Ecotourism Hotel in Crete

Are you looking for a destination for rest and relaxation moments in nature?

Book NOW at the traditional Mourtzanaki Ecotourism hotel in the village of Achlada, ONLY 20 minutes from Heraklion.

An ideal winter and summer destination, right into the Cretan nature. All our houses have a fireplace, in some of them there is a fireplace also in the bedroom, beside the one in the living room of your lodge.

We offer amazing discounts for families too.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our fabulous Eco residence!

  • Welcome to ACHLADA - MOURTZANAKIS Residence

    Four Independent eco tourism Villas in Achlada traditional village CRETE

    Ecotourism Holidays on Crete Greece

    Ecotourism hotel villas on Crete Greece
  • Enjoy amazing views and sunsets!

    sunset on Crete Greece
  • Ecotourism Activities on Crete Greece

Welcome to MOURTZANAKIS Eco Residence on CRETE GREECE

An Ecotourism Hotel in Achlada rural village, island of Crete

Four independent Ecotourism Villas & Three Cottage Apartments

in the traditional Cretan rural village of Achlada, 5km from Agia Pelagia holiday resort on Crete

Ecotourism holidays in Greece

Ecotourism Holidays in Heraklion Crete Greece

Crete ecotourism holidays: eco-friendly cottages villas

Eco Friendly Hotel in Achlada near Agia Pelagia (Heraklion)

Ecotourism Activities, Tours & Experiences on Crete

Lodge in the amazing nature of Crete

"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side…"

HOMER, The Odyssey

Our Eco hotel is a sociable Eco-retreat of 4 independent villas and 3 cottages with a communal dining room and a swimming pool (one for adults and one for children), set in the mountains near Achlada rural, traditional Cretan village - dating back to the medieval era, but only 10 minutes from the beach of Agia Pelagia area (popular seaside holiday resort area on the island of Crete Greece).

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 of the Mediterranean Sea.

Logo Mourtzanakis ecotourism hotel on Crete

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Our EcoHotel Villas & Cottages (apartments) on CRETE GREECE

Ecotourism holidays on the island of Crete: Mourtzanakis Residence is an eco hotel  in Achlada traditional rural village

Eco Hotel Accommodation Types

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

villas for rent at the Eco friendly Hotel Mourtzanakis resort - Achlada Crete Greece

Confort Superior Villas

from € 130
Ground Floor (Open Space): Terrace, Living Room and Fireplace, Satellite Television, A/C, Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom

1st Floor (Open Space): Bedroom & Bureau (with Internet) + Balcony
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Our Villas - eco tourism accommodation on Crete Greece

Superior Villas

from € 120
Ground Floor (Open Space): Terrace, Living Room and Fireplace, Satellite Television, A/C, Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom

1st Floor (Open Space): Bedroom & Bureau (with Internet) + Balcony
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Eco hotel in Crete Greece: Studios and Apartments with double bed fireplace, TV, WiFi

Confortable Cottages

from € 90
Ground Floor (Open Space): Terrace, Living Room and Fireplace, Satellite Television, A/C, Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom

1st Floor (Open Space): Bedroom & Bureau (with Internet) + Balcony
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BOOK NOW, RISK FREE - feel free to book your accommodation now with no risk, you  can cancel your booking with us for whatever reason FREE OF CHARGE. We have a FULL REFUND CANCELLATION POLICY, 100% MONEY REFUND (* for cancellations made up to 15 days before arrival)

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Covid 19 safety measures in our Eco Hotel

our hotel safety measures for covid-19 and policy

Eco Hotel - Services Offered

services offered at our ecotourism hotel
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cretan cooking classes
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Sailing tours at the island of Crete
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scuba diving at Crete
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hiking tours at the mountains of Crete
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Horse riding on Crete
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TV5 Monde at Mourtzanakis Residence: agrotourism on the island of Crete in Greece

TV5 Monde report

- the documentary was filmed at our property Mourtzanakis Ecotourism Hotel and aimed to touch the world of ecotourism on Crete and how our family, with our vision, implements and provides the specific services / activities in our agrotourism hotel.

TV5 Monde has commissioned Ocean TV to create documentaries about ecotourism in 13 destinations worldwide - one of them was about agrotourism / ecotourism on the island of Crete in Greece in coordination with our Eco Hotel, Mourtzanakis Residence.

