House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
" Villa Polyxeni is a wonderful traditional stone house just a few steps from the sea. Built more than 100 years ago, recently renovated, is located on the left side of the village of Halki, when entering the harbor by boat.
Covering a total area of 120 square meters it consists of a large main room of 60 square meters, an inner courtyard with access to a separate bedroom and the bathroom / WC. On the front is the large balcony with a lovely view over the village and the sea. The main room of 60 sqm with high ceilings and a traditional wooden roof contains a raised (2m high) double bed directly overlooking the sea, There is, a fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, oven, dishes, glasses, many cookware, blender, toaster, juicer, coffee machine etc), a dining table with 6 chairs, a living room with two sofas and armchairs as well as a spacious wardrobe.
In the inner courtyard under the shade, provided by the white-purple bougainvilleas, is another sleeping room an outdoor shower and a table with chairs, and a small garden with colorful flowers.
The unique balcony of 30 square meters is exactly above sea level and has a breathtaking view - probably one of the best of the island- that will leave you speechless. You look straight to the harbor, the settlement and the open sea, heading to Rhodes, where you can admire the crystal clear emerald sea filled with colorful fishing boats, the quiet dusk, or the magnificent sunrise. There is a large table with sofas and a big umbrella that will enable you to enjoy endless moments of peace.
Just below the house there is a small "beach" for direct access to the crystal clear waters of Halki. "
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||just in front the house|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Airport of Rhodes 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Aegean Islands region
Greece's best kept secret
Halki island: the Hidden Paradise
Characterized by Unesco as the island of Peace and Friendship,Halki(Chalki, Khalki)is a jewel of an island, small and rocky, situated some 6 km (4 miles) west of the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese Archipelago. With an area of 28 km2 (11 sq miles) and a population of a few hundred people in the summer, it is one of the smallest inhabited islands not only in the Aegean but in all of Greece.
This unspoiled, unique, colorful and undiscovered by mass tourism fisher-island is lately seeing a steady flow of visitors who come for its relaxation value. Almost abandoned at the turn of the 20th century, when the sponge-fishing industry took a nosedive, Halki existed in forgotten silence for many years.
The climate of Chalki is very dry and therefore very pleasant for vacationing. Normally the last rains fall by the end of April and start again at the end of October, providing ample opportunity for swimming in the meantime. The region is famous for long, sunny summers with temperatures ranging between 25° and 35° Celsius.
Halki is an “anti-stress” destination where bibliophiles, poets, writers, spiritually motivated individuals, religious walkers, romantic couples, families with kids or just people that want to get away from “it all”, swim in crystal clear waters, take a deep breath of sea breeze, sit by the port, hear and watch the fishing boats leave or return, hear the church bells inviting them to Liturgy, observe the night sky with the countless stars, and the glowing moon reflected in the sea. The days in Halki are filled with calmness, romance, sea dives, fishing, snorkeling, exploring the island, tasting the local Greek cuisine and enjoying the local aperitifs and wines.
The impressive Emborio (or Nimborio) is the only inhabited village of the island. A quiet fishing port village amphitheatrically built around the harbor with traditional island-style mansions of extreme beauty. Most of them are recently restored to their former glory. Made out of stone with colored shutters and white frames or entirely painted in bright colors, they signify the old prosperity of the island. Even those that are still in a state of disrepair – yet slowly being renovated – overgrown with weeds and decrepit, contribute to astonish the visitor. Car traffic is prohibited once the ferries have come and gone, so the waterside always enjoys a relaxing, vehicle-free setting.
Most commercial services and accommodation options are within 200m of the harbor. The streets of the village are paved with stones, and the village justifiably holds a leading position in the list with the most picturesque villages of the Greek islands.
The inhabitants, two hundred and fifty in total, are occupied with fishing, farming and tourism. Summer evenings are “filled with life”, but not with noise.
Cars are not needed and there is no pollution at all. The water is crystal clear even inside the “harbor” and the houses are built on the seaside, giving the unique opportunity to jump into the water even directly beneath your house.
Worth visiting in Emborio are: the church of St. Nicolas, the building of the City Hall, recently renovated; in front of it, the impressive Clock Tower (the clock was stopped years ago by the inhabitants because it was… too noisy);and nearby the only School of today, that constitutes a special and impressive building. Halki's traditional house-museum is also nearby. From traditional embroideries and crochets to crockery, from the olden-day cooking utensils to the delicate yet beautiful decoration of the rooms, the traditional house of Halki opens a window to all visitors who wish to learn more about the lives of the people on this glorious and much loved island.
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