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|CRETE - THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND VERSATILE GREEK ISLAND|
Welcome to my homepage about the largest and probably the most beautiful of all Greek islands: Crete. Long and mountainous, it marks the southern boundaries of the Aegean Sea, holding back the contents of the rain-clouds that might have otherwise attempted to venture further north, as well as acting as a giant break-water for the southern Aegean as a whole. Crete is also an island of great strategic importance, and as a result the island is littered with the remains of all the great powers from the region, and it appears to have been the power-base of the earliest of them all, the bronze age Minoan civillization. Roughly you can divide Crete into three parts: the east, the west and the middle. The east is more dry but with many flowers and lots of beautiful nature, the middle underneath Heraklion is like a patchwork blanket with vegetable fields and olive trees, and the west is the most green part with pinetrees and forests. Most of the inhabitants and almost all the bigger cities and villages, with the exception of Ierapetra lay in the north of the island, making the south of the island the most quiet part.
|CRETE: THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY|
Crete has got everything that you could want from a holiday island. The lovers of peace and quiet, and beautiful, quiet beaches find their place in the southeast of the island, where there are also many naturist beaches. There are cozy villages like Mirtos, Kato Zakros and Makrigialos where you find restaurants, shops and nice beaches, or even more quiet spots like the villages of Ferma and Xerokampos where you can also dive into the sea without your bathing suit. The people that love nature, old Byzantine churches with fresco's, beautiful mountains and great walks find a place in the east of the island. For cozyness, the friendliest of people and a bit of life places like Agia Pelagia in the north of the island, not far from the capital Heraklion, are a good choice. From here it is also easy to make daytrips to other parts of Crete. The lovers of disco's, bars, booze and noise can head for the not so authentic concrete villages of Chersonissos or Malia. About places like these last two you will not find much information on my website. Personally I like the more quiet places and the authentic Crete. Most of the hotels, studios and apartments where I would normally stay are not too expensive but attractive, and every now and then I spoil myself with a couple of days pure luxury.
|WHEN IN CRETE: GO AND TOUR THE ISLAND AND DON'T STAY IN ONE PLACE - RENT A CAR!|
When you visit Crete you MUST rent a bike or a car, because if you don't you are missing out on a lot. The island is so beautiful and large that you just have to explore it. Nowadays I rent my car at Auto Travel. They offer full insurance with no own risk, and there is a supplement insurance for tires, wheels and glass (3 per day) that you can take if you want to. The price includes one additional driver. They are quite cheap, offer lots of different cars and respond quickly to e-mails (English, German, Dutch). We were very happy with their quick replies and good service.
The payment can be made:
You will be met at the exit of the airport by someone holding a sign with your name on it and this person will take you to the the parking lot where the car is. In Heraklion they have private parking at the airport, in Chania they work together with Stavros Parking. Here you can leave the car at the end of the holiday. This car park is about 200 meters from the airport and there is a free shuttle bus between the parking and the airport (but you could actually walk if you want, because it is not that far).
After you have booked or inquired you will receive an e-mail with the possibilities and once you have made a booking you receive a booking confirmation with an explanation of how to get the car.
If you want you can also inquire if and what kind of car or bike they would have for you in a certain period, or you can click on the picture to go to their website.
Tel. +30 2897022232, +30 2897022761, +30 2897021885 - Send an e-mail to Auto Travel on Crete.
|RESERVE A TAXI FROM THE AIRPORT TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION|
If you don't feel like renting a car but you also don't want to wait in line for the taxi (if there even is one), than you can reserve a taxi online that will transport you from the airport (Chania or Heraklion) to your destination. Click on the picture of the taxi reservations Greece, have a look what it costs and if you like reserve one. Keep your flight information within reach because they will ask for this.
Taxis in Crete have fixed prices and are relatively cheap compared to taxis in most other countries in Europe. If you fly to Crete it is possible that your flight lands early in the morning and you are tired and not in the mood to go to the bus station to find the one heading for your destination. Think of it as a treat: you go directly to your hotel or apartment, you don't have to wait, you have a seat and you can just look at the landscape. Your holiday starts the moment you set foot on the island.
Some of the accommodations on Crete have made special offers on my website that make it even more attractive to go the Crete. You can check the hotel deals page for details where you can find bargains for some of my absolute favorite accommodations (for instance the Kastania Lodge and Sophia's House). We visit them every year and they are amazing.
