Welcome to East Crete and Agios Nikolaos!

Your cycling base!

 

Explore the unique Cretan landscape and the beautiful Lasithi countryside. Start your ride by the seaside, and continue all the way up to mountain Dikti (2,148m altitude, with roads extending up to 1,200m). Admire the beautiful seashores facing the Aegean Sea in the north and the Libyan Sea in the south. Enjoy the stunning variety of Cretan inland: olive tree and vineyard covered hills, combined with rocky mountains. Ride in roads surrounded by pines, cypresses, carob and lentisk trees among others. Discover the local wildflower and herb diversity, including sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and Cretan dittany. Find hidden fertile plains, and highland plateaus. Gaze at the view of spectacular gorges, such as the Ha gorge. Visit the birthplace of Zeus, the King of Gods: the famous Dikteon Andron, or Psychro Cave at the Lasithi Plateau. Feel echoes from the long Cretan history: plan a visit to the Minoan palaces of Lato, and Gournia, or the post-Minoan archaeological site of Dreros, or visit the Venetian Spinalonga island. Try unforgettable local dishes…

 

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Our Cycling Services

Bikes

 

WILIER TRIESTINA Montegrappa with SHIMANO Tiagra 10s

 

Available with flat pedals (or bring your own)

Available Sizes: S – M – L

Repairs

 

 If your bike needs a hand, we will gladly provide it!

Trip Planning

 

Choose a ride from our favorites. Get our road maps! We provide you with detailed route maps including altitude profile, directions, and suggestions as to where to stop for refuel, or which are the places of interest along the way.

Laundry

 

Keep it clean. A washing machine for your clothes is available in the hotel.

Our Favorite Rides

Elounda Bay

Mirabello

Minoan Settlements

Ha Gorge

Lasithi Plateau

Tour

Panorama

Of Two Seas

A bit of

everything

Mirabello

GRAN FONDO

Follow the coastal road, then ride uphill on sometimes steep, but short ramps. Stop at the top of the hill on your way to Elounda, to enjoy the spectacular view of the bay with the islands, enclosed by the mountains. Descent carefully to Elounda and ride by the seaside to Plaka facing Spinalonga island and the castle. A low-traffic uphill road on the north side of the gulf takes you to the unique area of Pano Mirabello, a wild, hilly landscape, scattered with stonebuilt villages, old stone fences and paths, sheep and olive trees, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Reach the shepherds village of Kourounes, or pass by the Areti Monastery, then follow the downhill road to Neapoli and Mirabello valley, and return to Agios Nikolaos by the low-traffic old road.

 

Distance: 67 km | Elevation: 1395 m

This easy ride is characterized by numerous mild ascents and descents along a beautiful coastline. Take the low-traffic coastal road to Kalo Horio village, continue further to the Minoan settlements of Gournia, and have a coffee by the sea-side village of Pahia Ammos. Visit the traditional village Vassiliki (also a minoan settlement), admire the striking view of Ha gorge from the olive tree covered valley, go further to Kavoussi village and Tholos beach and return to Pahia Ammos and back to Agios Nikolaos.

 

Distance: 47 km | Elevation: 615 m

Take the low-traffic old road towards Lasithi Plateau. Passing by numerous small villages built on the slopes of Selena mountain on the way up, try to soak the dense mountain environment. Arriving at the beautiful Lasithi plateau (840 m), you could easily do a circular ride (20 km) through the villages, and take a coffee brake at one of the numerous kafenìa. Descent from the north side of the plateau, facing the Aegean Sea, to the sea-side town of Malia and the Minoan Palace ruins nearby. A stop for a sweet and refreshing “soumàda”, made from almond-milk, is irresistible in Neapoli. Refuel with some real food at Nikithianos or Limnes villages. From there spin relaxed down to Agios Nikolaos, a bit tired but so content.

