|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
An easy 30 minute drive from Chania airport, Angeliki's house is tucked away in the peaceful village of Aptera (formerly known as Megala Chorafia). From it's extensive patio, this cosy teracotta tiled house has the most spectacular views over the Lefka Ori (or white mountains).
The terrace benefits from the natural shade of a large a Carob tree, together with a traditional bread oven, well stocked logstore and plenty of seating. An outside dining table with four chairs is provided alongside two sunloungers.
This well equipped self catering accommodation is by no means isolated. The centre of the village a 15 minute stroll and boasts a village store which stocks all of the day to day essentials together with three tavernas and a bar (serving mezze). The village store and taverna closest to the property are open all year. Free Wifi is also available.
The property provides one large double bedroom with ceiling fan, double wardrobe, dressing table with drawers and bedside cabinets,. A second (interconnecting) twin bedroom, bathroom with shower and an open plan kitchen diner/living area. The kitchen is well equipped with a full sized electric cooker with grill, microwave oven, fridge with freezer compartment, sandwich toaster, juicer and coffee maker etc. Other facilities include ironing board plus iron, CD player and two large oscillating fans.
Aptera village (until recently known as Megala Chorafia) is just five minutes drive from the
quiet sandy beaches at Kalami and ten minutes from Kalives, with its beach side
tavernas, shops and cafes, 15 minutes from Almirida beach, while Chania town, with it’s
beautiful Venetian Harbour, is 20 minutes away.
The village of Aptera is ideally situated for exploring the surrounding countryside, ancient
archaeological sites and the idyllic beaches of western Crete The town of Rethymnon is
also within easy reach (40 minutes), as is the spectacular Samaria Gorge. The
archaeological sites of Knossos and Phaestos are 1.5 hours drive from the village.
The 'Metoche' area on the eastern side is on a ridge which extends towards the ancient
town of ancient Aptera. 'Zacharias' is a cluster of houses on the hilltop to the west. Wild
flowers bloom along narrow roads on which shepherds move their flocks between fields.
There are three small tavernas, two cafes and a new mini-market in the village. The
archaeological remains of ancient Aptera, dating from the Minoan and Roman times, are
within walking distance of the village. Beyond these stands a Turkish castle, perched
strategically on the headland overlooking the sea.
Overshadowed by more famous sites at Knossos, the former city state of Aptera, near
Kalives, is not yet on the main tourist route and so can be investigated in relative peace.
Perched 230 metres high on a hill overlooking Souda bay it enjoys panoramic views of the
whole plain of Apokoronas and, for added interest, there is an impressive Turkish fort on a
Aptera was once one of the most important city states in Western Crete. Aptera was an autonomous
city from the 6th-4th century BC and minted its own coins. It sent soldiers to aid the Spartans
during the 2nd Messenian War (668 BC) and was later an ally of Knossos during the Cretan civil
war in 220 BC. It had two harbours. The first is believed to be at Minoan at the north entrance to
Souda Bay, where Marathi beach can be found today. The second is thought to be at either Kalami
or Kalives. Aptera continued to be an important city during the Roman and first Byzantine periods
but it was destroyed by the Arabs in 823 AD. The Venetians built a fort there but this was destroyed
by the pirate Barbarosa. The city was also badly hit by an earthquake and eventually abandoned.
The second city of Crete, Chania old town is an archaeological wonderland with a unique
combination of buildings - Venetian, Turkish as well as Cretan. There are two harbours
which are packed with restaurants & shops. You can take a boat trip, visit the nautical
museum, or just wander around the narrow back streets. The Agora & Saturday street
market have the best fish, meat, fruit, vegetables - & don't miss 'leather alley'.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|