The two of us work pretty bonkers city jobs and we realised that we both had a chance for a week off with a weeks notice. The only aim was to chill out for a few days and we plumped for Coriva beach which in the end fitted us really well. We grabbed a rental from Heraklion and just drove down, it took a few hours but is a nice drive.
The accomodation is clean and comfortable, but I would say basic/not fancy. The food was very simple stuff but left me feeling pretty healthy. Breakfast was continental buffet style, evening we went off the menu which meant fish/greek salads/lamb chops. On the whole the hotel was very comfortable and the staff are really friendly.
We really used it as a base and drove out every day to to something (historic, beach, town, mountain etc..). For nights out (there is not much local life) the bus into Ierapetra was a few Eur and very good and a taxi back was super easy (~25Eur?).
I liked that we could have breakfast (basic but decent continental buffet) and then run down for a swim in the sea before the days outing and then similarly, jump out of the car in the evening, get a swim & a beer as the sun went down. Some people might not like the pebbly beach but it didn't make a lot of difference to me. Nice sandy ones are a short drive away (Green beach, go East :) ).
When we went, the place seemed to be very full of ageing Germans. They were a pretty friendly bunch, seemed to drink a lot of raki and grin and wave a lot. They were all asleep by 11.30.
I would go back, it was a relaxing, very easy holiday. Personally, I would not do it without a car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coriva Beach is the ideal Hotel for those who like natural beauty and enjoy facilities . It is situated in Ierapetra , the most southern town of Europe on one of the longest beaches of Crete which received the 2nd place at the gold Europe quality coast Award for the year 2012. This premises , which combine the warm atmosphere with the Cretan hospitality can offer the most relaxing and ideal holidays . Your accommodation in the comfortable rooms that combine the traditional with the modern style and which are equipped with all the facilities , the beautiful gardens and the , so called , Long Beach can offer to the visitor the hospitality that only a Cretan family knows to offer . For those who wish a healthy diet our cuisine offers not only fine Cretan dishes cooked in the Mediterranean way . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coriva Beach Hotel Crete/Koutsounari