Pool villa for up to 12 people on the north coast of Crete.1/8Unwind and relax
Crete | The beach is too full or too far away? These holiday houses all have an own pool and guarantee you an abundance of bathing fun.
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Pool villa for 8 people along the northern coast of Crete.2/8Ideal views
Crete | These holiday apartments and houses offer with direct sea view ideal conditions for your next Greece vacation.
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Stone house for 12 people located in the mountains above Rethymno3/8Constructed from old stones
Crete | Natural stone houses in an idyllic location are typical for Crete. Not only do they lend your holiday a certain charm, but they also remain conveniently cool in the summer heat
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Apartment hotel with studios for up to four people in Eprius.4/8Holiday in a holiday park
Greece | In many holiday parks you’ll also get enjoyment from services and leisure offers along with well-equipped accommodation.
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Superbly furnished holiday home for up to ten people on the island of Sifnos.5/8White houses
Greece | A particular style of architecture has developed in Greece‘s island world. You‘ll find traditional whitewashed houses here – often adorned with characteristic blue door and window frames.
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Where Zeus used to bathe
Crete | Crete is the most popular holiday destination for those people who want to spend their holiday in Greece. Due to the diverse countryside the biggest island in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea provides the holiday maker with many alternatives and options. Regardless whether you are seeking a holiday on the beach (more than 1000 kilometers of coastline), want to undertake a hiking tour to the mystic places related to the Greek Gods or just would like to take a stroll through one of the many attractive towns every holidaymaker will find this island an absolute paradise. Crete also welcomes families with children with open arms. The beaches offer the smallest family members a lot of space to play and explore. Those interested in exploring the sea world further down will find a selection of scuba diving schools where you can make your diving license. A popular daytrip is the under nature conservation protected Palm Beach of Vai which can be found on the east side of the island. It is referred to as the Caribbean beach of Europe as its characteristics are a fine white sandy beach surrounded by old palm trees. One of the most beautiful and longest beaches Crete offers can be found in Rethymnon. This is a tourist town with many fish taverns in a Venetian port and numerous small souvenir shops.
One of the main attractions of Crete is the Samaria Gorge on the south side of the island which is the longest in Europe. Those who dare may take a hike along the cliffs. In the Diktaean Cave, that is one of 3000 mountain caves to be found on Crete, you can experience the starting point of Greek Mythology. A legend has it that Zeus was born and raised in the cave of Psycho which is located in Lasithi in Eastern Greece not far away from Heraklion. Another popular tourist attraction is the palace of Knosso which is one of the most well known archeological excavation sites in the world.
When paying a visit to the town of Heraklion you must plan to visit the archaeological museum as it is regarded as one of the most spectacular of its kind with unique artifacts. To round off a lovely day you should also plan to look up one of the many taverns. Here you can take in and be enchanted by the Greek folklore with Mediterranean flair until late into the night.
This is how holiday rental owners described Anatoli
show more to the sea.The location is ideal for all seasons vacationing, combining in summer the refreshing coolness of the mountains with easy access to the sea,while in winter being the "the warmest and sunniest part of Greece" is ideal for long term rentals. The 20 minutes ride to the capital of Ierapetra or to the beaches is rewarding, offering spectacular views of gigantic rocks and sea glimpses below. As the village is built against a steep slope, car access is restricted.
Sandy beaches extend either to the northeast (the gulf of Mirabello), or to the southeast (Libyan Sea), reachable within 20 min. At Kalo Chorio (ancient site “Istron”) is found one of the most famous beaches of Crete with azure, shallow waters, “Voulisma”, while east of Ierapetra extend kilometers of sandy beaches and small sea gulfs, marked with BLUE FLAG, among which the best are Agia Galini (next is Kakkos Bay Hotel, laid out in another beautiful gulf and open to the public),Agia Fotia, Ferma, Koutsounari etc.
A. IN THE VILLAGE
MANOLI’ s Tavern - on the main upper main road of the village - local, simple, inexpensive food.
Kalamafka Village - 5 km-a village known for its taverns with good, inexpensive food.
AGIA PARASKEVI Tavern - village to the west of Anatoli- The tavern is set against a rock with water spring, huge trees and offers excellent Cretan food.
Villa Malles – in the village MALLES west of ANATOLI - a new Coffee-Restaurant House with very good light Cretan cuisine.
IERAPETRA CITY: Water front laid out as an esplanade with bars, restaurants, coffee houses, pizza, fish tavernas etc In the area of the old fortress I distinguish the Napoleon tavern with certified Cretan Cuisine and Gorgona tavern with fresh seafood.
This part of Crete has some of the most renowned monuments: Below a proposed list representative of all periods, combining archaeological interest and natural environment of outstanding beauty.
ARCHAOLOGICAL SITE OF ZAKROS (the fourth palatine site of Minoan Crete). Descend to the seashore picturesque village of Nea Zakros, for swimming and eating in isolation.
