Villa Angelos near Almyrida ( Almirida ), Chania area, Crete - Quiet But Not Remote, Walk to Shops, Sandy Blue Flag Beach
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About John Fisher
Hello! My name is John and I look after the bookings for these 4 houses built in the lovely Saint Basil Olive Grove, just a short distance from Almyrida, Crete. Since 2005 we have been offering guests the chance to holiday in this spectacular part of the world - sharing our vision of this lovely island. You'll notice, from the text alongside,. that I speak fluent Mandarin! Before my current job managing our bookings, I lived and worked in Hong Kong for 20 years.
John Fisher purchased this Villa in 2005
Why John Fisher chose Apokoronos
The location is perfect. You can walk to the beach in half an hour and be in my favourite taverna in Gavalochory village in well under 15 minutes. After holidaying together in Spain with our friends and our own young children, we knew that building swimming pools with gates was very important. And not being overlooked! Our villas are betwee 60 - 200 metres apart from one another so you never feel hemmed in by other holidaymakers next door.This particular house actually has extra bedrooms available so you can accommodate up to 8 people in comfort Or 9 with an optional camp bed. As we charge by occupancy, this gives you real flexibility as you can add extra guests at any time up to your day of departure.
What makes this Villa unique
The views of the mountains are truly spectacular. The peace and quiet of the olive grove. It's nice to be near village life, but not too close!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Excellent villa catered for all our needs.Loved the pool,easy to book ,perfect instructions to villa etc.Thanks John. DiMauro family.
Ideal place for a large family. However, not walking distance to the village or the sea.
Hi Lone. I have to disagree with your comment about our villa not being walking distance to the sea or the village and our other guests will agree with me. It takes less than 15 minutes to walk to the centre of the village of Gavalochory (Monica's Taverna) and about half an hour to 35 minutes to Almyrida! From your villa to the Dimitra Hotel in Almyrida is your villa is precisely 2 km away!
A peaceful and tranquil place to stay
This is our second visit to Villa Angelos. The villa is large, spacious and very well equipped, peaceful and tranquil with wonderful views of the mountains. Driving and arrival instructions are very clear and accurate. The villa and outside areas were very clean and there are an excellent number of pots and pans, sharp knives, plastic glasses and cups for round the pool, all of which very few places provide. We again had a wonderful holiday and this time we did some exploring. Kalyves is nearby with wonderful beaches and Almridya is just a short drive away. For us the pool is all important and this pool is brilliant; warm, with easy access and so clean. We loved the outside areas, the views, the tranquility and space around the villa. The villa has shaded areas as well as providing sun umbrellas. We loved the new cover over the terrace which provided deep shade!
We again shopped at the Pear Tree, in Almiryda, which offers good quality, fresh local produce with a brilliant bread shop just nearby. We ate out at Monica’s in Gavalochori, which served really good, freshly prepared food under the trees and would recommend a visit. We also found a taverna in Almiryda which was also excellent. It is the last one on the left, past the Pear Tree, as you leave going towards Chania. We could not discover a name but the menu, although limited, comprises freshly cooked, delicious food. No sea view but we were happy to forgo that in return for such good food and a lovely atmosphere.
Our perfect place and we look forward to returning!
Excellent property in ideal location, lovely pool
Exactly as described. Wonderful setting for a relaxed holiday, with choice of countryside or beach or just sitting on the pool steps listening to the birds. Good tavernas in Almyrida and Gavalochori, and everywhere else we visited. Property was spacious, comfortable, clean and well equipped, and local agents were excellent. Would highly reccommend.
Many thanks for another great review Mike. We continue to make little improvements year on year!
Welcoming, well equipped villa in a great location
We have returned four times to this little group of villas, and Angelos is a favorite. You can trust the owners' descriptions: it is exactly as described, if not better. Clean, well-maintained with improvements every year, these villas are ideal for a relaxing break. You're not overlooked, and in a lovely location. The nearest village has two great tavernas, a bakery and a little supermarket. Almyrida has a wealth of sea front eateries and a safe and inviting beach. AutoClub do reasonable car hire rates and Crete is an island you'll never tire of.
