Our area – Istron – Kalo Chorio
Istro(n) is located 12km east of Agios Nikolaos and 22km north of Ierapetra, very close to Kalo Chorio. It is a quiet village, situated in a lush valley full of springs and olive groves, which has been developed during the last decades. However, the development was fortunately mild, mainly due to the regional building restrictions because of the archaeological discoveries. The main growth driver of Istron is undoubtedly the emerald beaches which are scattered in three adjacent bays.
Istro is built on the site of the archaic city Istres.
Ruins of a Minoan town with unknown name still survive in Vrokastro hill south of Kalo Chorio.
During the Venetian years the valley was barren, at that time planted with olive trees and built several mills, ruins of which still exist. Today, residents of Kalo Chorio often organize cultural events and the Folklore Museum chronicles the past.
The most popular bay of Istron is located 500m east of the village. Here is one of the most beautiful beaches of Greece, which is featured in many card postal’s about Crete. Voulisma or Golden Beach is a beautiful beach with white sand and amazing turquoise waters. The beach is well organized. When it is wavy you can move to the smaller beaches in the west part of the bay, which is very well protected from winds and less organized.