730 06 Crete
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This 200-year old farmhouse in the hills surrounded by olive groves and fruit trees is a wonderful place to stay. The setting is rural and ever so quiet, while the sea is only a ten minutes’ drive away. Sounds good, no? It gets even better. Owner George Digardakis and his young staff will do everything they can to make you feel at home, serving a traditional Cretan breakfast in the morning and home-cooked dinners at night. You will sleep in a room that offers the perfect combination of warm traditional aesthetics and great comfort. The huge garden has many little sitting corners shaded by fruit trees, while centuries-old olive trees to climb and ‘secret’ little places make it a paradise for children. There’s a large swimming pool and for true indulgence you can enrol in a spa-programme.
What makes it special to me:
The comfort, the setting, the quiet, the charm, the meals, the welcome, the spa, the large pool, and I could go on!
But what you should keep in mind:
You absolutely need a car to go to the beach. Also beware that the interiors of Villa Elanthi are not as charming as the main guesthouse.
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|Accommodation||3 double rooms |
4 rooms for up to 3 persons
2 maisonette rooms (rooms on two levels) for up to 4 persons
1 villa for up to 8 persons (note that this is a modern villa which is not furnished and decorated in the same 'country style' as the rooms in the guesthouse itself)
En-suite bathroom (bath or shower)
Small sitting room with a fireplace
A traditional Cretan breakfast is served in the restaurant, as late (or early) as you'd like. For lunch you can order some light dishes like salads, sandwiches and typical Cretan dakos (crunchy rye bread with chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, topped with oregano and olive oil). For dinner you can have excellent home-cooked meals, but you have to order it in the morning. If on your day of arrival you’d like to have dinner at the guesthouse, it is best to call the guesthouse a day in advance to let them know (though usually they will make sure there's dinner for arriving guests anyway).
Elia is situated in the midst of a 15-acre olive and fruit tree estate in the hills of western Crete, 25 km west of Hania. There’s a small village about 5-10 minutes’ walk away. The sea (as well as beaches, restaurants and shops) are about 6 km from the guesthouse.
There are several ways to get to Crete. There’s an international airport at Iraklion and another airport at Hania, and ferries from Piraeus arrive at Hania, Rethymno, Iraklion and Agios Nikolas further east. If you stay at Elia, a ferry or plane to Hania is the best choice, as you will avoid the 130 km drive from Iraklion (for which you should count about two hours). If you arrive by car, you should take the exit for for Kolymbari and Spilia from the national road from Hania to Kissamos, and turn left towards Spilia. Pass through Spilia following signs for Ano Vouves. You first come across Kato Vouves, and as you enter Ano Vouves, turn left (i.e. don’t go up the hill). After you drive past a few houses, you stick to the left, and after a few hundred metres you will see a sign on your left for Elia.
Verdant hills, sleepy little villages, wonderful beaches, olive groves, wild mountains, deep gorges and also a historic town, this western province on the island of Crete has it all.
Start with the capital Hania. Skip the modern part and stick to the historical centre. Set within centuries-old fortifications and built amphitheatrically around its picturesque old harbour, its history dates back to the Minoan period. Throughout the centuries it has been under Roman, Arab, Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish rule. The old Venetian harbour is always full of life. The only lull is in that short interval between the ending of the last animated discussions on the terraces lining the waterfront, and the arrival of the first fishermen that come to take their brightly painted caiques out to the sea. The narrow, pedestrian backstreets are a tad quieter, but with little boutiques and art shops, cafés and small restaurants, they too are usually bustling with life. It is a place where you could easily spend two or three days wandering around the narrow alleyways and sitting by the sea. Your walks will take you past the old fortifications, Turkish hammams and minarets, churches and monasteries, and several museums worth a visit (the
Large parts of the coast west of the town are lined with beaches, most are good; several are downright amazing. On the northwest finger, take the 9km dirt road north, which will take you to Balos beach. White sand, shallow turquoise water, we’re talking lagoon. There is a very similar beach, Elafonisi, near the south-western tip of
The countryside of the province (and rest of
Read here what others said about Elia
Jo and her staff are great hosts. In house dinner was delicious.
We were extremely pleased with our two centre holiday at White River Cottages, followed by a week at Elia. The accommodation in both cases was excellent and more than expected, and service/staff were wonderful and well informed. Both places were in unspoiled areas with much to discover. Thank you for the wonderful experience.Jeffrey K.
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