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Guests of Kalypso are sure to be impressed by the variety of nature and the energy of the environment.

Beautiful sandy beaches stretch beneath tall rocks overseeing the amazing undersea world. Right next to the beaches stand olive groves and palm trees, fields with colourful plants and herbs beneath high mountains with panoramic views and gorges with natural springs.

Nature almost demands that we take the trecking trails or go cycling and horse riding in country roads, to climb up rocks or to dive in the crystal clear waters.

The Cretan village Kalypso is proud of its high-standard facilities and offers guests the following activities:

Staying in Kalypso - Trecking

There are a large number of beautiful beaches around Kalypso, but these are not the only attractions. Near Plakias, you can drive through Kotsifos gorge, a unique natural area.

Moreover, on the east, you can drive through the majestic Kourtaliotis gorge. The river, which is formed by the waters of Kourtaliotis known as Megalos Potamos (Big River), flows through the gorge among numerous palm trees, emerging at the beach. This is one of the most striking places of natural beauty in the Mediterranean.

There are some very interesting Byzantine churches in the beautiful surrounding villages, many of which have developed tourist facilities. The most important religious monument in the area is the Monastery of Preveli, which is certainly worth a visit.

The pleasant warm climate, especially on May, June, September and October and the wonderful colours of 950 kinds of flowers, herbs and other plants found in Cretan nature, surrounded by the blue sky and the sea, make this little paradise the ideal place to hike or ride a bicycle.

Here are two of the best itineraries for hiking.

Kourtaliotiko Gorge – Preveli

An amazing trecking experience from Kourtaliotiko Gorge to Preveli beach. We will enjoy the wonderful view of the gorge and the mountains, where vulture nests can be found.

We start trecking in the morning in the middle of Kourtaliotiko Gorge. First we go down 260 stone steps towards the church of Agios Nikolaos. We can see the waterfalls of Kourtaliotiko gorge from the church. Then we follow the path from the waterfalls along the river at the bottom of the gorge. On the way we see remains from old hippy houses. We arrive in front of an old oil mill. We continue walking through the fields to reach the Venetian bridge.

After a short break for a snack near the bridge and perhaps a quick bathe in the little lake, we walk along the right side of the river towards the hills forming the gorge. There are wonderful views from the delta of Megalopotamos.

The gorge ends near the sea, forming a small lake surrounded by palm trees. Here is Preveli beach, one of the finest and more romantic beaches in Crete, where we can spend 2-3 hours for sunbathing, swimming, food. From Preveli beach we return to Plakias by boat.

Around Kalypso

The tour around Kalypso includes some of the most beautiful beaches on the island - Damnoni, Ammoudi and some even smaller.

We walk through an olive grove (5.5 km paved and country road) to get to the picturesque village Asomatos. We visit a museum of traditional tools and a pottery workshop.

From there we walk among the trees and along running waters with open rural views to the sea. We pass through the little village of Mariou and arrive at Mythos, a traditional village (5 km paved and country road) where we have a break to enjoy the impressive views of the area.

We walk a fine trail (2 km) all the way to the bottom of the gorge where we find running waters, ancient watermills and woody vegetation.

At the coastal village of Plakias you can buy anything you need and after a short break you can swim at the sea and have lunch. A coastal road (4 km paved road and a stunning trail) leads back to Kalypso.

Download our Trecking Information leaflet

Staying in Kalypso - Bike Tour

There are a large number of beautiful beaches around Kalypso, but these are not the only attractions. Near Plakias, you can drive through Kotsifos gorge, a unique natural area.

Moreover, on the east, you can drive through the majestic Kourtaliotis gorge. The river, which is formed by the waters of Kourtaliotis known as Megalos Potamos (Big River), flows through the gorge among numerous palm trees, emerging at the beach. This is one of the most striking places of natural beauty in the Mediterranean.

There are some very interesting Byzantine churches in the beautiful surrounding villages, many of which have developed tourist facilities. The most important religious monument in the area is the Monastery of Preveli, which is certainly worth a visit.

The pleasant warm climate, especially on May, June, September and October and the wonderful colours of 950 kinds of flowers, herbs and other plants found in Cretan nature, surrounded by the blue sky and the sea, make this little paradise the ideal place to hike or ride a bicycle.