I also want to thank all my friends in Greece, like Lilian from Mike's Place in Antiparos, Arianne Geervliet from the Kastania Lodge in Crete, Anna from Ikia Studios in Paros, Anastasia and Mrs Soultana in Milos, Vivi from Kiklos Car Rental in Samos and many, many more. A very special thanks goes to the fabulous Frankie Miles in Almyrida on Crete, who has inspired us with her books about the island and who has always made sure our stay in Crete was unforgettable. Frankie is one of the sweetest people that I know. Besides writing wonderful books Frankie runs the travel agency Villas Crete Holidays that rents out a vast number of beautiful villas and some select beach front apartments. Frankie has set us up for many years and you can see quite a few of her villas on my pages of Crete.
|CHARITIES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT - SARA'S HOPE FOUNDATION|
The Saras Hope Foundation was started by Ged and Julie Hoburn after they tragically lost their 16 year old daughter, Sara, to cancer. Inpired by Saras bravery and positive attitude, the foundation aims to succesfully manage a holiday retreat in Crete offering respite for children and young people with cancer and their families.
| Hotels & apartments
Agia Pelagia - budget
| Agios Pavlos Hotel
Agios Pavlos - budget
| Villa Almyrida View
Almyrida - luxury
| Villa Sophia's House
Almirida - luxury
| Cretan Village
Ammoudara - luxury
| Old Fountain Villas
Galatas - luxury
| Villa Giorgos
Gavalochori - luxury
| Villa Pronolithos
Gavalochori - luxury
| Villa Provarma Hills
large villa in Gerani
| Kastania Lodge
Kisamos - luxury
| Villa Athina
Kokkino Chorio - luxe
| Villa Amalia
M. Chorafia - luxury
| Velanos Villas
Kefali south Crete
| Hotels, apartments
& studios in Mirtos
| Villa Christina in Plaka
inside the village
| Villa Atlantis
Plaka - luxe
| Villa Azure
Kera Beach - luxe
| Keramos Studios
Zaros - budget
|VILLAGES ON THE COAST OF CRETE WITH A GOOD BEACH AND A BIT OF LIFE|
Below are a couple of examples of villages on the coast, where there is a bit of life, but it is not overcrowded. They all have their own identity, they are not ugly concrete villages especially made for the tourist, and they still have a bit of a traditional feeling. They also have plenty of restaurants, some nightlife and all amenities, but not all the noise that you would find in villages such as Malia or Chersonissos. The beaches are shallow and the places are also family orientated. These are just a few suggestions and not all! If you want to really make your mind up than have a look around on my site. There is so much to choose from and it is hard for me to tell you where you should go to, since everybody is different.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Agia Pelagia in Crete|
Agia Pelagia is a cozy little village that has still got that feeling of authentic Greece, even though it is only 22 kilometers away from the capitol Heraklion. It's the perfect spot to have your holidays, away from all the noise and convieniently situated to make trips and excursions to the sights of Crete. It's not far away from the airport, so also a good place to start or end your holiday if you want to travel around the island. Agia Pelagia has a couple of very nice beaches, plenty of tavernes and all amenities. The beaches are shallow and sandy, so they are perfect for families with small children as well. If you like it even more quiet than this than you can try it in the village next to Agia Pelagia, which is called Lygaria Beach. Here there are just a couple of restaurants around a quiet beach. In Lygaria there are also some attractive accommodations.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Agia Pelagia - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Almirida / Almyrida in Crete|
Almirida (sometimes spelled as Almyrida) is a small village on the Apokoronos with 3 shallow beaches (two small ones, one a little bit bigger, but nice, and there are more beaches within walking distance) located in the bay of Souda, about 25 km west of Chania. The village looks out over the sea and the Akrotiri peninsula. It's still sort of quiet, with some waterside taverna's, a few bars and a couple of hotels. Some of the houses are standing in the water of the sea, making it look like a tiny Venice. I thought this village was very relaxed and looks really good in it's pretty bay surrounded by a steep hill on one side. There is plenty of choice for tavernes, super markets, and hotels and apartments (most of them small accommodations) and most of the visitors seem to be English (often with small children, because the beaches are perfect for them). Almirida is located in one of my favorite areas: the Apokoronas. It lies just east of Chania. Here you will find many traditional villages and it is beautifully green. This is also a good place to rent a villa, which are actually quite cheap here (often cheaper than a hotel). Highly recommended!
