Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Villa Selene has a private swimming pool which is GATED to help with child safety - and adult peace of mind when looking after toddlers around the swimming pool. The Kitchen/diner opens directly on to the patio area, and there are no stairs to negotiate when bringing out food to the dining area outside.
Located in our St Basil Olive Grove, only 3 minutes drive from the beach at Almirida, on the Apokoronas Peninsular in North West Crete Also nearby, only a 12 minute walk away, is the 1000-year old Greek village of Gavalochori with tavernas & shops.
The villa shares the Olive Grove with only 4 other villas (also owned by us) but is not overlooked by them so your privacy is protected. Unusually for Crete, there is at least 60 metres between each house, and separated by colour full private gardens. The olive grove is huge (4.5 acres, 17,000 sq metres) and is fully fenced and gated. The road to Almyrida has only light traffic during the day and occasional vehicles at night, yet you are never far from civilisation and the bustling cafe culture and nightlife of nearby villages.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Almyrida 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: CHANIA 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Villa Selene is a large comfortable villa with no stairs. The central open-plan kitchen diner has bedrooms and bathrooms radiating from this 'hub' allowing good privacy.
The Crete region
Crete, blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine every year and has over 25 million olive trees and a population of less than 600,000 living on its 8,300 square kilometers. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean that lies at the point where the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa meet. The island has an elongated shape, 260 km long from west to east and is divided into four prefectures Chania, Rethymnon, Iraklio and Lassithi, which are between 15 and 60 km wide. The coastline is over 1000 km long and consists of both sandy beaches and rocky shores. The rest of the island is sparsely populated, with large tracts of mountainous areas frequented only by shepherds.
"Out in the dark blue sea there lies an island called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side, densely peopled and boasting ninety cities."
Homer Odyssey 19, 172-174
Together with all the former attractions, the island has a rich archaeological heritage in the prefecture of Heraklio and eastward, are the remains of the palaces and cities (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, etc.) which are of the Minoan settlement, who developed one of the great civilizations of the ancient world, which flourished between 1700 - 1450 B.C. Then with the invasion of the Achaians and later the Dorians (11th century B.C.), new cities were built, such as Aptera (17 km. from Chania) and Lato. Among the remains of Byzantine culture on Crete are the masterful mosaic floors and the churches decorated with frescoes dating from the 10th to the 16th centuries.
Crete fell into the hands of the Arabs In 824 till 961 which was when Handak today known as Iraklio was founded. In 1204 the island was then passed to the Venetians who reinforced older fortresses, such as Koule in Heraklio, and built new ones in places such as Gramvousa (45 km from Chania), Spinalonga (near Aghios Nikolaos 200 km from Chania), Frangokastello (85 km), Lerapetra (250 km), and Paleohora (70 km). We can still admire Venetian edifices such as the great walls of Chania, inside which we find narrow streets with squares, fountains, churches and Venetian houses. In 1645 the Muslim conquered the island for the first time and in 1669 the whole of Crete fell into the hands of Turks, it was not until 1913 when the island of Crete was united with the rest of Greece.
The spirit of Crete is reflected large in the island's landscapes, its soaring mountains and fertile plains, in the palaces of the Minoan area and the castles, mosques and minarets of Venetian and Turkish conquerors. Above all it is in the traditional hospitality of its people with their infectious love of life and enjoyment of simple pleasures. Thus Crete is a land for all temperaments, blending fascinating layers of history with a proud and thriving folklore in a powerfully beautiful setting.
VILLA ASTERIA is situated 2 km inland of the fishing village of Almirida (sometimes spelt Almyrida) on Crete's north west coast. This is to the east of Souda Bay on the Apokoronas peninsular, about 20 kilometres from the city of Chania and its airport.
OUR LOCATION is ideal if you want a quiet family holiday with plenty of sun and sea, yet you are never far from civilisation and the bustling cafe culture and nightlife of nearby villages.
Nearby ALMIRIDA VILLAGE has around a dozen restaurants and tavernas, mostly along the seafront, so you can enjoy your meal just a few metres from the waves. We have personally eaten at every restaurant and have never had a poor meal, although perhaps some of the local village wine is a acquired taste! Cooking is invariably home-made Cretan (according to long-handed down family recipies) so you will find that the same dish will differ between restaurants. Variety is everywhere. Nightlife - there are several quite trendy bars open until silly hours, and there is often a disco in Nikita's bar on a Sunday night. You can also expect impromptu musicians to turn up at any time and entertain you with traditional Cretan music and dancing.
GAVALOCHORI VILLAGE, only 12 minutes walk away, dates back over 1000 years and offers your closest restaurants and minimarkets - plus interesting attactions such as the ancient Roman Wells.
BEACHES are sandy and safe, with crystal waters, and offer good opportunities for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and scuba (PADI) diving. You can also hire wind surfers and pedaloes - even a large sailing boat for day trips around the peninsular
Nearby KALIVES is a working town as well as being a tourist destination. So in addition to the beaches, tavernas, bars and tourist shops there are local shops plus a good-sized supermarket. Banking, post office and petrol station are available.
CHANIA, the second city of Crete, is a cosmopolitan city voted the most beautiful on Crete. With the White Mountains as a backdrop, it has a Venetian harbour, museums, a fascinating indoor market and an old quarter of narrow streets packed with interesting shops. It is a vibrant place steeped in Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish history. The harbour area is a great place to sit and watch the world go by at one of the sea-front tavernas. You can take a boat trip, visit the nautical museum, or just wander around the narrow back streets. The Agora market has fish, meat, bakers and fruit stalls. The Saturday street market which runs down towards the sea, close to the Agora is the best place to find produce straight from the fields.
WALKING/HIKING. The famous Samaria gorge is just to the south and there are also many more peaceful gorges such as Imbros Gorge, which runs parallel to Samaria. The Apokoronas area is wonderful for walking & cycling, especially in the Spring & Autumn. Inland, the countryside offers spectacular hills and winding valleys. May and June are the ideal months to see an astonishing display of wild flowers - including huge carnivorous plants growing wild! An ideal way to explore on foot is with local walking experts Faragi Tours, a family-run company of enthusiasts who specialise in offering walks of various length and difficulty, from beginner to expert. They are based in nearby Vamos, only 5 km (3 miles) from our villas.
KNOSSOS PALACE - famous dwelling of the Minoans and the Minotaur
PHAISTOS was one of the most important centres of Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. It was inhabited from the Neolithic period until the foundation and development of the Minoan palaces in the 15th century B.C.
ALLIED WAR CEMETARY
In a beautiful location at the head of Souda bay, a poignant memorial to the young lives lost in World War 2. A lovely garden and a very peaceful place.
GERMAN WAR CEMETARY
It is a tribute to the people of Crete that they help to maintain the cemetery of those who invaded them in the May of 1941. Like the Allied cemetery, this is also beautifully maintained, but totally different in design. To find it you drive out to Maleme, and look for the turning on your left as you drive West. It is on one of the hills over-looking Maleme airfield, where many of them died as they came in by parachute. More than 4000 German troops are buried here. The headstones are in fact tablets laid flat on the ground, one tablet for two men. At intervals there are also small stone crosses. There is also a small visitor centre on the path up to the cemetery. When he was alive George Psychoundakis (The Cretan Runner) tended the graves at the cemetery