 

Distance: 95 km | Elevation: 2690 m

The scenic low-traffic coastal road to Kalo Horio is the start of this magnificent ride. When you get there, take a right turn away from the sea and ascent a beautiful road, immersed in the unspoiled cretan landscape. Pass by several traditional villages, Prina, Kalamafka, Anatoli, and finally Males. Enjoy the view of the Mirabello Gulf to the north, the Libyan Sea to the south, Thripti mountains to the east, and near Males the peaks of Dikti mountain. From Males, return by the same road to Prina, then take the road to Kroustas village, passing through a pine forest, and small vineyard plains. From Kroustas ride downhill, passing through the traditional village of Kritsa and the ancient Lato, on your way to Lakonia plain and villages, just 5 km from Agios Nikolaos.

 

Distance: 83 km | Elevation: 2900 m

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Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:30 am

 

We start from the Lake of Agios Nikolaos and we head to Kalo Chorio by the old road. We cycle on a delightful road by the sea of the Mirabello Bay. We take advantage of these first 10 km as a warm-up for what is to come.

Arriving in the village of Istron (from the river Istrona) in Kalo Horio, turn right to Prina. Here begins the first extended 3rd class hill with smooth and steady slope (8km, 342m, 4.2%) overlooking to our right the plain of Kalo Chorio. The pine trees on our way remind us that before the great fire of 1994, the largest pine forest of Crete began from here to the Lybian sea, of which only parts are preserved today, mainly around Selakano and Symi. Trying not to get tired in the first sustained climb of the day, we arrive at Prina. There is a fresh water spring in the village, beside a unique church. We refuel and take the road to Kroustas, another third class climb about 10km, crossing a very beautiful section of the route, as we are now high and overlooking. Initially, we pass through the pine forest and later on towards Kroustas the landscape changes to vineyards, almond and olive groves. The uphills here are short, but more inclined. In this part of the route we will pass from the only dirt track of the route (about 800m, slightly downhill) crossing the impressive cliffs of “Dermatas”. In order to enjoy the view it is advisable to stop. Arriving at Kroustas, we stop for refueling and we head down to Kritsa village.

 

ATTENTION, at the exit of Kritsa, do not go towards Agios Nikolaos, but left to Ancient Lato. After Lato we will go down very cautiously, due to the narrow road and some ugly points on the road to the plain of Lakonia. We pass by the villages of Panagia and Karterides and we follow the direction to Lasithi Plateau at the junction. We cross the village of Agios Konstantinos, and in Drassi we turn right to Vrysses, from where we descend to Neapolis. In Neapoli (a historic town in the plain of Mirabello and home of "DRIROS" cycling club), they "end the sufferings" for those who choose to do the Medio Fondo, and who can make a great stop before heading back loosely towards Agios Nikolaos, crossing the plain of Mirabello.

 

Those who continue for the Gran Fondo will climb after Neapolis to Kourounes (3rd class, 8km, 350m, 4.4%). We arrive at the area of Pano Mirabello (upper Mirabello), a special area, untouched, dry, hard and straightforward, both in the landscape and in its people: stone fences everywhere, stone-built settlements with small houses, dug-up tanks for collecting rainwater, old small churches, overlooking the northern coastline of Crete. The area here is exposed to the wind. Enjoying this unique landscape, we reach (89 km) the point with panoramic view to the bay of Elounda, with the impressive fortressed island of Spinalonga, the village of Plaka below us and the mountain of Thrypi to the east. We rest on the downhill and the only flat part of Gran Fondo between Plaka and Elounda, preparing for the last 4th category uphill to Pines / Fourni (8,6km, 370m, 4,3%). We reach the plain and pass through the villages of Fourni and Kasteli. Then we only have a downhill route to Agios Nikolaos. We pass through the villages of Nikithiano and Limnes, crossing the plain of Mirabello, and following the old handbuild road, we reach Agios Nikolaos.

