About the property
- House1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 - 5 nights
Kea is one one the closest islands to Athens. The island has retained its natural charm and is one of the hidden gems of the Cycladic islands. As the island has few hotels, private villas are offered for rent. Most of these houses are made of local stone and are unique in their architecture. The island has 45 beaches, most of them accessible be boat. For those that are looking for a relaxing holiday with sun, sea and good food, Kea (also known as Tzia) is the ideal place to take your family and have a great vacation.
This particular house is 10 minutes from the harbor of Kea, called Korissia and 3 minutes from the main town/village (chora) called Ioulitha. Near Ioulitha is a large super market and in Ioulitha itself there are restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Fifteen to 20 minutes from the house are the sandy beaches of Spathi, Xyla, Pisses, Koundouraki, Otzia, Gialiskari and many more. The picturesque Marina of Vourkari, well known to the yachting crown is 15 minutes from the house and offers some very good fish restaurants, cafes, bars and a couple of boutiques.
The house is 120 sq meters on a 1,000s meters plot of land near Chora (Ioulitha). Outside there is a swimming pool and terrace from where one has a breathtaking view of the surrounding area and the sea. Near the swimming pool there is a shaded dining/seating area with a BBQ. The ground floor of the house has a living room with fireplace and large windows that again give one a fantastic sea view. Near dining area there is a fully equipped kitchen and a w.c. Near the kitchen there are stairs leading to an open-plan area that overlooks the living room, which can be used as the third bedroom. The floor below the ground level has two bedrooms and two bathrooms., both bedrooms lead on to covered balconies that over great views of the surrounding area and the sea.
Amenities: Oven, Hobs, refrigerator, dishwasher, filter coffee machine, Espresso machine, multi-blender, juice extractor, washing machine, mosquito blinds, fireplace, swimming pool, BBQ, internet, flat screen TV, Playstation 3, stereo, 3 sunbeds, outdoor dining for 8 people, parking.
Facilities: three bedrooms with double beds, two bathrooms with showers, one guest w.c.
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Greek
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely, well situated house full of character
My wife, daughter and I stayed here mid to late August and we had a great time. We were met by the welcoming, efficient and knowledgable Maria Lemos who drove us to the house, kindly helping with a stop en-route at the supermarket for supplies as we had arrived late evening.
The house is set above and behind Ioulida with an unrivalled view back across the Aegean to the mainland peninsula. The sun sets here so prepare so spend a lot of time photographing the sunsets - you can literally watch it sink behind the distant mountains. I'd advise a car but there's a fine restaurant, supermarket and bakery a short(ish) walk away all near Kea Villas. Also, there's a reliable if slightly infrequent bus service in summer. (www.kea.gr/index.php/el/tourismos/dromologia-leoforion). Taxi's are also affordable to the main towns but if you want to go to Karthea for example you'll pay 25 Euros each way.
The house itself is cosy and comfortable with a small but impressively equipped kitchen (Dishwasher, two coffee machines, juicer, fridge freezer etc - but no microwave). Living area is fine with table and chairs and sofa but we ate outside every day where you have the choice of two terraces and tables, one more protected from the sometimes gusty wind. There's a very attractive mezzanine level inside where our daughter loved to play and read. Downstairs there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms (on en-suite) with a utility room and washing machine. The pool is brilliant with a great view again and room for sun loungers.
Nowhere is prohibitively far on Kea so you can get to wherever you need to go quickly and enjoy the wonderful sights, tastes and people of this beautiful island. Heartily recommended.
Just the perfect house
Thank you. I am glad you had a good time and enjoyed your stay.
Kea, also known as Tzia is one of the closest islands to mainland Athens. There are three to 4 ferry boats a day going to and from the island. Tzia, is not a tourist island, though recently it has become known. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday Kea is the Island for you. Kea was an independent Islands with 4 kings (B.C.). Until about 300 years ago there were 95,000 inhabitants, now there are 1,800. As there are very few hotels, mostly private residents are rented out in the summer months. Beaches- Koundouraki (to the south), Otzia (to the north), Gialiskari (to the west), Xyla (to the west) and Spathi (to the East), Pisses (to the south west), are all organized sandy beaches. At Koundouraki and Spathi they also have water sports. Of course there are many more beaches that you can go to by car (all sandy) Kalidonixi, Orco, Sikamia and the list goes on. If you want to explore some remote sandy beaches, you will only be able to access them by boat. Walking trails - Kea also has about 13 to 15 well known ancient walking trails. Some for beginners and others for experiences trekkers. Boats for hire - If you have a boat license you can rent a small speed boat and go to some of the inaccessible beaches (weather permitting). If you do not have a license there is a diving shop that has experienced captains that can take you round the island. Scuba Diving - There is a professional scuba diving club, working out of Vourkari and Koudouros. Kea has some of the best known ship wrecks just off its shores. The Britannic, the sister ship of the Titanic is just off the coast of Kea (about 120 meters down). She is the biggest ship in the world that is down at the bottom of the sea in one piece. There are also some French, Spanish, British and Greek ships down. Kea also has some nice reefs. So if you like diving, a great experience. Last year was the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Britannic, National Geographic, BBC and filming crews from all over the world came to Kea. Ruins - A lot of Kea has ruins, as the island had 4 kings, each kingdom with its own currency. The kingdoms were in Korissia, Pisses, and Karthea. Karthea, on the south east side of the island was made a UNESCO world heritage site this summer (2017). Karthea was discovered about 120 years ago, partially below the sea. Though a lot of the artifacts are not on site any more, it is mostly intact. Karthea is considered the second Acropolis of Greece. Local Products - Tzia is known for some great local products. The honey they produce, is I believe the best you can find anywhere. The local meat is also considered very good, they come from Athens to buy meat. The olive oil is also very good as are the jams and some of the local wines. Roads - Not all the roads on Kea are concrete, this I believe adds to its charm and the idea of being on a island. Chora- Ioulida, is nestled in the hills, 12 minutes from the Port. Chora has narrow cobbled street, no cars are allowed inside the town. It has restaurants, cafes, some boutiques, bakers, mini-market, chemist, medical center,supermarket (3 minutes away), a wine bar, museum. the ancient castle (ruins) and the famous stone Lion (9 B.C.), just outside the town. Korissia - the Port. The port has 2 bakeries, a supermarket, chemist, ice cream ship, pizza, bars, a fishmongers, a butchers, cafes, restaurants. At night they close the road and all the tables are laid right up to the end of the pier. You can even buy fresh fish straight from the local fishing trawlers and fresh vegetables off the back of a farmers truck. Vourkari - The picturesque Marina. Vourkari is 2 minutes by car from the Port. Vourkari has some well known fish taverans, some bars, cafes and boutiques. You can find some fresh fish here or enjoy a meal of lobster spaghetti, a well known delicacy of one of the restaurants. Vourkari, like Korissia have quite a busy night life. Otzia - the blue lagoon. Otzia is to the north of the island, about 7 minutes from the port. Otzia has two restaurants and is ideal for people with small children. Koudouros - Koundouros is to the south of the island, it has 4 sandy beaches, the best known is Koundouraki, which has water sports.Koundouros are also three restaurants and a bar. Koundouros does not have any shops, nearby 10 minutes by car is Pisses which has two restaurants and a well equipped mini-market. Sunsets - The west side of the island offers some spectacular sunsets, so get the camera ready. Getting around the island -The island has 6 taxis, the drivers are all friendly and helpful. There are three rent-a-car shops on the island, but I suggest booking a car well in advance or you can bring one over on the ferry boat. Kea a holiday to remember!!