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Almirida - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Bali in Crete|
Bali is sort of a quiet cluster of small villages, beaches and highrising rocks set off the mainroad between Heraklion (45 km) and Rethimnon (28 km). The village is situated at the head of a little bay, on the site of ancient Astale. Bali is set around three small coves. The first has a very small pebble beach with several tavernas and a luxury hotel. The original (and cosy) village is in the second cove where you will find most of the shops, hotels and taverna's, another beach and a harbour with some modern boats and some kaiks. It's possible to rent a waterbike (wich cover about 30% of the space of the small beach there if no one wants to peddle) and explore the bay. Here you can book a daytrip by boat to Rethimnon, Santorini or the "pirate island" of Gramvousa in the northwest of Crete. The third cove, known as Paradise Beach, is the best for swimming.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Bali - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Georgioupoli or Georgioupolis in Crete|
Georgioupoli lies on the northern coast of Crete, about 35km away from Chania and 20 km from Rethimnon. It is a coastal village with a very large beach. There are several roades leading from the coastal higway to Georgioupoli and one of them is over a 4 kilometers long road leading through some very pretty scenery to the bay of Almiros. You drive through a green landscape with lots of trees and some houses, and there are nice views of the mountains. A part of the drive is graced with large eucalyptis trees on both sides of the road.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Georgoupoli - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Kalives or Kalyves in Crete|
Kalives remains relatively quiet compared to some of the other seaside resorts on the north coast of the island of Crete. The village has all facilities you can ask for in a holiday resort, like good supermarkets and plenty of tavernas to choose from. There is a large village square next to the church where you can have a drink or something to eat in the shade of some very large and old trees. Here you find also the remains of some buildings from the Venetian times. The beaches in the village are quite large and sandy, with some parts where you can rent a parasol and sunbeds. Next to the beach is a large parking area where you will most certainly find a space for your car. The village is lively in a pleasant way. From Kalives it is only a short drive to Chania or to the next door village Almyrida, but there are more exits in the village that will for instance set you down south of the island. In between Kalives and Almyrida lay the pleasantly unspoilt and quiet sand / pebble beaches of Kera where you will find no facilities at all.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Kalives - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Panormos in Crete|
Panormos is a small fishing village and beach resort on the north coast of Crete some 22 kilometers east of Rethimnon. In Roman times Panormos was a port and had the name of Axos. Still little develloped it is slowly becoming a tourist resort of its own in, but it still retains some of its old village character and it is a nice place to wander around for a bit and spend some time on the beach or in one of the many fish tavernes.
Panormos is cosy though with plenty of shops for your daily needs, mini-markets and a bakery. Behind the village are the remains of the the Agia Sophia Basilica which dates from the 6th century. Overlooking the beach and close to the beautiful Panormos church with its wall paintings are the remains of the Milopotamos Castle (from the times of Genova) of which not much is left. In the small and quiet cobbled streets the old houses blend in with the new. There are flowers in pots in front of the houses and because Panormos is set away a little bit from the national road there is no passing traffic and you will not see so many cars in the village. Along the beach and in the streets you have a good choice for tavernas and small cafés.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Panormos - click here.
|VILLAGES ON THE COAST OF CRETE WITH A NEARBY NATURIST BEACH|
A lot of people have asked me where they could go to if they are looking for a village with some amenities in it, yet with a good naturist beach within walking distance. Below I have made a selection of a couple of villages where you can dive into the sea without wearing a bathing suit.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Mirtos in Crete|
Mirtos is a charming and popular small tourist center in the south of Crete, just a little west (14 kilometer) of Ierapetra. It has got narrow steets, one leading into the village, others running steeply down from that street to the promenade and the beach. In the village there is a wide choice for taverna's, restaurants, hotels, small pensions and shops. Most of the taverna's are at the seafront, and most of the hotels in the backstreets. It is a lively place but in a good way, and it is cozy with lots of flowers in pots in front of the houses, and trees that are painted white at the bottom. Mirtos has got a lovely sandbeach with umbrellas and sunbeds. Just outside the village towards Vatos there are more beaches, which are more quiet than the beach of Mirtos itself. At walking distance you can also find the beautiful sandy beaches of Tertsa, where there is also place for naturism.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Mirtos - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Rodakino in Crete|
The village of Rodakino is situated in the south of Crete on the road between Frangokastelo and Plakias. Frangokastelo is 13 kilometers away and Plakias 15 kilometers. There is a bus connection with Rethymnon twice a day. The village is divided into Ano (high) Rodakino and Kato (lower) Rodakino. Both of the villages are quiet and traditional and seem to sleep in their green surroundings. There are a couple of Kafenions here, but not much more. From Kato Rodakino there is a road, about 2 kilometer long, to the beaches of Rodakino that lie in the Bay of Korakas. There are several beaches with names like Sunrise Beach, Polirizio Beach and Korakas Beach. The beaches of Rodakino / Korakas / Koraka are one of the last hidden - undiscovered - treasures in the south of Crete. There are some accommodations offering rooms and there are a couple of tavernas but it remains very quiet.