MINOAN CITY OF LATO, flourished during classical and Hellenistic periods, is located on the outskirts of Agios Nicolaos, where you can admire the model of planning of an archaic Greek city, also recognizable in Roman cities, and depicted, as prevailing idea in cities through ages, even close to modern times (ex. Regency Street, London as an attractive city spine with monuments).
GOURNIA excavated recently (1900) also in a beautiful landscape.
On the way to Lato, stop at the Byzantine Church of PANAGIA KERA, all frescoed 13th- 14th century in pre renaissance style, before it flourished in the West with the fall of Constantinople.
MONI TOPLOU, frescoed 14th c. medieval monastery and important castle stronghold during Venetian times. Swim in famous VAI BAY with fine sand and Palm trees and visit Itanos, the last eastern city of Minoan times.
PALAIKASTRO, a Minoan village and a hellenistic sanctuary, devoted to Zeus Diktaius. It has an impressive site by the seashore.
The PYCHRO or DIKTAION CAVE, an impressive archaeological site. A Minoan to Archaic period sanctuary of Zeus.
SPINALOGA CASTLE fortified island (from Venetian times, now a museum area).
ARCHAEOLOGICALl COLLECTIONS of Agios Nikolaos and Ierapetra.
CHRYSSI ISLAND-Ierapetra port:-One day excursion to the tiny island famous for its sand beaches.
The location is ideal for all seasons vacationing, combining the refreshing coolness of the mountains with easy access to the sea. The 20 minutes ride to the capital of Ierapetra or to the beaches is rewarding, offering spectacular views of gigantic rocks and sea glimpses below. Splendid sand beaches and gulfs extend on either side of Ierapetra while restaurants and taverns are to be found in the village and its vicinity, as well as on the coastal area of Ierapetra.
WHERE TO SWIM: Sandy beaches extend either to the northeast (the gulf of Mirabello), or to the southeast (Libyan Sea). At Kalo Chorio (ancient site “Istron”) are found two of the most famous beaches of Crete with azure waters, “Voulisma” and “Agios Panteleymon”, while east of Ierapetra extend kilometers of sandy beaches and small sea gulfs, among which the best are Agia Galini (next is Kakkos Bay Hotel, laid out in another beautiful gulf and open to the public), Agia Fotia, Ferma, Psaropoula, Koutsounari etc.
On the other side of Ierapetra the village of Myrtos offers also a beautiful, sandy beach. Beyond Myrtos extend very interesting places to visit and swim, up to Keratokampos, with beautiful, calm Cretan landscape and isolated beaches (no villages or towns around).
You should not miss a day trip to Chrissi Sand Island (the Golden Sand beach), the most renowned beach island (no building activities are allowed) in Crete. Natural environment of exceptional beauty, beach with sand and azure waters . Boat schedules from the port of Ierapetra.
SIGHTSEEING:This part of Crete has some of the most renowned monuments you should not miss on your first visit, together with others, representatives of the rich island’ s history..
Archaeological sites is ZAKROS (the fourth palatine site of Minoan Crete) set in beautiful landscape with the seashore picturesque village of Nea Zakros, for swimming and eating.
HELLENISTIC CITY OF LATO flourished during classical and Hellenistic periods, is located on the outskirts of Agios Nicolaos, where you can admire the model of planning of an archaic Greek city, also recognizable in Roman cities, and depicted, as prevailing idea in cities through ages (ex. Regency Street, London as an attractive city spine with monuments and economic activities).
On the way to Lato, stop at the Byzantine Church of PANAGIA KERA considered a unique monument of its kind in Crete, all frescoed from 13th to 14th century, depicting the techniques towards renaissance, before the style was transferred to the West with the fall of Constantinople.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF GOURNIA and MALLIA
MONI TOPLOU, frescoed medieval monastery dating from the 14th century, and important castle stronghold during Venetian times. From there you can swim in VAI BAY one of the most famous shores of Crete, with fine sand and Palm trees, and visit ITANOS, the last eastern city of Minoan times, with ideal port location for exchanges with Anatolia and Egypt.
The PSYCHRO or DIKTAION CAVE is an impressive cave and archaeological site, located at the Lassithi Plateau, near the village of Psychro. It contains a Minoan to Archaic period sanctuary of Zeus, who according to mythology was born there, before being taken to the Ideon Cave and nurtured by the goat Amaltheia. A 15 min stepped walkway or donkey ride will bring you to the entrance of the cave, while it is worth visiting some of the villages of the Plateau, like St. George, St. Constantine and also Psychro.
MILATOS CAVE- a modern history cave, now a place of memory, where 3000 locals took refuge during Turkish occupation, to be executed after its seize.
MATALA CAVES-very famous place, ideal for swimming
SPINALOGA CASTLE ISLAND from Venetian times, now an open air museum .