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Charming village house in beautiful location close to village, beaches, Chania

Bedrooms 2
Space 721 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

An easy 30 minute drive from Chania airport, Angeliki's house is tucked away in

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.

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Sue Dunk
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017


Aptera Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 721 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom 1 & 2 interconnect so are most suitable for chidren
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Double wardrobe,dressing table, bedside units. Patio doors.
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Lake Kournas
Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Chania international
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Souda port
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Kyani Atki

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

nearby hilltop.

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'.


Rates & Availability

Aptera Cottage Rental Rates

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May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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