A further walk of about ten minutes over the headland will bring you to the next beach which are pristine and practically undiscovered. Behind that there are two more beautiful beaches that are usually empty. These beaches are situated behind a low hill at the west side of the accommodations and there are no facilities here. For this reason and because it is more difficult to get to it these are good beaches for nudists.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Rodakino - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Plakias in Crete|
The beautiful and large, stretched out bay of Plakias, that is surrounded by steep hilltops, is an attractive looking village in the south of Crete. The original village with its harbour is on the west side of a very large beach that is sheltered by tamarisk trees. Around the harbour the beach is often pebbly, but if you walk further the beach becomes better and less crowded. Plakias beach has also places that are used as naturist beaches.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Plakias - click here.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Kalamaki in Crete|
The southern Kalamaki Beach has a beautiful 2.5 km long sandy beach where sun beds and umbrellas are for rent. Often sunbeds and umbrellas are free if you order a drink at the tavern where they belong to. In the village are several small shops, mini markets, a bakery and a large number of taverns, mainly on the lively promenade that is located along the beach (no cars). There are quite a number of accommodations for rent in Kalamaki Beach. Because the beach is so long you will always find a quiet spot for yourself. If you walk south for about ten minutes you'll come to a stretch of beach where there are some tamarisk trees, where there is also room for naturists.
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Kalamaki - click here.
Another nice village with a (partly) naturist beach is Sougia.
|Hotels, apartments and studios in Chora Sfakion in Crete|
The village of Chora Sfakion is situated in the south of Crete at a distance of 60 kilometer from Chania. The village has about 400 to 500 inhabitants but it used to be much larger. There is a village beach and there is another sandy beach where you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds not too far away. On the west side of the village you can also reach more quiet beaches after a 30 to 60 minutes walk. The road after Chora Sfakion becomes very steep and winding. After 2 kilometer there is a small cove with a beach and a taverna (Illingas).
There are also taxi boats to the beautiful naturist beach Sweet Water Beach, Marmara Beach, Loutro, Agia Roumeli or even to the island of Gavdos. To Sweet Water Beach you can go on foot as well. You walk over the main road to the west and then via a path along the coast (in my opinion not a good plan for people like me that are afraid of heights). By the way: on the other side of Chora Sfakion is the only really official nudist beach on the island of Crete (Filaki Beach).
For more information about the village, the accommmodations and pictures of Chora Sfakion - click here.
|A COUPLE OF MY FAVORITE ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE ISLAND OF CRETE IN GREECE|
Below are a few of my favorite accommodations on the island of Crete. It is just a small selection because I have seen so many. If you want to see more nice accommodations than you have to take a look at my hotel page.
|Villas in Crete - Villa Almyrida View in Almyrida - Large 3 bedroom villa with panoramic views|
This beautiful and large villa is situated on a quiet road in the village of Almyrida on walking distance from all the tavernes, supermarkets, atm machine, pharmacy, the (very good) bakery and all the other amenities that this lovely village has to offer (not forgetting the good sandy beaches here). This makes it idealy situated: away from noise but close to everything. The villa has different sitting areas on the outside (you can choose for sun or shade) where you can relax and enjoy a breakfast, a coffee or a drink while you look out over the village of Almyrida, the bay of Souda and the island of Karga. In the distance you can see the planes take off and land on the airport of Chania, which is situated on the opposite Akrotiri peninsula. There is a 40 m2 large private pool with sunbeds (with soft covers if you like) which is in the sun almost day, so water temperatures are good. Next to the villa at the gate there is a parking place for your car.