Just returned from the fantastic Villa Angelos nr Almyrida. All we can say is it is Home from home providing all amenities. There is a great pool with spacious surrounding area. Rooms lovely and clean, beds comfy & Aircon in each roof with ceiling fans also. We found just having ceiling fans on through the night enough so didn't need Aircon on . It is a 20-25 minutes stroll to Almyrida. Taxi available back to the villa costing 6-8 euros. Lots lovely restaurants on sea front. Few cafes where can get lunch. The village of Gavalochori is a 10-15 minutes walk where you will find handful tavernas serving great food with a bakery and small supermarket. Easy walk too.
Almyrida is lovely with plenty of places to eat & drink and few shops. There is a bus to Chania which takes around 20 mins costing 6 euros return.
Can't fault villa and would recommend to anyone.
Almyrida Village just 2 km away (3 minutes by car, or half an hour walk) with safe, sandy beaches and great places to eat. Here is a quiet seaside resort far from the bustle of the major tourist destinations. It is the ideal choice for families with children because there is an organised beach plus shops, restaurants and an ATM. There are two sandy beaches with umbrellas & loungers for hire, plus a lifeguard. The beaches and the sea are awarded a Blue Flag every year, demonstrating they are clean and that the beach provides the necessary safety features and visitor facilities – such as free showers at various points on the seafront. The sea is quite shallow, making it ideal for small children. The eastern end of the beach has sheltered, warm waters perfect for inquisitive youngsters who like to play near the shore chasing small shoals of fish and tiny hermit crabs, or amuse themselves by building sandcastles. Very close by, and directly overlooking the beach, is a variety of family-owned tavernas where dads and mums can de-stress in the shade with a cool glass of wine while keeping an eye on the kids playing nearby. Also on the beach, there is a windsurfing school with canoes and pedalos for hire and numerous boat trips available around the coast. For the slightly more adventurous, there is a diving school where beginners can try scuba diving – and for those with PADI qualifications, a visit to the famous underwater elephant cave is to be recommended. This coastline of Crete has the best and most impressive diving in the whole of Greece.
Gavalochory – the picturesque village with 1000 years of history. Inland, just a kilometre from the villa, is the traditional village of Gavalochory. This is a large village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. There is an excellent folklore museum, revealing the history and the culture of the village. And don’t miss the Roman Wells just outside the village, a remarkable place of sunken wells where locals scollected water in ancient times. Shops include several minimarkets and a bakery. There are four tavernas – all of which offer excellent traditional Cretan cuisine.
Chania Town – 22 km away. Chania (pronounced Ha-nya) is famous for its beautiful Venetian (Italian architecture) harbour, with narrow winding cobbled streets that is every shopper's paradise, with a multitude of boutiques and jewellery vendors plus several markets. Sit at one of the many fine quayside tavernas and watch the world go by before taking a boat trip where you can go snorkelling around sheltered sandy bays of uninhabited islands. There is also the submerged wreck of a WW2 German Bomber to explore.
A good place to spend a morning is in the Maritime Museum of Crete – a multi-floor local museum full of models, graphics, memorabilia, costumes and military artefacts plus some educational video. It covers the time from ancient Minoan era to near present day and includes the famous Battle of Crete. A ‘must-see’ for anyone interested in WW2 history.
Other things to see and do
• Water Park at Limnoupolis (40 minute drive). Lots of slides providing varying levels of thrills and fun. Free sunbeds, good pools and an artificial ‘river’ where you can lie in a big rubber ring and gently float around the park.
• The Botannical Gardens of Crete (18 km south of Chania, 40 minute drive). A huge, colourful park full of fruit trees, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants from all over the world - the perfect microclimate for hundreds of plants and animals. In the midst of this vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the terrible fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The dramatic scenery here is composed of rare samples of the local flora and fauna, as well as tropical and subtropical species with new samples added regularly. There is a lake with ducks, geese and other water birds and rare species, even hawks that fly in the area. The park also has an open-air, stone atmospheric amphitheatre suitable for small (capacity for approximately 250 persons) events.
• Allied and German War Cemeteries on the outskirts of Chania (20 minute drive)
• The Samaria Gorge (1 hour drive) – at 16 km, one of the longest gorges in Europe. Open most days in the holiday season, but be prepared for a challenge.
• The Imbros Gorge (30 minute drive) – a little easier than Samaria, but still a good 8 km hike through sheer sided cliffs. Very pretty, so bring your camera. And plenty of bottled water.