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Fabulous view from the pool at dawn

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Villa Oleander is located just outside of the village of Pano (Upper) Pines. The four bedroom,three bathroom, fully air conditioned facility resides in private gardens with swimming pool and commands staggeringly beautiful views over Pano Elounda, Elounda town, the safe haven of Elounda bay and onwards to Mirabello Bay.

Situated just 3 Km from the sea, shops and local restaurants the villa offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life whilst being within easy access of Aghios Nikolaos and the many special places to visit on the island of Crete.

Villa Oleander offers a luxury holiday location for all whether it is just to sunbathe by the pool, walk in the hills, snorkel in clear warm seas, visit historical sites or eat and drink in the many bars and restaurants.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Elounda 3 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Heraklion 45 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Crete region

The History of Crete encompasses the ancient Minoan civilization 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.

Aghios Nikolaos

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.

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.

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.

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11 Nov 2013



Stayed here for the first week of a two week visit to Crete. Owner was pleasant and communicative and very flexible when I realised I'd double booked us into two villas in the same week. Arrived … More

27 Aug 2013


"lovely villa with amazing views"

when we arrived the villa was perfectly clean as was the pool it had everything we needed for a perfect holidaythe views are even better than the photosalthough not in the centre of elounda we found w… More

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