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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Set in the heart of a traditional Greek village beside a leafy park with a picturesque river and surrounded by orange groves. It is secluded yet close to (50m) a selection of excellent tavernas and small shops with very friendly local people. It is the ideal location for relaxing or for exploring the island. A beautiful beach nearby and wonderful views of the mountains complete the idyll.
We are an English couple who live here all year round and we will be delighted to help you enjoy your holiday to the full. Tell us what you want--walking, bird watching, eating and drinking, golf, sightseeing, boat trips, watersports or just plain 'chilling out'!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Heraklion Prefecture region
Fodele (pronounced Fothele -'e' is always 'eh' not 'ay', and the stress is on the 'o') is -of course- the most beautiful village on Crete! Founded by the year 1248, it is a traditional Cretan village with very friendly inhabitants (around 680) and although many do not speak English, a greeting of 'kali mera!' (good day) or 'kali spera!' (good evening) will be rewarded with smiles and waves. Some taverna owners and staff can speak several languages in a limited fashion— mostly about food and drink. The tavernas have good quality fresh food at very reasonable prices – most of the fruit and vegetables are grown locally and are very tasty. Also, as Fodele is a working Cretan village most places stay open all year round, unlike the tourist towns and beaches which close down in the winter. Fodele is a very special place – a little gem!
FODELE VILLAGE is an important stop on the culture trail as it has several points of interest. Firstly, it is known as the birthplace of El Greco- Domenicos Theotokopolis. (b. 1541) When he went to Spain in 1567 they could not pronounce his name, hence 'El Greco' (The Greek). There is a small museum here containing well executed illuminated copies of his paintings, (obviously no originals as they are all in major museums across the world!). Interestingly, there are also photographs of his descendents, still living here today. It is about 800 metres from the centre of Fodele – cross over the river by the kiosk and head towards the sea. Open from 9.00 until about 19.00 (except Mondays) during the season. Opposite the museum is the beautiful Byzantine Church of the Panagia (All Saints), dedicated to the Virgin Mary. We believe the opening hours are similar to the museum.
In the village, beside El Greco's taverna in the square, there are two huge plane trees which used to mark the entrance to the village, which has grown somewhat since. One is 1000 years old and the other is 800! The small Monastery of Saint Pantelaimonas is about 3km out of the village – take the road out of the village from the main square and keep going till you come to it. The road surface is not great so take it easy!
Opening times; Weekdays; 9.00-13.00 and 16.00–20.00, Saturdays; 16.00–20.00. On Sundays they have services so better to visit through the week.
Most of the visitors come to the village because it is so beautiful, with the Pantomandris River running through the centre, surrounded by green trees and flowers. There are some lovely gentle walks around Fodele including a nature trail along the river, where you will see many varieties of wild flowers, butterflies and lizards.
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18 Aug 2014
"Relaxing, lovely people, wonderful place"
We arrived after 12am but were warmly welcomed by our fantastic hosts Ken and Helen at the local tavern and shared some of the delicious local wine. They gave us advice and an insight into the local a… More
30 Dec 2012
"Great apartment in beautiful location"
A fantastic break in Fodele in September 2012. The apartments are just what you would hope for - clean, well maintained, good swimming pool, nice neighbours. It was also exceptionally good value.Fodel… More
27 Sep 2012
"Lovely locals, noisy animal orchestra"
We had a very nice week in unit "daisy" . Very clean, everything we needed, good management team and delightful next door neighbors. Great little village with friendly people and cheap, go… More
11 Sep 2012
"Great apartment, lovely village, beautiful surroundings"
Our stay was just what we'd hoped for. The apartment was clean and well-equipped, with views over both the village and hillside. We tried most of Fodele's tavernas and enjoyed some great foo… More
14 Aug 2012
"We just love coming back."
We have just booked Verbena for a third time. We would have booked it when we came in May but it wasn't available. Mandarin Grove is a beautifully maintained complex, and Verbena has everything that we could ask for; clean, tidy, stunning view looking over orange trees to the hills from the balcony, at a good price. Ken & Helen were the perfect “local guides” offering us useful information about the area. We went on various local walks in the hills and just love coming back.
28 May 2012
"A great stay in a typical Greek village - Bliss"
This is a beautiful little complex of only about 10 apartments. It has a little roof terrace and an outdoor pool surrounded by tables, chairs and parasols, plus a BBQ.
The complex itself is set alongside the village stream, and a two minute walk across the bridge brings you to the many restaurants of this lovely working village.
The apartments are surrounded by mandarin groves to the front and the local school to one side, and the local church at the bottom of the back garden. Beware of the call to church on a Sunday! It's very loud, but just typically Greek.
Our apartment was a one bedroom apartment, which had a nice airy bedroom with its only balcony complete with chairs. There was a built in wardrobe complete with iron and ironing board, plus a chest of drawers, so plenty of storage. There was a wet room (remember to remove the loo roll before putting the shower on!). Then in the lounge kitchen area, there was a sofa, which converts into a bed, plus a mini oven, tv/dvd player, and sufficient crockery for your stay. There was also a shelf full of books for you to read during your stay. From this living area there was a balcony complete with table and chairs and clothes dryer, which looked over the mandarin grove and the hills. Beautifully scenic.
It is about 2 miles from the nearest beach but it is downhill. We hired a car, but I don't suppose you need one unless you want to get to the beach, although you could walk downhill and hope someone will give you a lift coming back up, which they often do. We did hire a car, however we didn't bother going to one of the bigger supermarkets, we made do with the local butcher, baker and little supermarket, to keep the revenue in the village.
We loved it so much we are heading back there in June 2012.
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