The village of Mochlos
The heart of the village where all life is concentrating is its quiet bay.
Mochlos is one of the few villages on Crete where you can eat on the seafront without being disturbed by motor traffic. Actually, there is a little road running along the sea but - to the delight of tourists and natives - the inn-keepers use it as extensions to their terraces. It persists as a pedestrian passage way between the tables. Long as it lasts!
During off-season, the village counts a good hundred inhabitants. 10% of the population are foreigners. This shows that travellers like Mochlos enormously. Be prepared of falling in love with the village, of having to return there every year as it has happened to many before!
Mochlos provides for anything necessary to spend a pleasant stay, without being obliged to drive a long way:
Situated in the centre is Anne's and Yannis' mini-market. There you can find all primary products, as well as fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. The baker Dimitris Betinis delivers fresh bread every day about midday. During the tourist season the grocery store is open every day from morning to late evening (no business hours specified). Should you not find your luck there, outside the village (+ 1km), on the road to Sfaka, before Club Paladien, there is another, smaller grocery shop owned by Manolis.
In the centre you also find two gift shops. One is located on the seafront between the tavernas 'Sofia' and 'Kavouria'. The shop is run by Spiros' family who also holds the taverna 'Kavouria', mainly by Fotini (Spiros' sister) and occasionally by Yannis (their father). The second shop is on the mainroad and is run by Cécile, a Frenchwoman living on Crete for several years.
Should you wish to leave Mochlos and do not have a vehicle, you can contact one of the two taxi-drivers: Nikos at +30/69 76 63 07 29 or Kostas at +30/69 72 81 86 36.
To visit the Minoan site on the island without swimming over, you can contact Tzanetos' Mochlos Boat Tours. He will take you there for some €. If his boat is on the jetty, Tzanetos is not far away. If you do not see it, ask the owners of taverns where you can find it or call Tzanetos at +30/69 77 83 78 03. It is also possible to reach the island by swimming. The distance is about 250m, but the crossing is reserved for good swimmers. Despite a calm-looking sea, you may encounter rather strong currents which can carry you into open sea.
All inn-keepers speak English well, some even German or French. Do not hesitate to ask them for information. They will be happy to help. The legendary Cretan hospitality, here in Mochlos, is not an empty word!
The only small sandy beach of Mochlos is situated below the taverns. If you are not bothered by pebbles or rocks, you will find other beaches and coves at the East of the village, towards Sfaka. West of the village lies the small fishing-port of 'Limenaria' and two more small pebbly beaches. On the hills above the port is where we decided to create our little paradise.