Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The living area is open plan and has a muted colour scheme with pale tiled flooring throughout. A large sofa faces the television which has some satellite channels and a DVD player and there is also an attractive fireplace in the corner. Patio doors open onto a covered dining terrace with wonderful views to the sea. At the other end of the room is a dining table with seating for six and beyond that, a bright kitchen area which is fitted with pine units. The kitchen is well-equipped with a hob, oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave.
Also on this floor is a well-furnished twin bedroom with access to a small balcony at the side of the villa. There is a separate shower room with a shower, WC and washbasin.
There are two further bedrooms upstairs, one with a double bed and the other with twin beds, both sharing the use of a separate bathroom with bath and overhead shower, WC and washbasin. The rooms have patio doors to a first floor balcony with lovely sea views.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|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
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1)|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is on a slightly lower level and has a pleasant lawn with some natural shade and a built-in barbecue with a stone seating and dining area. The pool, which has a shallow children's section at one end, is surrounded by a terrace where you can sunbathe on the sun-loungers provided or sit by the railings and admire the view. The ground floor dining terrace has a similarly scenic outlook
The Crete region
With a size of just under 8,500 square kilometres, that is 260 km across and between 15 and 60 km wide, this strikingly elongated island boasts 1,000 km of coastline.
Its 600,000 inhabitants are concentrated primarily in the urban areas, with more than one third residing in one of the three main towns of Chania, Rethymno, Heraklio, and Aghios Nikolaos, respective capitals of the four administrative regions of Chanion, Rethymnou, Herakliou, and Lassithiou.
Cretan history spans well into the Neolithic era, some 6,000 years ago. The island has seen a series of peoples and civilizations reaching their peak and then collapsing only to be succeeded by the next one in row in their strife to hold on to the prized land. The richness of the soil and the strategic position amongst three continents seemed to have lured ambitious invaders from West and East. Thus, the Minoans and Mycenaeans of the pre-classical period were succeeded by the Athenians, then Alexandrians and soon the Romans. Before long, Byzantium took over and desperately resisted the Arab attacks, until it succumbed to the Venetian Crusaders, who in turn had to fight the Arabs and then the Turks, who eventually gained overall control in 1669. The island remained under Ottoman rule until 1913, when it finally rejoined the rest of Greece. This turbulent history and constant melting pot of cultures and civilisations competing for Crete, has left innumerable traces in the culture and landscape of the island, but has most of all, forged a distinctly independent Cretan identity which survives to this day, and proudly precedes the Cretans' Greek origin.
The island's geography couldn't be simple either! The terrain is amazingly varied, which, though a surprise to those used to the Cycladic islands or the Ionian islands to the west, is a natural consequence of the size and position of the island. Where else in Greece can you see mountain ranges towering well over 2,450 metres, snow-capped in winter and carpeted in local flora in spring and early summer. Mountain plateaus cover the rest of the island, apart from when they are slashed by spectacular gorges, or gently peter out in the low plains reaching the sea. The beaches range from your archetypal sandy paradise, to idyllic little bays and rocky coves with family friendly rock pools, or picturesque fishing harbours with mirror-sharp clean waters and pebbles underfoot.
It is the diversity and size of the island that make the impulsive wish to return a natural reaction of the first time visitor, and, as the well seasoned visitor will tell you, make car rental and even boat hire (or boat trips for the non-mariners) a very reasonable means to make the most of your holiday.
Villa Ionna has a hilltop location with wonderful views over the surrounding area to the Cretan Sea below. The little village of Maroulas, 2km away, has a small range of facilities for your immediate needs whilst the bustling town of Platanes is 1km further on. Formerly a small fishing village, Platanes has grown into a popular coastal resort with activities to suit all tastes. The town has good shopping, dining and leisure facilities and if you are looking for a lively nightlife, there are numerous bars, discos and tavernas which keep buzzing until the early hours. The beach is long and sandy, with a range of water sports on offer and sunbeds and parasols available to hire
The city of Rethymnon is ten minutes drive to the west from Platanes offering a variety of day and evening entertainment and a large choice of shops, restaurants and clubs. It has a huge expanse of gently sloping beach lined with tavernas and bars which stretches for 20km. The quaint old town is a mass of narrow alleyways lined with Turkish houses and minarets reflecting the 250 years when it was ruled by the Turks, with a Venetian influence showing in its charming houses with wooden balconies and wall fountains. The picturesque harbour is lined with fish restaurants offering a range of regional specialities and locally caught seafood, and there are regular boat excursions leaving from this point. In July/August, the city stages a Renaissance Festival and comes alive with folk music and traditional Greek dramas, or you may be able to sample locally produced wine in the public gardens during the annual Wine Festival.
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