If you’re looking for a relaxed family holiday or a romantic break for two in 2017, then Koutouloufari is the perfect destination. This stunning, idyllic town is home to around 600 inhabitants and is located on the north coast of Crete. With its winding narrow streets and old restored houses, this small tranquil village is the ideal environment to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Set on the hillside at an altitude of 100m, Koutouloufari boasts wonderful views of the Mediterranean sea and is less than a mile away from the cosmopolitan town of Hersonissos. Here you can find a busy nightlife and gorgeous golden beaches that have some of the best water sports on the island while still enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of picturesque Koutouloufari.
There are plenty of ways to spend your time in this beautiful town with its inner courtyards layered with vines and old stone archways entwined with flowers. Book your 2017 holiday to see for yourself!
Top hotels in Koutouloufari
Petra Village Studios & Apartments
Casa Bianca Boutique Checkin Hotel
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 5m
When to go
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Knossos, named as Europes oldest city, is just 37 minutes away from Koutouloufari. Here you can visit the historical palace and archeological site which was once residence to the mythological King Minos. Explore these impressive ruins which date back to around 6000 B.C. This attraction is ideal for anyone interested in ancient history.
Labyrinth Park is an exciting and adventurous place to go if you have young children. Here they are taken on an interactive journey which teaches them all about the history of Crete and its mythological creatures. The puzzle-solving ‘Escape Atlantis’ gives players just 50 minutes to escape before you are lost in the ruins forever. Ride an electric quad bike or have a go in the brand new laser maze which will be open to guests in May 2017.
Wine and Dine
With a vast array of restaurants to choose from, you won’t find yourself short of food or drink in Koutouloufari. Take a break from the heat of the day and drop into one of the dozens of taste-bud tingling eateries to satisfy your cravings. Feast your eyes upon menus that boast the finest Greek cuisine from traditional mezze platters to fresh seafood and mouth-watering mixed fruit desserts. The promenade is home to numerous cafes and bars serving everything from paninis to pizzas, they’re the perfect pit stop after spending a lazy day down at the beach. Don’t forget to visit Vinnie’s Garden in Hersonissos, a beautiful rustic bar serving delicious cocktails on the stunning roof garden until the early hours. Wine tasting excursions are also on offer for those who have a taste for the good stuff!
When you’re not spending time lounging around the hotel pool soaking up the rays or exploring the ancient village of Koutouloufari you might want to take a trip into Hernossias. The promenade invites you to step inside one of its many little shops bars and cafes. Have a wander around the quintessential fishing harbour to watch the fishermen bring in fresh seafood or shop for a special gift at the many little trendy boutique shops for souvenirs. Pick up a bargain in the shape of fresh herbs, spices, honey and leather goods.
For a great family day out, visit Labyrinth Park which is simply bursting with activities from archery to mini golf and even horseriding. Aquaworld Aquarium is an educational exhibition which is home to slimy serpents and weird but wonderful marine life. Get ready to handle some seriously scaly sealife! Acqua Plus is the biggest and most popular water park in Crete and welcomes children and adults of all ages. Plunge into darkness as you take a ride inside a Black Hole! Or do you dare to brave it on the kamikaze. For young children and adults, there are smaller slides and even a lazy river.
Action and Adventure
The busiest tourist area in Crete stretches all the way from Heroklion to Agios Nikolaos. Koutouloufari holidays are ideal for families and couples who enjoy visiting attractions but like to retire from the hustle and bustle at the end of a busy day. Take a step back in time by visiting the Lychnostatis open air museum, a fascinating tourist attraction which focuses on the history and architecture of Crete. Explore the bee’s and wax workshop or maybe you want to check out the distillery for Raki, a traditional Grecian alcoholic beverage. Fall in love with the numerous ancient ruins and old stone buildings. There are many different excursions to take advantage of, many including lunch or dinner so you can spend the whole day exploring, hiking and learning all about the beautiful Cretan culture. The Spinaloga minibus tour will take you on a trip around Crete to see the Bottomless Lake in Agios Nikolaos followed by a tour of an operating olive oil factory taste with the chance to taste a selection of delicious locally grown olives. The VIP Jeep Safari takes you on a night tour up to the Dikti Mountains which you can climb and watch the sun set over beautiful Crete.
Life's a Beach
The closest beach lies less than a mile down the hill in Hersonissos and here you will find beaches within a beach! One of the most popular is Star Beach which is located near a water park, perfect for families holidaying with children.
There are plenty of water activities to divulge in including paragliding, bungee jumping and jet skiing. You can even take a trip on a banana boat or shoot into the sea off a giant slide. Hersonissos has plenty of lively beach bars to stop off for a cold drink or a bite to eat in between paddling in the warm turquoise waters.
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit quieter, you can always travel to Anissaris to the west or Stalis to the east of Hersonissos. While these long stretches of gorgeous golden sand may be quieter, they are a great spot to lie back on a lounger and read a book.
The village of Koutouloufari is quite relaxed in terms of nightlife. Couples can dine in candlelight whilst enjoying the breathtaking views of Crete followed by a trip to the Dionysos Café. This family friendly bar serves a variety of delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. A real gem for pre or post dinner cocktails! It is the perfect setting up on the hills to sit back and watch the sun set while sipping on a frozen prosecco cocktail.
For a livelier night, head on down to Hersonissos, the party capital of Crete. Here you will find a haven of pubs, clubs and bars which will have you partying late into the night with your hands in the air. The resident DJ’s are here all night playing everything from rock, house, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music. Visit the New York Beach Club, one of the most popular clubs in Crete for a night of dancing to the latest anthems. You can also come back in the morning for a delicious English breakfast to blow away the cobwebs.
This harmonious village is simply the best for a romantic holiday in 2017. Take your time strolling through the calming, white washed streets of Koutouloufari hand in hand before stopping off for some fabulous Greek mezze and a chilled bottle of greek wine. Explore the many beaches and dip your toes in the lukewarm waters of the crystalline Mediterranean. Once the sun sets, you can dine under the starry night sky whilst overlooking the magical lights of Hersonissos.
Become quite the connoisseur by spending the day wine tasting whilst being taken on a tour of Crete. Other excursions include a jeep safari exploring the south of Crete and adventuring into the Aposelemis Gorge to see some stunning birds of prey including vultures.
A stunning village surrounded by pretty olive groves, colourful courtyards and old stone architecture, holidays in Koutouloufari are certainly a memorable experience. Join the Cretans dressed in traditional greek costume as you dance with them into the night as they entertain local tourists. The town of Heraklion is just a bus ride away and here you can discover complete collections of ancient artifacts and the finest Minoan art at the Heraklion Archeological Musuem. Spend the day in Milatos exploring the eerie mysterious caves, but don’t forget to bring a torch. The history and heritage of this region is a must-see for those who enjoy exploring and discovering the hidden gems of the world.