Vai and Itanos
Located at the Northeast of the Crete lies the famous sandy beach of Vai and its palm grove that is incidentally unique to Europe. During the summers the beach may be crowded and parking may not be free. For a quieter location, consider the beach of Itanos, which is wilder and more uncultivated. It is accessible by car or by foot along the sea to the west of Vai.
Located 53 km from Mochlos and between Sitia and Vai, Moni Toplou (Modern Greek: Μονή Τοπλού) is a fifteenth-century monastery. The monastery was originally called Panagia Akrotiriani (Virgin Mary of the Cape), named after the nearby Sidero cape. Its current name literally means "with the cannonball” in a mixture of Greek and Turkish, referring to theTurkish cannon and cannonballs used for defensive purposes.
This gorge includes a beautiful path through a "Mediterranean jungle" where water flows in abundance throughout the year. The Richtis Gorge is located below the village of Exo Mouliana and only a few miles from Mochlos. The easiest way to access it is to come from Mochlos (towards Sitia), past the village of Exo Mouliana. After 300-400 meters there is a plaque on the left indicating the gorge. The starting point is the stone-arched bridge of Lachanas, while one destination is arguably its waterfall of 15 meters which flows all year. The walk is roughly 4.5 kilometers with 350 meters of ascent to reach the pebble beach of Richtis.
Gournia Archaeological Site
Named by modern local villagers because of its stone basins (“gournes” in Greek), Gournia is the most characteristic example of an excavated medium-sized settlement, dated to the period of the peak of the Minoan culture (Late Minoan I period: 1550-1450 BC). It is called "Pompeii of Minoan Crete" because of the good state of preservation. It occupies a low hill, close to the sea, at the Isthmus of Hierapetra. The first inhabitants settled here in the Early Minoan III period (2300 BC). In c1600 BC, a palace complex was erected but was destroyed along with the surrounding town in 1450 BC, at the same time with all the other palatial centers of Crete.
Azoria Archaeological Site
Azoria is an archaeological site on a double-peaked hill overlooking the Gulf of Mirabello in eastern Crete. Located about one kilometer southeast of the modern village of Kavousi and three kilometers from the sea, the site occupies a topographically strategic position (365 meters above sea level) between the north Isthmus of Ierapetra and the Sitia Mountains. The Azoria Project excavations have recovered evidence of an Archaic Greek city, established c600 BC, following a long period of continuous occupation throughout the Early Iron Age or Greek Dark Age (1200-700 BC) and Early Archaic (700-600 BC) (or Orientalizing) periods. The city was destroyed by fire early in the 5th century BC, to be subsequently reoccupied on a limited scale in c200 BC, probably a single tower constructed on the peak of the south acropolis.
If you come to Mochlos, it is worth visiting the nearby villages Sfaka, Lastros, Tourloti and Myrsini. The villages retain their traditional style and are home to some very old chapels. Moreover, on a hill south of Mochlos, one can visit the picturesque chapel of Holy Spirit (Agio Pneuma in Greek) which has panoramic views to Mirabello Gulf. Lastly, near the village of Myrsini one can find the Venetian Tower of Kornaros with the chapel of St. Anthony.