Mochlos the Site

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The ancient settlement of Mochlos is located on an island 250 meters from the town of Mochlos. Good swimmers can reach the island in about five or ten minutes. Ask for advice on swimming across and do not try to swim around the island without a partner. If a small motorboat is attached to the dock, marked “Mochlos Boat Tours”, you may ask the owner to take you over and back for a fee. If you do not see the owner, go to the Kochilia tavern and ask them to call Tzanetos.


The island is uninhabited and there is no fee to walk around. Once there, visitors will see a very small deserted church and plenty of ruins to enjoy. There are a few signs around the island to indicate the function of various areas. Visitors can acquaint themselves with various elements of the Mochlos settlement by visiting other pages of this website.


Aside from the most prominent and visible parts of the island ruins, one can scamper to the top and find the remains of a Hellenistic fortress. Also one can climb to the west and up to see an impressive number of Prepalatial tombs. The boat can also take you to see some caves on the west side of the island. Do not jump off the top of the island; there are some very sharp rocks below.


The Mochlos island used to be connected to the mainland by a land bridge which has since washed away. It is still visible from aerial photographs. Part of the settlement lies under the modern town and is not excavated. On the town side of the strait is a Mycenaean cemetery where many impressive tomb objects were found.