|Villas in Crete - Villa Sophia's House in Aspro near Almirida Beach (Apokoronas - Crete)|
This lovely intimate villa is situated on a hill near the seaside resort of Almirida. We stayed here in September 2008, September 2009 and September 2011 and we absolutely loved it. It was cozy and comfortable and the views from the terraces and the pool were fantastic. The villa had everything you could wish for: amazing views from the terraces and the pool, a beautiful bathroom, a living space with comfortable couches, a dining table and chairs and three bedrooms with extra large extra comfortable beds with loads of pillows. The beds were over two meters long because I could fit in without any problems and without my feet sticking out (yes people, I am a tall, tall guy). I loved this place because it felt so homely and everybody was feeling so happy in it. It makes you want to buy your own villa on the island.
|Villas in Crete - Elounda Solfez Villas - Elounda|
In early October 2011 we stayed in one of these beautiful villas for a number of days. The Elounda Solfez villas are brandnew and they are situated on a hill. The view is truly spectacular. From any of your terraces or from your pool you look out over the Bay of Elounda and the Spinalonga peninsula. On a clear day you can also see several small islands in the distance and even the high cliffs of the peninsula all the way back behind Sitia in the extreme east of the island.
|Hotels in Crete - Monachus Monachus Apartments in Frangokastelo on Crete|
The Monachus Monachus Apartments & Studios are located in the south of Crete, on a very quiet road that leads from the main road and goes towards the mountains. The complex is run by two nice young people, Spyros and Evi. In the terrain of Monachus Monachus is a parking lot where you can park your car. The distance to the beach, the fort and the nearest tavernas is approximately 250 to 300 meters. The complex consists of three buildings with studios and 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments, that are situated in a garden around a pool. It overlooks the sea and the fortress of Frangokastelo. The mountain range behind Monachus Monachus Apartments makes the scenery very beautiful. In the vicinity are several sand and pebble beaches, such as the beach of Frangokastelo itself, Orthi Amos Beach with its sand dunes, Laki Beach and some others.
|Villas in Crete - Villa Giorgos in Gavalochori - A house with 3 bedrooms in a pine tree forest|
Villa Giorgos is set in a very secluded spot in the middle of a pine tree forest. The villa is situated on the outskirts of Gavalochori and close to the coastal resort of Almyrida. In both villages you can find good tavernes, super markets and a bakery. Especially the pastries of the bakery in Almyrida are worth a detour! Villa Giorgos is situated on a hill at the end of short dirt track. The villa has several verandas with a splendid view of the forest that surrounds it and there are distant views of the sea in front of Almyrida (Souda Bay). It's very, very quiet. Behind the villa is the private pool with the sunbeds and the parasols, chairs and tables, a swing and a bbq. The pool is surrounded by a low wall and pine trees and is not overlooked, so we skinny dipped.
|Villas in Crete - Villa Prinolothos in Gavalochori - 3 bedrooms, separate studio and beautiful sea view|
This beautiful large stone villa with private pool is located on a hill just above the village of Gavalochori, in a region called the Apokoronas. It is about half an hour to forty five minutes away from the city of Chania and the trip from the airport is approximately one hour. The villa has three bedrooms and a separate studio that can accommodate four people. The maximum number of people that can stay in the villa is ten. Prinolithos villa is in a very quiet and very private position, so ideal for those who seek tranquility and and want the possibility to to sunbathe and swim without swimwear. The views from Villa Prinolithos and from the infinity pool are extremely pretty. You look out over several villages, including Gavalochori with its four churches, the villages of Aspro and Plaka, the green nature, the Souda Bay and the Akrotiri peninsula. In the woods around the villa are many birds and especially in the mornings it is a cheerful twittering and whistling.
|Villas in Crete - Luxury Villa Provarma Hills, Gerani, Crete|
If you are looking for a very spacious and modern villa with breathtaking views than Luxury Villa Provarma Hills may be for you. This villa offers you basically everything you'd expect from a superior villa. The only thing lacking is a big round dot for a helicopter to land on. Villa Provarma Hills is quietly situated on a hill in the north of the island of Crete, just outside the villages of Gerani and Modi in the area between Chania and Kolymbari. The distance to the popular tourist resort of Platanias is about ten minutes by car. Recently a large new Lidl supermarket was opened here, which is easy to find. We though it was very convenient to just buy lots of food here and fill up the trunk of our car, because once you're inside the grounds of the villa you will not feel much need for leaving it again. The area around the villa is also suitable for making nice walks. There are quiet roads and hiking paths that go into the hills.
