when you book the apartment. The nearest beach is 20 minutes away, i'd say. Our favorite one was Itanos Beach in Vai. Another beautiful one was Agriomandra Beach, where you have to walk some time to get there but then you'll be the only person there most of the time. Really breathtaking.
Of course you will have to drive at least 30 minutes to see some bigger cities with bigger supermarkets, but we didn't mind that at all. We loved how calm myrsini was. If you're searching for a lovely home in a calm little village, delicious food and the most warm-hearted host, you will find it for sure while staying at Nikos stonehouse.
Thank you for the very detailed review Michelle! I am glad you enjoyed your holiday in Agrilos.
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.