 

Distance: 126 km | Elevation: 2500 m

The Local Experience

Low-Traffic Road Network

 

In eastern Crete you will find a very low-traffic road network, covering all the countryside. Just avoid the main highway, and you will stay out of traffic. Ride quietly in nature and enjoy undisturbed the unique landscape.

Eat & Drink

 

Discover the friendly small coffee-shops “kafenìa”, in many small villages. Take a break and refresh with water, soft drinks, or “greek coffee”. Refuel with a simple, yet full meal: omelet, meat on the grill, fried potatoes, herb salad, cheese, or some other local delicious specialty. Kafenìa also serve raki and wine.

Local Products

 

Various species of fruits, nuts, and vegetables of excellent quality and super tasty, are produced in every season in Crete. Local fish is available in restaurants, as well as excellent quality of lamb and goat meat. Try the local small farmers production of yogurt and cheese. Snails are considered a local deli. Try them either with rosemary, “boubouristì”, or cooked with tomato and “hòndros”, broken wheat grains. Superior quality raisins, thyme honey and even olive oil can be found in convenient packages to take back home.

Eastern Crete Mild Mediterranean Climate

 

Weather is mostly dry all-year round. A perfect place for cycling: not so-cold during winter, and not so-hot during summer, with exceptionally low humidity. In summer, a cooling north wind the so called “meltèmi”, prevents extremely high temperatures. In winter, starting mid-December, although good weather is not guaranteed, temperatures up to 20 C are quite common even during the coldest months. Excellent climate conditions for cycling exist particularly during September till December, and March till June (temperature range: 17-25 C).

CLIMATE DATA 2016

ΜΗΤΕ:1040Κ011Α0075000

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Elounda Bay – Mirabello

 

Follow the coastal road, then ride uphill on sometimes steep, but short ramps. Stop at the top of the hill on your way to Elounda, to enjoy the spectacular view of the bay with the islands, enclosed by the mountains. Descent carefully to Elounda and ride by the seaside to Plaka facing Spinalonga island and the castle. A low-traffic uphill road on the north side of the gulf takes you to the unique area of Pano Mirabello, a wild, hilly landscape, scattered with stonebuilt villages, old stone fences and paths, sheep and olive trees, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Reach the shepherds village of Kourounes, or pass by the Areti Monastery, then follow the downhill road to Neapoli and Mirabello valley, and return to Agios Nikolaos by the low-traffic old road.

 

Distance: 67 km | Elevation: 1395 m

Minoan Settlements - Ha Gorge

 

This easy ride is characterized by numerous mild ascents and descents along a beautiful coastline. Take the low-traffic coastal road to Kalo Horio village, continue further to the Minoan settlements of Gournia, and have a coffee by the sea-side village of Pahia Ammos. Visit the traditional village Vassiliki (also a minoan settlement), admire the striking view of Ha gorge from the olive tree covered valley, go further to Kavoussi village and Tholos beach and return to Pahia Ammos and back to Agios Nikolaos.

 

Distance: 47 km | Elevation: 615 m

Lasithi Plateau Tour

 

Take the low-traffic old road towards Lasithi Plateau. Passing by numerous small villages built on the slopes of Selena mountain on the way up, try to soak the dense mountain environment. Arriving at the beautiful Lasithi plateau (840 m), you could easily do a circular ride (20 km) through the villages, and take a coffee brake at one of the numerous kafenìa. Descent from the north side of the plateau, facing the Aegean Sea, to the sea-side town of Malia and the Minoan Palace ruins nearby. A stop for a sweet and refreshing “soumàda”, made from almond-milk, is irresistible in Neapoli. Refuel with some real food at Nikithianos or Limnes villages. From there spin relaxed down to Agios Nikolaos, a bit tired but so content.