What our customers say about our Eco hotel

Our customers' testimonials

Tripadvisor reviews on Ecotourism Greece

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excellent Tripadvisor reviews on Ecotourism Greece - MOURTZANAKIS ECOTOURISM HOTEL was awarded the Guest Review Awards in 2017 - MOURTZANAKIS ECOTOURISM HOTEL was awarded the Guest Review Awards in 2016
  • Kretaurlaub für Menschen die das Besondere suchen!

    Die Mourtzanakis Residence ist der ideale Ort für alle, die Ruhe und tolle Gastgeber suchen. Die Villas sind sehr geräumig und gut ausgestattet. Der Duft nach frischen Kräutern, die wunderbare Luft und das sanfte Läuten der Schafsglocken verleiht diesem Ort eine meditative Ausstrahlung, die unvergleichlich ist. Der Blick von den Bergen in Richtung Meer, sowie die schönen Sonnenunter- und Sonnenaufgänge tun ihr übriges um sich hier ausgiebig zu erholen. Zentral gelegen bietet der Standort hervorragende Möglichkeiten die gesamte Insel zu erkunden. Und hat man mal keine Lust ins Auto zu steigen, ist ein Tag am Hotel eigenen Pool eine sehr erholsame Alternative. Marcos und Smaro (die Besitzer) sind ganz wunderbare Menschen, von denen man in ausgiebigen Gesprächen viel über die Insel und deren Geschichte erfahren kann. Oder man redet über Gott und die Welt, genießt dies in freundschaftlicher Atmosphäre, vielleicht auch bei einem Glas Raki.

    Unser Tipp: Hinfahren!!!

    dirkmeister wrote on Jun 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
  • Excellant séjour

    La résidence est idéalement située à 10 minutes de la mer, au calme au milieu des oliviers et centrale par rapport au reste de l'île. Vue magnifique depuis les deux terrasses de la maison. Ne manquez surtout pas les couchers de soleil à couper le souffle.Le cadre est très reposant avec sa piscine et ses transats. La maison est grande, propre et bien agencée. Les services hôteliers sont très appréciés (changement de drap, nettoyage et vidage des poubelles).

    Marcos et Smaro sont très accueillant et parle très bien français. Merci pour leur disponibilité et leurs précieux conseils!

    Pour ce qui veulent, la voiture est indispensable pour découvrir la région. Bien choisir la compagnie de location de voiture!!

    Ariane S wrote on Aug 2016
    Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
  • Again, again, again and again amazing...

    "It is strange when you check my Tripadvisor, I am always reviewing only Mourtzanakis Residence. During these 5 years we visit with my wife and 6 years old son some places in the Europe, we met nice people and owners of small hotels, restaurants or apartments, but there was always something.... For us became Achlada our summer house, we find there everything what we need for great vacation, nice and clean house, quiet neighborhood, delicious dinners served on the terrace with stunning views and great owners which will try always help you with your requirements. When we came back home, many people asked me about crisis on Greece, Crete etc., they are influenced by the media, but from my point of view I must say that I found Greek people the same as always, living and enjoying their lives. So, our next will be Crete again."

    PIaNL123 wrote a review Aug 2016
    Den Bosch, The Netherlands
  • Hard to describe, you have to experience it !!!!!

    We have been coming to Achlada since 2013, almost every year, visiting our friends Marcos and Valerianos. This place is so nice to stay, calm olive garden around, breathtaking sun sets every evening and beautiful sea views from each villa and terraces. The villa is clean and well designed, also pool is clean and refreshing. You can order tradition Cretan dinner for very good price, all done from local ingredients and really delicious. From this place you can travel to lots of other great beaches every day, just short drive away. Very close to Heraklion to visit museums, to do shopping and visit good restaurants too. This year is first year of Ellie and George taking care of apartments and they are doing they job really well with big enthusiasm, we were very happy to met them and drink wine together. It is really our love place, with great spirit, for sure we come next years again.

