- Region: Crete
- Perfecture : Lasithi
- Municipality : Tourloti
- Population: 430
Mochlos is a small picturesque fishing village located In the gulf of Mirabello in Eastern Crete, easily within reach of Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia (all an easy one hour drive), the possibilities for exploration and sightseeing are numerous.
At Mohlos Village you won’t find any all-inclusive hotels, night clubs or fast food outlets, and that’s what makes it perfect. With only a handful of tavernas, a couple shops and two taxi men to the town, it’s ideal for a quiet little weekend get away or maybe longer, no noise, no pollution, and you can eat at maybe some of the best tavernas in Crete whilst looking over to the Minoan site, just a 5 minute boat ride away (You can swim if you’re brave).
There are only a few apartments to stay at but they are all run by friendly inn-keepers who are incredibly accommodating.
There is one small sandy beach, however, if you don’t mind rocks, there’s plenty of opportunities to get into the water around the sea front, great for a little snorkle. Just beside one of the tavernas, there is a natural rock pool which is heated by the sun during the day making it the perfect spot to have a little relax and take in the views.
Take the boat to the island which is a sight of ancient Minoan settlement where tombs, buildings, and houses have been discovered over the past few decades.
The local tavernas offer fresh fish, dried squid dried out during the day before being cooked, local lamb, chicken, cheese pies, fresh taramosalata, greek salad, potatoes, and not forgetting a few good sips of Mythos to wash it all down or maybe a local wine.
Mochlos was first excavated by Richard Seager in 1908 at the western end of the island, where a prepalatial cemetery was found. At that time, tombs, pithos burials and pit graves were uncovered, as well as two large tombs at the western tip of the island. In the 1970s, Jeffrey Soles documented the tombs and cemetery uncovered by Seager. The cemetery was in use from Early Minoan II to Middle Minoan IA.
The main Minoan settlement is at the south end of the island. The earliest buildings are from Early Minoan IB and the ruins visible today on Mochlos date from Late Minoan IB. Northwest of the modern town of Mochlos, a three-storey building was found from the Late Minoan I period. The building included two pillar crypts, a staircase and a kitchen. This building is the largest of the Late Minoan I town.
Two buildings were also uncovered behind the modern town of Mochlos. Both are artisans' quarters. One was used for crafting bronze, ivory and stone. The other was for making pottery. Both buildings contained a shrine. Excavations continued 1989-1994 under the direction of Jeffrey Soles from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Costis Davaras from the University of Athens.
Some excavations continue, but the core work on the project is study and publication of data.
How to get there
We recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and infrequent (you cannot reach Mochlos by public transport).
By Air: From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Chania and, more frequently, to the capital Heraklion. Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
By Sea: The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Chania-Souda port or Heraklion Port. Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our website.
By Car: If you want to explore the region while you're here, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. We suggest our Partner Budget, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at either airport.
By Taxi: Book your taxi transfer online easily and safely from the airport or port to any location via our website.
Where to stay
Fantastic sea views and comfort, warm hospitality ... Mochlos Mare Apartments
Mohlos Villas, comfortable well fitted villas with private pool on a perch sea and island view.
What to see & do
Visit the archaelogical site of Mochlos, the American archeologist R.B. Seager discovered the archaeological site of Mohlos in 1907, after following the instructions of a local fisherman. The following year, the excavations began on the little island, which revealed 20 built tombs and about 12 habitations.
The islet looks within swimming distance, especially when the weather is calm, but it is easier to arrange a ride with a local fisherman if you want to go over.
During the Summer, the locals organize several social events such as fishing contests (especially during August) and if you're lucky, you might meet and participate in some of the events.
In front of the small village, you will find the small sandy beach of Mochlos with the clear waters. The beach is no organized but there are the basic facilities. If you head to the east, you will find the second bay of the village, which is smaller and rockier. If you keep going east, after approximately 350m, you'll find several secluded small bays with round pebbles. The area is also ideal for snorkeling and fishing, as the rocky bottom is home to plenty of fish.
Keep an eye out for sea urchins while bathing at Mochlos: they flourish in the clear, unpolluted water( the mini-market sells protective plastic shoes). In the mornings, you 'll see divers collecting them for restaurants along the coast, which serve up the roe as achinosalata - a much prized delicacy.
Visit the nearby village of Tourloti (7.5km) a real paradise with its small kafenia but with fine views. If you want some more gorgeous view, you must go up to the central church of the village, from where you can see all the Mirabello's Bay, Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. If you are a fan of the rural and country-side life of Greece, then you should visit this cosmopolitic village of Sitia Province, and meet the beauty of the eastern region of Crete.
Maybe one day on your way to Sitia, just beyond the village of Skopi, you will come to a track signed left for the Faneromeni Monastery. After a parthly asphalted around 5 km track you wiill approach this monastic churh overlooks a gorge near to the sea, standing as a metaphor for recent Cretan history, the church has been battered but still stands unbowed. Unfortunately most of the frescoes have been destroyed.<.p>
Mochlos Donkeys, yes take time and discover Crete at a donkey's pace. Experience a different adventure walking with Karina's and Sandrine's long-eared friends and discovering the lovely nature of the hills surrounding Mochlos village.
Where to eat & drink
Mohlos offers exceptional eating and recreational facilities. Picturesque tavernas "lapped by the waves" offer authentic Cretan cooking, based on the local olive oil, the best in the world, wonderful seafood tidbits and specialties and other gastronomic delights, while small bars offer low-key modern entertainment