The windmill is built with local stone, fitting perfectly with the surrounding environment. A classic Cretan windmill design, which in our days rarely exists in some areas of the island. The inside space was cleverly converted into a two bedroom house. It is located in a 12,000 sq mt garden with a view over Sitia bay.
It is fully furnished/air conditioned and consists of a reception room with a working fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen/dining room, a bedroom with 2 single beds and fitted wardrobe, a wooden loft with 1 double bed, a fitted wardrobe, a bathroom with shower and a laundry room.
The white stone courtyard includes a coffee table made from an old windmill grinding stone. The house is surrounded by an olive grove, a vineyard, a vegetable garden and 30-year old palm trees. It is situated 5 kilometers from the town of Sitia and the local airport and 350 metres from the seashore. The local beach is 4km away while other magnificent beaches are situated 20-40 minutes drive.
What to do in Sitia?
For history and archeology enthusiasts, Sitia's archaeological museum displays exhibits dating back to the Neolithic era in 3,500 BC while the medieval fortress of Kazarma, situated at the top of Sitia is a reminder of the town's medieval past. Furthermore, the folklore museum exhibits items from the past century such as weaving, woodcuts and other everyday life items.
During the evening you can visit one of the numerous small restaurants ('Rakadika') situated along the town's fishing port, which serve delicious variety plates along with Cretan spirit 'Raki'. And if you are up to it you can continue your night out until the early morning hours in one of the local bars and clubs.
What to do in the region?
Archeology / History / Religion
On your way to Vai and Erimoupoli you will pass from the monastery of Toplou. Here you can visit the monastery's museum with items dating back to the Ottoman empire period up to the Second World War. In Erimoupoli bay you can visit the ruins of the ancient town of Itanos. Further to the south east, Zakros is one of the four major Minoan palaces unearthed in Crete. The ruins of the palace await you at the lower entrance of the Zakros gorge.
To the east of Sitia lies Europe's only natural palm forest of Vai. In a short distance from Vai lies the bay of Erimoupoli with the ruins of the ancient town of Itanos. To the south east of the region lie the long sandy beaches and warm waters of Kserokambos. There are numerous other deserted beaches we can help you discover.
For windsurfing enthusiasts the world renowned Kouremenos beach is a must visit. The club offers equipment hire and lessons. For the hardcore athletes, the Faneromeni bay offers excellent wave conditions (depending on the weather). Here you will need to bring your own kit. Mountain bikes are a fun way to explore the region's endless olive groves. Spring and autumn is the best period for this since the weather is cooler during the day.
The areas rugged terrain offers numerous gorges that are walkable with no special equipment. First and foremost the 4km Richti gorge, near the village of Mesa Mouliana will dazzle you with the year-round waterfalls and dense vegetation all the way down to a deserted beach. The 4.5km gorge of Zakros starts at the village of Ano Zakros and meets the sea next to the archaeological site of Kato Zakros. It is one of the most impressive gorges in Crete with steep sides and dramatic rock formations. It is also known as the Gorge of the Dead because ancient Minoans buried their dead in caves high up on the gorge's sides. The 3.5km Chochlakies or Karoumes gorge ends in the magnificent and isolated bay of Karoumes.
In Sitia's 'Rakadika' and small taverns scattered in villages throughout the region you can try, apart from local meats, also some delicacies of the region cooked in locally produced olive oil, like 'chochlious' (snails cooked either with tomato or vinegar and rosemary), 'omaties' (stuffed pig intestines), 'anthous' (stuffed courgettes) and other. When you visit Toplou don't forget to grab a bite in the monastery's small tavern and purchase organic products from the monastery's extensive agricultural produce (honey, olive oil etc).