The beach of Mochlos is found approximately 38 km from Agios Nikolaos and 35 from Sitia just off the main road near the village of Agios Andreas. It is a traditional fishing village by the sea, on the side of a small cove and with a very small rocky beach. While in the area, you will also want to visit the rugged island of Agios Nikolaos that is visible from the village, right opposite the beach, and is a mere 150 m away. While swimming is one option for confident swimmers, it is also possible to hire a small boat to take you across. More information can be given by the locals so feel free to ask at the nearby taverna. The island has brought to light findings from a Minoan settlement, and it is not inhabited. You don’t have to pay to access the archaeological site, but you should be careful nevertheless while walking around the ruins and the ancient fortifications that can easily give way. On the island, you will also find the church of Saint Nicholas. The signs of the past are visible on the island, however, most of the archaeological finds – precious golden jewellery from the tombs – are currently on display at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
The beach of Mochlos is small, and not organized, with areas of sand and pebbles, as well as deep and clear blue waters. Around the area, you will find various rocky coves that you can explore at your leisure. Due to the rocky sea-floor, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, snorkelling and diving. The village has accommodation options if you choose to base yourself in the area, but you will also find all other necessities, in nearby shops, including a mini-market and a bakery. The tavernas are well known for their freshly caught and cooked fish that you can enjoy while watching the waves and the sunset over the small island. Going east, other popular swimming options are the beaches of Agios Andreas, Black Seli and Varkotopi. Nature lovers will also be able to explore the gorges of Richtis and Mesona.