Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Privileged to be in one of the most sought after locations of this beautiful area, Almyrida View Villa enjoys both privacy and panoramic views whilst being within walking distance of the small fishing harbour, shops, cafés and excellent tavernas that are clustered around the pretty cove-like sandy beach in Almyrida. Nestled on an elevated hillside, the villa has wonderful sweeping views across Souda Bay to the Akrotiri Peninsula in the north, and over olive and almond covered rocky hillsides to The White Mountains in the south.
Built on one level, Almyrida View Villa is welcoming, family friendly and well appointed, with a large private pool and spacious sun terrace. With location, views, and every modern amenity possible, romantic couples who want a good amount of privacy, or families of all generations who wish to enjoy their independence by walking down to the village and sandy beaches, will be equally enchanted by Almyrida View Villa.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Almyrida 500 m|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chania 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Built on one level, Almyrida View Villa is welcoming, family friendly and well appointed. The spacious open-plan living/dining room has a well equipped kitchen to one side, and an archway to a large games room that has a pool table which can keep both adults and children alike entertained for hours. The light and airy living room has high vaulted beamed ceilings and extra wide sliding doors leading to the large semi covered dining/pool terrace, from where children can be easily supervised in the swimming pool. The villa has been thoughtfully designed so that none of the bedrooms share adjoining walls which gives added privacy to each guest.
Almyrida View Villa has been comfortably furnished with a combination of simple, locally made pine furniture, and many modern features such as an out-sized corner sofa which is ideal for relaxing on, satellite TV, a DVD player, a large kitchen inventory, a washing machine, a microwave oven, dishwasher, WIFI internet access for up to 5 devices (top-up cards for air-time will need to be purchased locally), aluminium windows and shutters, and air-conditioning in the bedrooms. For those cooler nights at the start and end of the season there is central heating and the A/C units double up as heaters. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater.
|Further details outdoors|
Despite the villa's well laid out interior which easily lends itself to relaxed summer living, it is the outside area that guests find so difficult leave. The half acre property has been carved into the hillside in order to maximise the views and the privacy. The gravelled private parking area, and the country road that leads down to the village on the east side of the villa, are hidden by an attractive high natural stone wall and raised flowerbeds.
In keeping with a typical Mediterranean garden, the flowerbeds are planted with orange, lemon and olive trees, 6 mature date palms, Washingtonian palms, oleander, and geraniums. The land drops away dramatically below the pool/dining terrace on the north and west sides of the villa which allows for exceptional views to the turquoise bay, the silver and green olive covered hillsides, and the White Mountains. Railings and gates ensure the safety of the younger members of the family, and the 7 roman steps that lead into the large swimming pool lend themselves perfectly for children or less confident swimmers to sit on and cool off on the long hot summer days that Crete is famous for.
Ample outdoor equipment has been supplied including sun-beds, umbrellas, a barbecue, and 2 dining tables and chairs. With a bamboo covered pergola, there is a good choice of sun and shade during the day. At night, with the outside areas romantically illuminated, this is the perfect place to sit and marvel at the gorgeous sunsets, or on a warm clear night, look at the twinkling stars, and the lights in the bay from the ferries that go past on their nightly journey to Athens. The sweet aroma from the jasmine and bougainvillea that climb up the wall outside the living room and master bedroom add to this idyllic setting.
The Crete region
Crete has everything you that could possibly want from a holiday: soaring mountains that are snow capped from November to June, many great walking trails including Europe's deepest gorge, ancient archaeological sites and Minoan palaces, quaint villages, sparkling clear blue seas with tavernas serving freshly caught fish, golden beaches, glorious wild flowers in the Spring, and a variety of delicious foods which are all made from healthy home grown produce.
As incredible as the island is, it is the Cretan people who will make your holiday truly memorable. Descendants of the Minoan's, one of Europe's earliest civilizations, and shaped by centuries of struggle against oppression, the Cretans are as rugged as the mountains, fiercely independent but passionately friendly.
Almyrida View Villa is located in the heart of The Apokoronas Region just east of the beautiful town of Chania. With its stunning Venetian harbour, quayside bars and restaurants, what better place to relax and watch the world go by. In the narrow streets behind Chania's harbour you will find tavernas, bars, the famous covered market, and many local shops selling handicrafts, textiles, jewellery and hand made ceramics. Visit 'Leather Lane' for outstanding hand made leather bargains.
The climate of Crete is a temperate Mediterranean climate and the weather is characterized by long hot, dry summers and mild winters. The Spring can be warm and sunny during the day but still have cooler evenings and is perfect for walking, birdwatching and looking at the wild flowers. All in all Crete is absolutely perfect for your villa holiday.
The heart of the lovely village of Almyrida is only 550m from Almyrida View Villa and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. The beach is very shallow and safe, which is good news if you have children or are not a strong swimmer. Lining the beach are 7 excellent tavernas, 10 café/bars, 2 bakeries, a wonderful jewellery shop, 5 mini-markets, 3 gift shops,a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, a butcher's shop, and an off-license. Also in Almyrida there is a scuba diving office, a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, horse riding, guided walking tours, and guided coach excursions.
A few minutes by car from the villa, there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. There is also an interesting selection of small craft centres and museums, including glass blowing in Kokkino Horio, lace makers in Gavalohori, and silk makers in Kalamitsi. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car.
Cooking classes and wine tasting set at a local winery can be taken by those of you who are interested. Guided walks led by experts in mountaineering and/or flora and fauna can also be arranged. For those of you who prefer to venture out on your own, a copy of the guide book "Crete on the Road" by Frankie Miles comes with every villa. The book contains detailed directions to many well known and hidden sites, opening times and prices for all attractions, taverna recommendations, and the only existing map of the National Highway showing the exits and entrances.