Detached secluded mountainside villa and private pool with fabulous views
Spacious villa with fabulous views from the balconies on each of the three floors. Mountains and a deep valley to one side and spectacular sea and bay views to the front. The pool and bbq area are completely screened from view. Two bedrooms with double beds and en suites, two with two single beds in each and shared bathroom. Easy drive to Elounda below or a walk following traditional shepherds paths.
The History of Crete encompasses the ancient Minoan civilisation which is believed to have been destroyed by natural disasters. After this Crete developed an organization of city states in the Ancient Greek model, and then became part of successively the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Venetian Republic, and the Ottoman Empire.
There are many examples of Minoan sites to be seen on the island. Knossos is no doubt the most famous but other good examples can be found closer to Elounda at Latos and Malia. Byzantine ruins can be seen underwater just off the causeway in Elounda at the far end of the harbour (you can see this from the villa balconies). Venetian architecture is very evident on Spinalonga Island at the other end of Elounda harbour. Spinalonga itself has its own fascinating history. Until 1952 it was the last leper colony in Europe and is well worth a visit as it is very atmospheric and you can still sense the spirits of those souls who spent their entire lives within the walls of the old fortress.
Please make use of the selection of guides in the villa to find your way around the many historic sites to be found in Crete but do remember to take them out of your hand luggage or hire car and leave them for those who follow you.
Getting around Locally
Maps and Guides: There is a range of maps and guides in the bookcase in the villa but this section and the next makes a few more personal recommendations.
Eating Out:There is a relatively new Taverna opened within walking distance of the villa, just walk or drive to the T junction at the end of the access road to the villa and turn right. Very simple Greek food and wine but very reasonably priced and staggering distance back!
Wide range of places to eat out in Elounda. They all serve a wide range of dishes but each has its own distinctive style and no one but you can decide what gives you a buzz as part of the eating out experience. For some reason fish can be very expensive with the odd exception for ‘Specials’ so check the prices before ordering. More traditional Greek dishes based usually on lamb are the best value. Below are a few observations about how some of the restaurants we have more regularly used performed in 2007/2008. The key features for us are friendly waiters, character (slightly eccentric is good) and at least consistent food preparation.
For fish and good sea views the Ecovrite restaurant in the harbour is good although there can be a slightly distracting smell of diesel from the water as most of the little fishing boats are diesel powered.
Following the harbour with the sea on your left and the village square on your right (the cruise boats to Spinalonga are all moored here), there is a string of restaurants some on wooden pontoons which are quite romantic and make the most of cooler evening breezes. The first couple do more fish than the others but may not be as welcoming or have the most interesting atmospheres. The best of the early restaurants are Megaro and Poulis and as you reach the end of the row you will find the Ferryman run by Akis and his French wife Sophia who is charming as well as having a degree in marine biology. The food here is usually excellent and they are very flexible about anything extra or special you want (leaving out ingredients etc).
The harbour square offers a very friendly breakfast venue at the Eden restaurant and the best selection of ice creams can be found at the All in One Creperie.
If you turn left into the car park at the harbour and drive down past the beach on your right you will come to a very sharp left hand turning signposted Mavrikiano. This road goes steeply uphill and about 200 metres on the right you will find a tavern called The Hope. This is very local and has a limited menu but all very nicely cooked and at lower prices than the more obvious places around the harbour. Locals use this which is a form of recommendation.
Something to Drink: The harbour square is ringed with bars and the local hotels welcome drop ins. Where to drink is a matter of what ambience you are looking for so cruise around until you find what you are looking for. Try Friends bar and ask for Demittri. Mention my name and you will be sure of a warm Cretan welcome.
Shops: Again part of the fun to find out what’s about but worth walking out along the main street towards Agios and looking out for a gallery called Cicada (just past the quad bike hire shop). Crazy and passionate sculptor called Alex and his wife Marialena and some really original sculpture.