    JanNassir wrote a review Aug 1
    Prague, Czech Republic
  • Best place we have ever been to

    Coming to Crete at least once a year we have stayed in many places during all the years. This one was by far the best we have ever been to. We had a wonderful time there! Its location is perfect… high on a Mountain with the view of the sea on the one side and Heraklion on the other. Watching the sunset In the evening feels like being in paradise. The apartments are very clean and equipped with everything you need! Travelling with children, the pool is the best thing to entertain them..You should definitely not miss the fantastic food served there! We were warmly welcomed by Elli and Giorgos who are the most friendly, open-minded and helpful hosts we have ever met!!! We are looking forward so much to swing them again next year

    Daniela S wrote a review on Jul 2021
  • Perfect family vacay!!

    Scenery is breathtaking! Wonderful relaxation. Perfect for families wanting some time out of hectic schedules. Simple & spacious accommodation. Great base for travelling around Crete.  Lots of beautiful beaches to visit. Tips: - Bring hairdryer/iron if dependent on it. - You will need a car to get out and about. - If you arrive at night like we did, phone Costas (phone number on sign).

    Thank you to Costas for all your help & hospitality! I would highly recommend these villas & we would love to return!

    Fanny Cunningham


Nearby beaches

  • Agia Pelagia beach

    Agia pelagia is a mostly sandy beach and a bustling seashore & village where you can have a marvelous swim at its tropical green waters, while admiring the natural Mediterranean beauty of the greater region. A cocktail would probably come out handy!

    Lygaria beach

    Lygaria beach is a quiet, but vivid coast, mostly rocky. It is a very convenient place to swim and have a lunch, drink some wine and Cretan raki with your desert and gaze at the natural beauty of the beach and the hills surrounding it

    Psaromoura beach

    Psaromoura is a bay next to Agia pelagia. Once again, the green waters & surroundings are idyllic. It has a small bar by the beach, where you can order some snacks or drinks and enjoy the vibes

  • Fodele beach

    Fodele is an idylic and large sandy beach. When in place, you no longer know if you’re in Crete or the north African shores. Its a wonderful coastline that seems mysterious, but feels like the authentic Crete

    Fylakes cove

    Fylakes beach (prasina nera) is something else! The most convenient way to reach it, is via a pedalo. It’s absolutely worth it. This small sandy cove reminds more of a Caribbean one. The water is perfectly green. The palm trees and pines next to it, makes it paradise on earth

    Tripiti beach

    Tripiti beach (rocky & sandy beach) is the most inaccessible of all beaches in the area of Agia Pelagia. To reach Tripiti beach, you must hike a bit. When swimming there you get an utter sense of freshness and relief. And a sense of freedom

How to find us:

We are a small Eco-friendly, family friendly, apart hotel offering since 2008 ecotourism holidays on Crete (an eco resort for amazing agrotourism holidays in 4 cottages and villas) located right at the center of Crete, in the village of Achlada, near the airport and ferry port and the capital city of Crete, Heraklion, at a distance of just 23 km from Heraklion Airport, 18 km from the Ferry Port, 6 km from the sandy beach of Agia Pelagia, 4 km from the nearest coach – stop on the E75 roadway, and 18km from the center of Heraklion, 45 km from a Golf Course, 59 km from the Old Town of Rethymnon, 7 km from tennis courts, 160 km from Samaria Gorge, 30km from Knossos Palace the center of the ancient Minoan civilisation.

We offer a romantic eco retreat for nature lovers, Crete lovers, in a small luxurious eco hotel at the ideal location - our aim is to provide all the means for a great ecotourism vacation on Crete, we are sure you will appreciate and be fully satisfied by your holiday by us!

How to arrive at our Eco Hotel on Crete

Our Ecotourism Hotel Location address

Eco Hotel Mourtzanakis

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Achlada village, GR-71500
(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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Our Ecotourism Lodge is a member of and follows the green policies for alternative tourism, according to the Greek and International sets of rules for offering Eco friendly Rural Tourism holidays / Alternative Tourism / Sustainable Tourism

Our Eco Lodge is a member of Ecotourism Greece

green policies for Eco friendly alternative tourism

Agrotourism Union of Crete Greece

member of AGROXENIA NET - Ecotourism Union of Crete

Agrotourism Union of Crete

member of Agrotourism Union of CRETE

Ecotourism is catering for tourists wishing to experience the natural environment without damaging it or disturbing its habitats. It is a form of tourism involving responsible travel to natural areas, conserving the environment, and improving the well-being of the local people (SOURCE: Ecotourism - Wikipedia)

Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015)

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