Stalis’ central position in Crete and the good infrastructure of the island easily allow you to visit the wider region. Use Stalis as a base and discover the island of Crete with its attractive towns, charming villages and breathtaking scenery.
The pretty mountain village Mohos, on the way to the upland plateau of Lassithi, has preserved its traditional character and takes you back in time, with picturesque alleys and flower-filled courtyards, where locals are sitting outside their doorstep in the loom of the evening, chit-chatting about everyday things, with lovely whitewashed churches with Byzantine icons and wall paintings. Relax and enjoy Cretan hospitality on the shady village square for a typical Greek coffee or a hearty, home-made Cretan dish. Weekends you may even witness a typical Cretan wedding or a traditional (organized) Cretan night.
The idyllic mountain village Krassi is the easternmost village of the prefecture of Iraklio. Perched on the northern slopes of Mt. Selena, it breathes a feeling of serenity with a giant plane tree – proudly presented as the oldest one in Crete – and with a well that has water running directly from the springs of Mt. Selena; there’s nothing like its cool shade on hot summer days! The inviting taverns serve delicious, authentic Cretan cooking with pure ingredients and in the tiny coffeehouse, you are served home-distilled rakí.
A modern 18-hole championship golf course that covers a surface area of 6,400 yards. With each hole individually sculptured and seamlessly blended into the surrounding scenery, the course provides extensive practice facilities, including a covered driving range with 38 positions for players. Each hole has a selection of four tee beds, thus providing a challenge for all golfers, regardless their level of play. An excellent desert-style course with stunning views and a terrace opening overlooking its three lakes and the green course, with a spacious restaurant and golf equipment shop. Clubs, trolleys and buggies are for rent.
Visit the remains of a unique palace that are evidence of the glorious Minoan civilization that flourished here 4,000 years ago and that turned Malia into an important trade and mercantile centre with substantial political and economic power. Set on a flat plain, with a small cove at its mouth and with Mt. Selena rising behind it, it is easy to envisage this seaside palace in its days of glory.
Let the attractive landscape of Lassithi and the tranquility of rural Crete charm you: here life still follows a slower rhythm; orchards, crop fields, a deep cave, vast mountains and the occasional white-sailed windmill, all this gives you the feeling of driving away from the bustle of the tourist resorts. Beautiful panoramic views of the Bay of Malia alternate with olive and vine groves along the uphill drive and stunning, scenic views of the plateau.
The attractive, bustling capital of Crete and the Minoan site of Knossos – allegedly home to legendary king Minos – are well worth a visit. Heraklion is Crete’s biggest city and the island’s main gateway. In the historic city quarter traces of the past go hand in hand with a modern, cosmopolitan way of life: Modern shopping precincts with boutiques, mainstream shops, alluring cafeterias and taverns, alternate with beautiful historical buildings, sight-seeing attractions and museums.