Istron Bay Hotel organises cooking courses where guests learns to cook on the basis of local recipes. This includes the buy of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs in the market, the preparation of the  dishes under the guidance of the master chef in a relaxed atmosphere. When the dishes are ready , guests get together to socialize and enjoy the variety of flavours  that they have prepared. Guests can also take the cooking exams and once they succeed they get a certification from the "Greek Academy of taste" that confirms their knowledge on the greek cuisine.

The Hotel staff organises a lot of sport activities for its guests. The programme includes aerobic, stretching, water gymnastics, beach volleyball, waterball and dance courses. 

The Hotel has also a tennis court, guests have the option to play tennis  from early in the morning till late in the evening under floodlights or for them they would like to have some tennis lessons (on charge).

The Istron bay is ideal for water sports, the Hotel has its own water sport facilities for surfing, water skiing, pedal boating and canoeing, and also banana boat and water rings.

Swim. Enjoy some really superb beaches at this part of Crete.The first beach on the west of Kalo Chorio Village, 1km west of the village, is a very quiet sandy beach of the area called Karavostasi and is ideal for relaxing moments. All around there are many tamarisk, carob and olive trees. In the same bay, east of Karavostasi unfolds the second beach of Saint Panteleimon. Saint Panteleimon gets its name from the homonym picturesque church built on the beach. The beach is sandy and well organized with umbrellas, showers, water sports, etc. A good spot for windsurfing. The second bay of Istron is located 500m east of the village. Here is one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete, Greece Voulisma or Golden Beach is a beautiful beach with white sand and amazing turquoise waters. The only drawback is that when it is wavy, the streams move rubbish here. Then you can move to the smaller beach in the west part of the bay, which is very well protected from winds and less organized. Another beach is located 1km east of Istron and is well hidden in a steep bay. The beach is called Pilos, but is widely known as Istron Bay, after the homonym hotel that is built on the steep slopes of the Gulf. While it seems as private, there is a path leading to the beach starting from the west of the hotel. Furthermore, you should keep in mind that there are no private beaches in Greece. The beach is sandy and has calm blue waters. It is well organized with umbrellas and pool bars (from the hotel) and there is a small jetty for boats. Between Voulisma and Pilos beach, there is a small peninsula, where you can visit the small pebbly beach of Hartalami Kolimbos, unknown to most people. Lastly, east of Istron bay there is a very small cove with three remote beaches, accessed only on foot via a short path. The beaches are named Vryonisi (or Prasonisi), after the small Vryonisi (or Prasonisi) islet that is formed just opposite the small bay.Discover the city of Agios Nikolaos. The church of Agios Nikolaos has given the multi-faceted town its current name. The famously deep "lake" is a natural congregating point for waterfront cafes and eating places. Shops cover a range of styles, interesting items can be found on sale in the town center. Cafes cater for tastes from regular nightlife to a literary bent.

Nearby attractions include Kritsa village and Katharos plateau - and the wonderfully scenic "corniche" coastal route to Sitia. Good beaches within the town and on the east coast.

Chrissi  or Gaidouronisi is called  the small island on the south part of Crete. This is the island with the famous white-pink sandy beach. Take the boat from Ierapetra 35km from Agios Nikolaos, for a daily cruise to this small paradise.

Enjoy  a full day excursion at the palm forest of Vai on the eastern side of Crete. This is the only palm forest in Europe and it ends up to a nice sandy beach, one of the best on the island. Please note that the beach is full of sunbeds and umbrellas and also full of tourists (early morning, late afternon, spring or end of Summes is highly suggested).

On the way back don't miss to visit the Toplou Monastery to admire the view. This is one of the most well organised monasteries, that produces olive oil and also excellent quality wine.

Take the boat from Elounda or from Plaka for a mini cruise to Spinalonga island, an ex lepra colony. Spinalonga became even more famous because of the book " The island". If you decide to visit the island, we suggest you  to come here early in the morning or late in the afternoon because of the high temperate during the day.

Please find more activitiies in east Crete here or maybe throughout Crete.

Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Mid-Size Hotels Beach/Seaside :
Rooms: 145 Marvelous view :
Pool: Yes Family :
Dining: Yes Nice atmosphere :
Children: Yes Young Couples :
Closed: Novenber - March Family hospitality :

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