Agios Nikolaos: This is the main town of the Lassithi Province with many restaurants and bars surrounding the inner and outer harbours. There are two main shopping streets running parallel to each other from the harbour uphill to the main square. Driving around the town can be very interesting as many of the roads are quite narrow with cars parked either side. We would recommend that you follow the signs to the marina which has a good car park and is within easy walk of the main square, shopping streets and the inner and outer harbour areas. If you turn immediately to the right as you leave the car park and walk about 30m up the hill you will find the Sirocco bar on the left which serves homemade olive bread cooked while you wait and other snacks. A really nice place to relax in the shade and view the expensive yachts in the marina.
Kritsa and Latos: Kritsa is a mountain village situated a few miles inland from Agios Nikolaos. It has many small shops which the locals will endeavour to entice you into to buy leather and linen goods. The car park is at the bottom of the village on the right as you enter. Walking up the hill through the village can work up quite a thirst; there are numerous small bars offering a variety of refreshments.
Latos is an ancient Minoan site located just a mile or so from Kritsa. Follow the sign to the right as you approach Kritsa. There is a small entrance fee to the site which as with a number of Minoan sites is situated on the top of a hill with superb views over the Mirabello bay.
Mochlos: This is a small village located right by the sea approached down a narrow twisty road off to the left from the main road to Sitea. About 50 minutes drive from Elounda. Drive through the village to the car park and walk back to the many restaurants that surround the small beach and harbour. It is sometimes difficult to know which restaurant to choose as they are all so close together, however the welcome is always friendly with a good variety of food to try. This is a particularly nice place to stop for lunch or an early evening meal. The Minoans were here too with a very small excavation to be seen next to the car park. Historically there was a causeway to the island just off shore which is described on a notice board just on the outskirts of the village.
Sitea, Vai and Zakros: Sitea is the most eastern main town, harbour and airport on the island. Sitea is one of the largest wine producing areas with a winery situated on the main road as you enter the town from the west; this advertises wine tasting sessions which to date we have not tried. The harbour area offers an abundance of restaurants and is a pleasant place to take a break for coffee and a baklava after the somewhat tiring trip along the windy main road from Agios Nikolaos.
Vai is a beautiful beach where you can sit in the shade of palm trees or swim in wonderfully clear water. This palm forest is the most northerly naturally occurring palm forest. The area is a designated nature reserve. Refreshments, toilets and changing rooms are adjacent to the car park. You will need to read your map although the route is well signposted from Sitea
Zakros or more correctly Kato Zakros is the site of another Minoan settlement chosen apparently because of the safe bay on which it is situated. Again you will need your map reading skills to locate this place. It is quite well signposted from Sitea and well worth the visit. As you drive along the bay there are a number of restaurants serving a variety of food. Go to the end of the road and turn sharply to your left and on your right you will see the ruins of the Minoan settlement with a small car parking area opposite. If you continue on down this narrow road after about 500m you will come to the entrance of the Dead Gorge, so called because Minoan burial sites were found in the caves which can be seen in the walls of the gorge. Park your car and follow the well marked path into the gorge. Depending on the time of the year you will encounter a large variety of wild plants and birds.
These are only a few of the wonderful places you can visit on Crete and have been chosen as some of our favourites. You may well want to visit the Lassithi Plato, Knossos, Spinalonga, Heraklion, Chania , or just take a trip around the mountain villages behind Pines.
You may of course choose to stay by the pool and enjoy the sun, whichever you choose we wish you a wonderful Cretan experience.
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Tumble Dryer
- Lawn / Garden
- Away From It All
- Pets Not Allowed
- Dining Area
- Children Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Towels Provided
- Non Smoking Only
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- DVD Player
- Coffee Maker
- Outdoor Grill
- Iron & Board
- Video Library
- Hair Dryer
- Pantry Items
- Porch / Veranda
- Dishes & Utensils
- Living Room
- Deck / Patio
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