01 May to 31 October
Duration : 7 hours
Timetable : 10:30 -
The true gem of the Mirabello gulf, Spinalonga is the definition of tranquility and relaxation and the ultimate destination of this cruise. Its fortress, its history, its beauty....absolute bliss. Dine in Plaka village by the sea and enjoy breathtaking views over the sheltered bay.
Anchor up for a swim at the natural bay of Kolokytha with the shape of an amphitheatre. An exciting, unforgettable cruise.
Leaving our base at
the Mirabello Hotel
Exploring the sunken city of Olous
Swimming at Kolokytha beach
Sailing along the coast
Enjoying drinks and fruit
Exploring unique places
Sunbathing by Spinalonga
Approaching the pier at Spinalonga.
Visiting picturesque Plaka village
Dining by the sea
Enjoying extraordinary seafood
Swimming in azure water
Sailing by Elounda
Daily Cruise to Mirabello Gulf
The first signs of settlement date back to Minoan times. In 1579 during the Venetian occupation of Crete the Venetians built a fortress on the island to guard the bay of Mirabello. In 1715 the Turks, who occupied Crete for almost 200 years took over the fortress. Between 1900 and 1957 it was used
as a leper-
This day is beyond any doubt one of the highlights of your holiday on Crete.
The Route, places we visit and activities
Olous is an ancient ruin of a town located under the water in the bay of Elounda. This intriguing site can be reached by snorkelling or diving from the narrow strip of land that joins the mainland and Kolokytha peninsula, with access just south of Elounda. It is thought to have existed before 780 AD. Some mosaic floors and ruined wall structures can be seen on land, on the thin isthmus between Elounda and Kolokytha.
Depicting birds and fish, these mosaics are all that remain of two chapels associated with the town.
Coins excavated from the site show Zeus, an eagle, a dolphin or a star. Artefacts from the site can be seen in the archaeological museum of Agios Nikolaos and in the Louvre.
The sunken city of OLOUS
Olous, and accordingly the wider region, were depopulated at the middle of the 7th century because of the raids of the Arab pirates in the Mediterranean Sea. Olous remained deserted until the mid-
The Venetian salt-
Very close to Elounda and the Spinalonga peninsula there is an islet called Kolokytha. On the opposite side of the islet there is a wonderful beach, the beach of Saint Loukas or “Kolokythas“, as it is called by the locals.
The water is superbly clean, and the branches of the old olive trees literally reach over
the sandy beach.
This extraordinary trip is full of surprises. While sailing by scenic coasts, secluded rocky coves and hidden caves you may come across beautiful dolphins, rare turtles and various types of birds.
Extraordinary natural beauty, celebrity guests and elegant hotels. Elounda is the destination of choice for presidents, sheiks, royalty and celebrities. One of the most beautiful areas in Crete is home to a series of luxury resorts, with private beaches, marinas and high standards of service.
The surroundings are just as impressive.
Plaka is a tiny picturesque village located 16 km north of Agios Nikolaos town and 5 km from the cosmopolitan resort of Elounda. It is an old fishing village with a few seaside taverns and accommodations. Plaka lies amidst lush green surroundings while it retains its natural beauty.
There is a beautiful square where all the locals and tourists gather during the day.
The Taverns serve delicious food.
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Daily Cruise to fishing village Mochlos
Feast your goggled eyes on the rich underwater world of the coast that surrounds
the Mirabello gulf.
Dine right on the seafront and enjoy fresh fish and lots of other local delicacies.
Dining by the sea