Archaeological Site Mochlos Islet (Psillos)

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Archaeological Site Mochlos Islet (Psillos)

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Sarah M
55 contributions
beautiful beach
Aug 2019
This had a harrowing drive down to it (as does much of Crete) but was totally worth it. A tiny beach town with a beautiful sandy beach at its core. My wife swam to the Island and was able to see the two thousand year old artefacts left by the Minoans. I had a pulled muscle in my shoulder or I would have joined her...instead I just bobbed around in the warm sea and enjoyed the sun. A relaxing day in a beautiful area!
Written August 28, 2019
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jaspaxroams
Dubai, United Arab Emirates63 contributions
Knossos Palace without the crowds.
Jul 2019
Okay, well maybe it's not that extravagant or important in the Minoan society, but these ruins are incredible. Covering most of the southern side of Mochlos Island, they are worth a wander around. Archaeologists are still working this site, although slowly. And there are almost no other people there - even in summer!

For the adventurous you can swim the 300m to 400m across from the village. Be wary of the slippery rocks getting out on the island. The advantage to this method of access is that you can experience the intoxicating Mediterranean (or more accurately the Sea of Crete) with crystal clear waters and sea life along the way. The disadvantage to this is it is only for strong swimmers as the seas can be rough with a strong current in summer and your camera needs to be waterproof (or waterproofed) if you want to document your experience.

Alternatively when it is not so windy and rough there is a small boat that will take you across from the centre of the village waterfront area. The charge for this was 5 euro per person. Well worth it for the novelty factor. And when you want to come back, you ring the bell at the church and the boat will come and get you. So cool.

If you bother to go to Mochlos, then you should go the extra 400m and visit the island. Well worth it.
Written July 29, 2019
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G C
Rome, Italy11 contributions
Amazing Minoan Site
Aug 2018
Incredible place reachable by swimming. You cannot be in Mochlos without visiting one of the most relevant Minoan site in Crete! You can freely walk around the site and loose yourself in history. Don’t forget to reach the top of the hill!
Written August 19, 2018
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pippa903
Lausanne, Switzerland52 contributions
Swim over if the current allows
Aug 2018 • Couples
Only a couple of hundred metres away from Mochlos, you can swim to the island if the waves, the current and other conditions allow. The island has Minoan remains they're still exploring and excavating. You need shoes – both for getting in and out of the sea and for the island itself. Otherwise, on fine days, you can take the little boat across.
Written August 12, 2018
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TheBr1ttons
Oxfordshire, UK51 contributions
Lunch and swim
Jul 2018 • Family
The clearest sea to swim in, gorgeous lunch in the taverna and a minoan settlement to explore. This was the perfect day out.
Written July 26, 2018
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brett m
22 contributions
Unique archaeological site
May 2018 • Business
If you enjoy exploring archaeological sites in beautiful off the beaten path locations then the site on Mochlos Islet is a must see. The island can be reached by boat ( 5€ round trip) or if you are a moderate to good swimmer you can swim from the village of Mochlos to the island. Having said this however, if there is wind or choppy sea the boat will not run and swimming is to say the least, a challenge and not recommended. If you have good weather go to the taverna Ta Kochilia ( a great Taverna in which to eat and enjoy the sea) and go to the end of the concrete pier. The boat will be docked there and ask to be taken out to the island. Once there the site is easy to see and there is no fee to walk around it. There is an informational placard there with useful information about the site. The island was inhabited from pre Minoan times through the Hellenistic period and is quite impressive. Large Ashlar blocks that were quarried just across the bay are still in place and the main road through the site is well preserved. There is a small church on the island and when you are ready to return just ring the bell and the boat will return. Take water with you as the island is almost treeless and in the summer months the island is quite hot. There is no WC. If archaeology is an interest Mochlos Islet is well worth the trip
Written June 4, 2018
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JohnWully
Daventry, UK234 contributions
Archaeology All Around
Oct 2017 • Couples
If your in Mochlos it’s the essential thing to do. Give yourself the sense of what it would have been like to wander in a village 3500 years ago. (Hint: not vey different than
Mochlos today, I suspect). A great place to play “Time Team” - with lots of pieces of pot laying on the surface. Don’t disturb anything though! Take water and a hat: no shade and no water on the island. 5€ per person return by boat: ring the bell on the church to call the ferry back. Only a small boat so does not run if it’s rough.
Written October 7, 2017
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CretionAddicts
Suffolk229 contributions
Worth the swim over to the little island,
Aug 2017 • Friends
Super location for a day trip or overnight stay if visiting around Crete, hidden gem, fantastic views exceptional bars and restaurants, swimming, diving and lots more, this is not a huge village. Very traditional and to get to the site you can eithe swim ( not far honest) or boat, well worth the trip.
Written August 10, 2017
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Douglaspaul65
Kavousi ,Crete12 contributions
Great Swim to a cool site
May 2017 • Family
While in Mochlos don't forget to swim over to the small island, or take the Mochlos​ Tours boat, to visit the Minoan settlement. It is still being excavated so don't disturb anything, but it is a lovely site with a great view back to the village, and the water was is fantasti.
Written May 23, 2017
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Angela R
25 contributions
Thousands of years of Greek history, just a swim away
Jun 2016 • Business
You can swim here from the shore or hire a boat to take you. Today the site represents the accumulation of different occupational phases--Minoans, Mycenaeans, Byzantine. The site is still being studied by a team of Greeks and Americans, and one should always strive to be a responsible archaeological tourist. Take lots of pictures, but strive to leave as small a footprint as possible. Because of its complexity, try to do a little reading before going so that you can make the most of it. There is no shade on the island, so bring a hat!
Written December 7, 2016
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