Here are two of the best itineraries for biking.

Laggos and Gialia

Starting from Kalypso beach, through olive groves and the traditional village Myrthios, we arrive at Kanevos (480 m.) through Kotsifos Gorge. Here we have the chance to drink a cup of tea with local herbs.

We continue by bike for about 14 km through the valley of Agios Vassilios between the villages Agios Ioannis and Aggouseliana (the centre of agricultural activities in the area).

On the way to the historical village Koxare we pass through fields with very old olive trees, small oak woods, farms and vineyards. We have a 10-minute stop at Dimitri’s old kafeneio for a raki or a coffee. We have the chance to meet the locals, find out more about their history and take pictures.

Another 5 km smooth descent by bike to reach the impressive Kourtalioti gorge, where we can leave our bikes and get prepared for a walk to the springs at the bottom.

We will hear some interesting information and stories about the wild bird which is an integral part of this ecosystem (the golden eagle) from a man who has specialised in bird-watching for many years.

The descent to the springs through bushes of oregano and thyme is an unforgettable experience. On the arrival at the springs most people in the natural jacuzzi.

This refreshing experience will give us the energy to get back on our bikes and continue for at least 1.5 km in order to get out of the gorge. On the way back we stop at the village Asomatos.

We park our bikes and walk through the narrow streets of this village before we visit Father Michali’s folk museum in a beautiful oasis of greenery, where some of the most important objects and documents of Greek cultural heritage are collected through the years. We will have the chance to meet a young local ceramist, who owns a very old traditional pottery workshop. You can also buy pure biological olive oil from a local producer.

We continue our bike tour through the village Lefkogia and back to Kalypso following a paved road between olive groves along the beach.

Around Kalypso

The area around Kalypso is a real treasure of nature, including some of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, like Damnoni, Ammoudi, Souda, Plakias and some other smaller ones, not forgetting the high mountains with their breathtaking views or the and pleasant climate.

We leave Kalypso and take the coastal road (4 km) by bike. We walk along the gorgeous beaches of Damnoni and Ammoudi (4 km) and through an olive grove. We continue our walk through the villages Lefkogia and Gianniou, until we reach the historical Monastery of Preveli (7 km).

After a short break we walk across a paved road between olive groves and arrive at the Megalo Potami. We have a coffee or refreshment next to the Byzantine bridge (4 km) and we following the paved road (4 km) we arrive at the picturesque village of Asomatos, where we can visit a museum with traditional tools and a pottery workshop.

Leaving Asomatos, we continue through woods and along natural springs admiring the spectacular view to the sea. We walk along the village street of Mariou till we reach the traditional village Myrthios (5 km paved and country road) where we spend some time with a refreshment and the views of the mountains and the sea.

We continue walking through the stunning Kotsifos gorge, on the way to the traditional village of Sellia (5 km) where we can visit folk art workshops (pottery and jewellery), the local Cultural Museum and the wonderful church of Panagia.

We walk across the asphalt (4.5 km) towards a gorgeous beach with self-seeding palm trees. This is Souda, where we can swim and have lunch. Then back to the hotel by a route (8 km) which passes through the centre of Plakias. We can get around this small town on foot and buy anything we need.

Download our Bicycle Information leaflet

Rock Climbling

Vertical rocks around KALYPSO are suitable for both experienced climbers and beginners.

There are rock climbing rings to help anchor yourself and climb the rope.

Climbing sites:

  • Paligremnos
  • Agii Saranta

Fishing

Along the coast path 700 meters from Kalypso fishermen can enjoy angling to the beach or fishing line on a moving boat (capacity: 3-4 people).

The undersea world is impressive, the energy of the place intense and the landscape captivating.

Horse Riding

  • For Beginners: 30 minute class on the track.
  • For Intermediate riders: guided horseback riding tour in small groups in an olive grove near the beach, for about 90 mins.
  • For experienced: guided horseback riding tour to the beach and the olive grove for about 2 hours.

Note: equestrian helmets are available

Important: stable shoes are needed

Donkey riding

For short excursions, alone or in a group, you can go donkey riding (on the traditional Cretan saddle called samari), through an olive grove.

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