Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in Almirida - Villa Selene
PRIVATE GATED POOL to help with child safety
This villa is designed with a Gated Swimming Pool to help restrict access for young children. Parents can sit on the shaded patio and easily keep an eye on the kids. The villa sleeps 6+ in 3 double/twin bedrooms. Located in our St Basil Olive Grove, only 3 minutes drive from the beach at Almirida (sometimes spelled Almyrida), on the Apokoronas Peninsular in North West Crete (30 minute drive from Chania Airport). Only a 12 minute walk is the 1000-year old Greek village of Gavalochori with tavernas & shops. The villa is NOT built on a cramped housing development! It shares the olive grove with only 4 other villas (all owned by us) and is not directly overlooked. The road to Almyrida has only light traffic during the day and occasional vehicles at night, yet you are never far from civilization and the cafe culture and nightlife of nearby villages. Suitable for wheelchair users. CAR NOT ESSENTIAL - beach and villages within walking distance.
Swimming in nearby sandy beach of Almirida. Scuba/Snorkelling in Chania/Almirida. Windsurfing school in Almirida. Walking galore! Easy tracks straight from the door. Spectacular countryside with breathtaking views of White Mountains from villa & all bedroom terraces. Sea Fishing - tackle shop in nearby Kalives. The White Mountains dominate the area and provide a dramatic backdrop to the sandy beaches at Almirida, Kalives and Georgeoupolis. The Apokoronas area is also well known for its traditional inland villages such as Vamos, Kefalas, Plaka and Kokkino Chorio - location for the film 'Zorba The Greek'.
The large bay that makes up the seaside resorts of Almirida and Kalives has many separate, safe, sandy beaches, usually with full facilities. Almirida, is a thriving seaside resort with a windsurfing school and tavernas and bars lining the sea front. There are a couple of mini-markets, a bakery, patisserie, a wine shop and newsagents.
Mountain bikes can be hired and there is also a small taxi rank. There is a bus service to Kalives & Chania.
Kalives is a working village as well as being a tourist destination. So in addition to the beaches, tavernas, bars & tourist shops there are local shops plus a good-sized supermarket. Banking, post office and petrol station are available. Chania - a cosmopolitan city voted the most beautiful on Crete. With the White Mountains as a backdrop, its Venetian harbour, museums, fascinating indoor market & an old quarter of narrow streets packed with interesting shops, Chania offers something for most visitors.
It is a vibrant place steeped in Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish history. The harbour area is a great place to sit & watch the world go by at one of the sea-front tavernas. Charter Flight time 4 hours from UK airports to Chania (1/2 hour drive) or Heraklion (2 hour drive). We can also advise on reliable local car hire at reasonable cost with good English speaking staff.
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
About John Dunn
Hi there We are owners Marcus Milton and John Dunn. Together with our two families, we co-own and manage our estate of 5.5 acres of olive grove in North West Crete. On this land we have built 4 spacious rental villas, each with private pools. With 200 trees olive trees on site we also harvest the oil and bring back to the UK the best fresh olive oil you are likely to have tasted.
John Dunn purchased this villa in 2005
Why John Dunn chose Almirida
As we own the whole plot, we have been able to control the building of these houses so that they are completely detached and not immediately overlooked. We feel this is very important to the comfort and ambiance of our guests who do not want to feel as though they are living on top of other villas!
Guestbook comments from the manager
Many thanks for letting out your villa to us. We had a fantastic holiday. The villa is beautifully situated, and we enjoyed staying there. Really beautiful setting, great villa, very helpful assistance from Mark when needed, gorgeous pool, THE most wonderful taverna in nearby Gavalochori, and we genuinely hope to go there again - probably not next year, but almost certainly 2013!
Alison, Aug 2011