About Us - Mourtzanakis Ecotourism Residence - CRETE GREECE

We are open All Year Round - Eco holidays on Crete on any season
Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter

About Us

Our Eco hotel has been present for over 12 years

Just 7km from Crete’s north coast, this welcoming Eco retreat still feels wonderfully remote, surrounded as it is by rugged rocky slopes and overlooking a 500-year-old olive grove. Set just outside the tiny rural village of Achlada, near Agia Pelagia, Crete, Greece
Family Mourtzanakis, Hotel Owner


4 spacious & comfortable independent Villas and 3 Cottages (Studio/Apartments) centre on a communal living-and-dining space, plus a stone patio with 2 small swimming pools, and the sea provides a glorious blue backdrop to it all

3 COTTAGES (Apartments)

3 Cottage apartments centre on a communal living-and-dining space, plus a stone patio with 2 small pools, and the sea provides a glorious blue backdrop
The Mourtzanakis Residence Ecotourism hotel enjoys panoramic views over the medieval village of Achlada and to the sea beyond, and the famous Cretan Mountains which have protected the island from Saracen times onwards. A fabulous, golden sunset adds a romantic touch to the scenery
Our Eco hotel is a sociable Eco-retreat of 4 independent villas and 3 Cottage apartments with a communal dining room and a swimming pool, set in the mountains near Achlada rural, traditional village - dating back to the medieval era, but only 10 minutes from the beach of Agia Pelagia area. The main appeal of Mourtzanakis Residence is its rustic setting. As you reconnect with the beauty and tranquility of nature, it is easy to detox from urban stress. And you don’t need to worry about being too isolated - Agia Pelagia beach is a 10-minute drive away, while Crete’s capital Heraklion lies 18km up the coast, making Achlada a good base for visiting attractions on Crete and an infinity of ecotourism activities offered on this great island.

• Welcoming multi-cultural atmosphere where people form lasting friendships - many guests are return visitors
• Lies in the center of Crete, an ideal base for excursions and trips to all Crete. Offers total peace and relaxation. There are lots of ecotourism activities available, in the nearby area as well as the whole island of Crete.
• The surrounding unspoiled countryside is ideal for hiking, and the panoramic views are fantastic
• The easygoing ambiance makes it ideal for families: Villas sleeps 2-6 and Studio Apartments sleep 2-4, plus one of the swimming pools is just for kids
• Very flexible: you can choose between self-catering or a half-board stay

Authorised by GNTO

(Hellenic National Tourism Organisation)

Hotel License Number:
MH.T.E. 1039K10000026500

Mourtzanakis Eco friendly agrotourism hotel - external view and the landscape

Crete ecotourism holidays: eco-friendly cottages villas

From a History... to a Family... from a Residence... to YOU !


From a History:

Crete is considered as the cradle of the Western Civilization. The term “Minoan” was coined by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans after the mythic King Minos, whose palace was the renowned Knossos.

The palace is about 130 meters on a side and since the Roman period has been suggested as the source of the myth of the Labyrinth, an elaborated mazelike structure constructed for King Minos of Crete and designed by the legendary artificer Daedalus to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus.

During the medieval times, Crete was acquired by the Venetians from the Marquess of Montferrat.  During Venetian rule, Crete enjoyed a spectacular cultural renaissance, as a stream of refugees arrived from the east, especially after the fall of Constantinople in 1453 A.D.

Candia – as the island and its capital were known to the Venetians – became the centre of the Byzantine and Italian Renaissance, and the vast majority of works of art and architecture now associated with the Venetian era originated there.  The great painter, Dhamaskinos, who studied alongside El Greco, (Domenicos Theotokopoulos) at the school of Ayia Ekatirini in Iraklion (Heraklion) and other highly respected individuals, such as Marcos Mousouros and Vitsentzos Kornaros, were also children of Crete.

It was during this period that some inhabitants chose to build a village in a unique location that overlooks the remarkable view, situated in an area with an extraordinary climate.  The village is called Achlada.  Achlada is mentioned in several archives in the medieval ages between the years 1577 to 1583.  During Venetian rule, Achlada was a feudal estate of the brothers Giorgio and Francisco Modinos.

This beautiful village is located near the village of Agia Pelagia, where the area is rich in vegetation, with amazing landscapes and featuring four different beaches.  Today, Achlada is an ideal place for visitors to leave urban stress behind and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of nature and the ecotourism outdoor activities available in the area.

Greek fire, first used by the Byzantine Navy during the Byzantine-Arab Wars.

to a Family:

The Mourtzanakis family history in Crete dates back to 961 A.D, after Saracens rule, and the family was granted privileges reserved for the nobility.  Over the centuries the family has migrated to Asia Minor, Egypt, Lebanon, Belgium and France.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the Mourtzanakis Eco Hotel Residence where you will experience the traditional hospitality of Crete in a spectacular setting of peace, tranquillity, and truly breathtaking scenery.

Let nature, history and beautiful weather transport you from the stress and strain of urban living, while enjoying all the comforts and amenities of modern life in our Ecotourism Residence set amidst medieval surroundings.


from a Residence:

 The Mourtzanakis Residence enjoys panoramic views over the medieval village of Achlada and to the sea beyond, the famous Cretan Mountains which have protected the island from Saracen times onwards.  A fabulous, golden sunset adds a romantic touch to the scenery.


to You:

 The Mourtzanakis Ecotourism Residence offers you:

  • Cosy & comfortable Residence in its traditional luxury four villas, comfortable maisonettes and apartments
  • 10 minute drive to 4 stunning beaches
  • 20 minute drive from the centre of Iraklion (Heraklion), capital of Crete. We are located 25km from the the airport of Heraklion and the ferry port.
  • A nature lovers paradise
  • The Main Reception Building where you can read in the Library, meet with other guests in the Lounge, or relax and enjoy the views from the Terrace of our Eco Tourism Resort
  • Interesting lectures on the history of Crete
  • Spoken languages: English, French and Greek

Eco Hotel - Services Offered

services offered at our ecotourism hotel
YOGA, Shiatsu & TAI CHI

Eco Hotel Mourtzanakis Family Resort is looking forward to welcome you on CRETE Greece!

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Eco Hotel Mourtzanakis

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TEL: +30.6970.029525 - Mr Markos Mourtzanakis

Achlada village
(Agia Pelagia Crete)


GPS Coordinates
Longitude: 35.392659
Latitdue: 24.995032

We are open all year round

Mon - Fri: 8:00 - 24:00
Sat - Sun: 10:00 - 19:00
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