|Villa Azure - Kera Beach - pretty villa with a large pool and fabulous views|
Villa Azure can accommodate up to 10 people and it is probably one of the most private villas in the whole of the Apokoronas area. You have no immediate neighbors and it is very quiet: no people, no dogs barking and no traffic. Because of its location on the hill and the trees that are in front of the villa there is a lot of privacy, so it is also suitable for people who prefer to go into the pool without swimwear. Villa Azure is a beautiful large villa of approximately 250m2 where you can relax, listen to the birds, watch the passing boats in Souda Bay and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine in your hand.
|Villas in Crete - Kastania Lodge, Kastelli Kissamos in Crete|
Kastania Lodge is a small complex consisting of one house, one apartment and one studio. It is are situated just above the town of Kastelli Kissamos, in the north west of Crete. It is situated on a very quiet spot in the country side and it looks out over the town of Kissamos and the sea on one side and on the other side the mountains and the olive groves. The small and intimate complex comes with a 50 m2 pool and a small bar.
|Villas in Crete - Villa Athina in Kokkino Chorio - A house with 3 bedrooms and beautiful seaview|
Villa Athina is situated on a hilltop in Kokkino Chorio, a village just east of the city of Chania, in the area called the Apokoronas. In October 2012 we were one of the first visitors in this new house which is built in traditional style, with stone and round arches between the rooms and the terraces. The villa has a private pool and is set in a very private location (not overlooked). The view from the grounds of the villa and the various verandas is phenomenal. You look out over the sea, three peninsulas (Apokoronas, Akrotiri and Rodopos) and three islands, including Souda Island with its fortress and the island of Karga, that lies in front of the village of Almyrida. There are views over the bay of Souda,the naval base, the fort Izzedine and you see the cruise boats and ferries sailing in on their way to the harbour of Souda. On the west side you look out over the village of Kokkino Chorio with its church and behind it you can see the White Mountains.
|Villas in Crete - Bayview Bungalows, Lagada, Makrigialos, south of Crete|
These new bungalows have an area of 88 m2 and are situated around a lovely large communal pool with sun beds. The decor is sleek and modern, yet very cozy. We felt immediately at home upon arrival, even so we only went out for dinner in the evening one time and the rest of the days we stayed in the bungalow and I cooked something myself ;).
|Villas in Crete - Villa Christina in Plaka near Almyrida - Cheap, large and quiet villa inside the village|
Villa Christina is a very nice and large villa in the village of Plaka in the Apokoronas, not far from Chania, about an hour drive from the airport (Chania). It has sea views, overlooking Souda Bay and the Akrotiri peninsula, and it is very cheaply priced (starting at 600 euro per week in 2012)! The beach of Almyrida is about 5 minutes away (2 km) and you it is possible to go there on foot. Here in Almyrida you find a lot of shops, supermarkets, two pharmacies and a variety of good restaurants and a few bars. Villa Christina is located in a very quiet street above Almyrida in village of Plaka, 150 meters from the village square with tavernas and a good supermartkt (the best small supermarket in the area). If you walk for three minutes walk you are on the central square of Plaka, while the location of the villa itself has a more rural feel, because it is surrounded by hedges and trees and there is a large garden at the villa. There is a lawn (with a barbecue and a table with chairs) and there are many trees including palm trees, conifers and an almond tree. In the street where the villa is located there is almost no traffic. In the villa has a fantastic large pool with sunbeds and parasols. There are three bedrooms and it can accommodate up to six people.
|Villas in Crete - Villa Atlantis House in Plaka near Almyrida on Crete - the luxury life in a Cretan village|
Live the life of a villager but in plenty of luxury: you can do this in Villa Atlantis. Behind the walls and the gates of Atlantis House you will find a little hidden gem. Villa Atlantis is a beautifully restored stone village house which is situated in the old part of the village of Plaka in the Apokoronas in Crete. The villa is located in a quiet street with little traffic driving through and surrounded by a wall so the garden and pool are not overlooked from the street. You can park your car park behind the fence so you never have to look around for a parking spot on the street. No carrying luggage or groceries over long distances.
On my website you will not find a lot of information about tourist packed villages like Malia or Chersonissos because I intend to avoid those places as much as I can. I always try to find quiet places and beautiful nature and I don't feel the need to share the scenery with hundreds of people. I prefer uncultivated beaches with no beach chairs, and I prefer nude / naturist beaches above "normal" ones. Having said this it doesn't mean I sit alone all the time everywhere, because I also enjoy the cosyness of places like Agia Pelagia and Sougia.