The Mistral Hotel holidays for single people provides exclusive unstructured holidays for the discerning solo traveller. Your holiday will be hosted by the Mistral Team who between them, have a wealth of knowledge of the island, its culture, history and amenities.
We are pleased to be able to offer a good range of events and excursions for your holiday but there is no pressure to join in any activities - it's entirely up to you! We also have a "Plan B" for rainy days!
Time off in Crete with Linda Talbot
The wind stirs the leaves of a tree. There are rustles, whispers, unnerving moments, suggesting the voices of past spirits, current presentiments.
In Tree Spirits, my new mixed media workshop at the Mistral Hotel, let your imagination roam among the branches.
Enjoy a unique experience on your holiday and learn about the underwater world of the Chania area with Oceanis Diving Centre. pend a day learning and having fun then, experience the Mediterranean from above and below the water by making your first steps into Scuba Diving.
You will be introduced to the underwater world along the Rodopos Peninsular, Kolymbari by experienced Oceanis leaders, and come close
to various marine life and rocky surroundings.
Falasarna/Sfinari Fish Lunch
This very special, exclusive trip every Thursday is what the Mistral Hotel is famous for!
First, we visit the beautiful sandy beach of Falasarna on the west coast with its stunning turquoise, clear waters. Here, we have a few hours to swim, sunbathe, enjoy a refreshing drink and maybe visit a nearby Hellenistic archaeological site.
Then, we drive south to the idyllic, beachside village of Sfinari where the Baladakis family will serve a lunch of fresh fish, Kakavia (fish soup), organically produced vegetables and plenty of village style wine known as Marouvas.
The Baladakis family will encourage you to watch the food being prepared in the kitchen. Everything (except the beer) is produced locally - the vegetables from the gardens, seaweed from the rocky shores, fish caught by the son Nikos, tomatoes and cucumbers from the family's greenhouses, salt gathered from the rocks, goats cheese, olives and olive oil.
The lunch and the goodbye are always long but our guests agree this is their favourite day!
Paddle Board Yoga
If you're looking for a new challenge, yoga on a stand up paddleboard will reinvigorate you and help you become calm & healthy. Paddle Board Yoga aims to introduce you to a unique yoga experience while enjoying the natural splendor of floating on water. Paddle Board Yoga is a variation of stand up paddle surfing, combined with yoga, which originated in Rishikesh, India. The sport combines hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga asanas, or poses, with surfing.
Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon
A wonderful and relaxing boat trip (around 1 hour) to the uninhabited tiny pirate island of Gramvousa. Be shipwrecked for the day, swim, snorkel or explore the ruins of the Venetian Fortress perched high on a plateau and marvel at the breathtaking scenery or simply soak up the sunshine.
The boat then takes you to the paradise of Balos Bay with its warm shallow waters and stunning pink sand. The beautiful Balos Lagoon is where Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent their honeymoon on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
This is a chance to visit one of the most stunning lagoons you will ever see! Travel to the South West of the island through some of Crete's most green and fertile countryside to one of the best beaches in Europe where the sand is tinted pink from the millions of crushed shells and the water is a clear turquoise blue.
The warm waters are so shallow that you can walk out to Elafonissi (The Deer) Island. On the way, stop at the Monastery of Panagia Chrisoskalitissa (our Lady of the Golden Step).
Yacht sailing around Chania
Discover secluded bays and snorkel in turquoise waters from the luxury of a 37ft Dromor sailing yacht.
This all day exclusive trip starts from the picturesque Chania Harbour on the "Notos" which then sails east stopping at Maherida Bay for swimming and snorkelling. After catching the prevailing winds, it's on to the island of Agios Thodorou where the captain will prepare lunch. Last stop is the tiny island of Lazaretta where you can swim to the coral sandy beach.
Walk the longest and most stunning gorge in Europe which starts from the Omalos Plateau at a height of over 1,200 meters. An opportunity to experience the beautiful flora, fauna, scents and awesome sights of the 600m sheer cliff sides. Towards the end of the Gorge, traverse the "Iron Gates" where the cliffs narrow to just 2 meters wide. At the end of this 17km walk, you reach the village of Agia Roumeli and can reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the Libyan Sea.
Not for the fainthearted! You must be determined and have a good level of fitness to complete this six hour walk.
Have the myths and legends surrounding this world famous archaeological site brought to life. See the story behind Sir Arthur Evans excavations at the beginning of the 20th Century and wonder over the 4,000 year old Minoan artifacts that he discovered.
From here, onto the Archaeological Museum in the island's capital of Heraklion. On the return journey, you will stop at an olive press to see how olive oil is made from the harvests.
Wine Tasting Lunch and Cookery Class
Wine is culture - it contains more than just alcohol. Firstly, the heart and soul of its maker as well as the special character of the land, climate and the traditions that the grape variety carries through time.