 

Distance: 95 km | Elevation: 2690 m

Panorama Of Two Seas

 

The scenic low-traffic coastal road to Kalo Horio is the start of this magnificent ride. When you get there, take a right turn away from the sea and ascent a beautiful road, immersed in the unspoiled cretan landscape. Pass by several traditional villages, Prina, Kalamafka, Anatoli, and finally Males. Enjoy the view of the Mirabello Gulf to the north, the Libyan Sea to the south, Thripti mountains to the east, and near Males the peaks of Dikti mountain. From Males, return by the same road to Prina, then take the road to Kroustas village, passing through a pine forest, and small vineyard plains. From Kroustas ride downhill, passing through the traditional village of Kritsa and the ancient Lato, on your way to Lakonia plain and villages, just 5 km from Agios Nikolaos.

 

Distance: 83 km | Elevation: 2900 m

More info:

www.mirabellogf.gr

Mirabello GRAN FONDO

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 9:30 am

 

We start from the Lake of Agios Nikolaos and we head to Kalo Chorio by the old road. We cycle on a delightful road by the sea of the Mirabello Bay. We take advantage of these first 10 km as a warm-up for what is to come.

Arriving in the village of Istron (from the river Istrona) in Kalo Horio, turn right to Prina. Here begins the first extended 3rd class hill with smooth and steady slope (8km, 342m, 4.2%) overlooking to our right the plain of Kalo Chorio. The pine trees on our way remind us that before the great fire of 1994, the largest pine forest of Crete began from here to the Lybian sea, of which only parts are preserved today, mainly around Selakano and Symi. Trying not to get tired in the first sustained climb of the day, we arrive at Prina. There is a fresh water spring in the village, beside a unique church. We refuel and take the road to Kroustas, another third class climb about 10km, crossing a very beautiful section of the route, as we are now high and overlooking. Initially, we pass through the pine forest and later on towards Kroustas the landscape changes to vineyards, almond and olive groves. The uphills here are short, but more inclined. In this part of the route we will pass from the only dirt track of the route (about 800m, slightly downhill) crossing the impressive cliffs of “Dermatas”. In order to enjoy the view it is advisable to stop. Arriving at Kroustas, we stop for refueling and we head down to Kritsa village.

 

ATTENTION, at the exit of Kritsa, do not go towards Agios Nikolaos, but left to Ancient Lato. After Lato we will go down very cautiously, due to the narrow road and some ugly points on the road to the plain of Lakonia. We pass by the villages of Panagia and Karterides and we follow the direction to Lasithi Plateau at the junction. We cross the village of Agios Konstantinos, and in Drassi we turn right to Vrysses, from where we descend to Neapolis. In Neapoli (a historic town in the plain of Mirabello and home of "DRIROS" cycling club), they "end the sufferings" for those who choose to do the Medio Fondo, and who can make a great stop before heading back loosely towards Agios Nikolaos, crossing the plain of Mirabello.

 

Those who continue for the Gran Fondo will climb after Neapolis to Kourounes (3rd class, 8km, 350m, 4.4%). We arrive at the area of Pano Mirabello (upper Mirabello), a special area, untouched, dry, hard and straightforward, both in the landscape and in its people: stone fences everywhere, stone-built settlements with small houses, dug-up tanks for collecting rainwater, old small churches, overlooking the northern coastline of Crete. The area here is exposed to the wind. Enjoying this unique landscape, we reach (89 km) the point with panoramic view to the bay of Elounda, with the impressive fortressed island of Spinalonga, the village of Plaka below us and the mountain of Thrypi to the east. We rest on the downhill and the only flat part of Gran Fondo between Plaka and Elounda, preparing for the last 4th category uphill to Pines / Fourni (8,6km, 370m, 4,3%). We reach the plain and pass through the villages of Fourni and Kasteli. Then we only have a downhill route to Agios Nikolaos. We pass through the villages of Nikithiano and Limnes, crossing the plain of Mirabello, and following the old handbuild road, we reach Agios Nikolaos.

 

Distance: 126 km | Elevation: 2500 m