In the last twenty years, the world of Greek wine has undergone dramatic changes. Hundreds of new wines and new estates are producing world class quality wines.
Join Vassilis to share in his passion for Cretan food and drink. As well as enjoying a variety of tasty traditional dishes, you will learn why the Cretan diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world.
Sip on the best Cretan and Greek wines which have been carefully selected by Vassilis, soak up the atmosphere and be merry!
Then, join us in the kitchen for a cooking demonstration where you will see, smell and taste the night's dinner. Learn how to make stuffed tomatoes, tzatziki and Cretan small cheese pies to impress your friends at home. Take a complimentary bottle of family olive oil as a memento and think of us every time you drizzle it on your salad!
Chania Harbour Evening Meal
There is no dinner served at the Hotel on a Sunday. So, why not join Vassilis or Adonis for a sumptuous meal at an award winning taverna situated on the historic Venetian Harbour in Chania.
You cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty of your surroundings and the atmosphere that comes alive when the sun goes down.
You will have the chance to enjoy a couple of hours shopping in and around the Harbour before the meal or you may decide to take a sunset cruise (weather permitting).
Discover hundreds of different types of fruit trees, herbs, flowers, medicinal and ornamental plants in this uniquely landscaped Park at the foot of the White Mountains. The Park is a paradise for cold and warm climate plants and covers 200,000m2, just 18km from the city of Chania.
Watercolour Painting Classes
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at watercolour painting but not had the opportunity or courage?
Our local artist, Anne Edwards, is highly qualified in teaching this form of art and has exhibited all over the world. She will guide you through a two hour session covering the basic techniques and giving you inspiration for your own masterpiece!
Mixed Media Workshops
Expand your use of watercolour and explore techniques in charcoal and simple collage with Linda Talbot, a former London art critic who holds annual exhibitions of her work in Chania.
"Fights, Flowers and Gallivanting Gods" is Linda's latest two hour workshop based on Minoan and Greek pottery. It combines charcoal, mottled watercolour wash and collage and includes a visit to the Apostolakis family's ceramic workshop in Maleme to see how a Greek pottery works today and look at designs on his replicas of Minoan ware.
Slip on scuba gear and discover a Crete that is as beautiful below the water as it is above. Fun Dive is a PADI Diving Centre located in Platanias which caters for the beginner and the experienced scuba diver.
The interesting volcanic formations of the seabed, clear waters, mild weather conditions and high temperatures provides an ideal environment for diving in a safe and entertaining way.
The Diving School has courses of several days for the PADI Open Water Diver qualification or you can spend a half day snorkeling around the islets of Agios Theodorou and Lazaretta.
Discover green hills, goat tracks and gallop along sandy beaches on horseback! Zoraida's Horse Riding School is located in the coastal village of Georgioupoulis, around one hour from the Mistral.
There is a choice of beachside, countryside or mountain rides (depending on your ability) for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.
An ideal opportunity to visit this magical island. The volcanic eruption of Santorini has made this famous island unique. You will see lava layers mixed with sand and soil, cliffs with layers of red and black rock on which villages with white washed houses and churches with blue domes are perched.
In 1967, a city buried by a volcanic eruption in 1500BC was found on Santorini. Archaeologists believe this may be the "lost" City of Atlantis.
Visit Akrotiri, the famous Pompeii of the Aegean Sea and the traditional villages of Pygos and Oia. Taste the world famous local wines and relax at the magnificent lava beach of Kamari.
The Mistral occasionally hosts a barbecue and entertaining Greek night with live Greek music and professional dancers.
The tradition of Greek music goes back thousands of years and is part of a national heritage treasured by the Greek people since this gift was entrusted to them by Apollo.
The songs vent a dramatic expression to glorify joys, to wallow in sorrows and above all, to record inspirations, history and Greek legends and folklore.
The lively Pidiktos dance involves lots of jumping and leaping and is indicative of the rugged mountain terrain of Greece. The raising of the legs and leaping in the air are expressions of a dancer leaping over the mountains.
The smoother Syrtos is a flowing, dragging dance and is usually seen in the coastal regions of Greece and, of course, the islands. This dance characterises the more peaceful landscape and lyrical moods of the seashore.
Throughout the season, there are many festivals and cultural events that offer a taste of authentic Crete. Where possible, we will attend some of these events.
- 3rd May: Festival of St Athanasios at Mouri village
- 21st May: (or closest weekend): Commemorations of the 1941 Battle of Crete
- 24th June: Festival of St Ioannis at Fres and Therisso
- June: Cherry festival at Karanou village
- 26th July: Pilgrimage from Kissamos to Gramvousa and Balos
- July: Naval week in Chania Harbour
- 1st-10th August: Agricultural August - exhibition of products at Chania Marina
- 6th August: Metamorphosis of Jesus the Saviour
- 20th August: Honey festival in the village of Afrata
- September: Sardine festival at Souda and Nea Chora
- October: Chestnut festival at Prasses and Elos