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Villa Magical View makes a great base for exploring the mountains and coastline of Western Crete or as a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the sea views and local beach. The house is well appointed and equipped with most things you’d need, and Birgitta was a great host. The narrow winding roads leading down to the property are a little alarming in places but you soon get used to it! We would definitely come back again.
The villa has everything you need for a really comfortable stay. It is clean and modern with two lovely en-suite bathrooms, well equipped kitchen and comfortable living room. The pool is great, with a wonderful view of the bay below with amazing sunsets.
The drive from Chania airport is straightforward and Kissamos, the nearest town with large supermarkets, shops, cafes and restaurants/bars is about 20 minutes away.
The villa is in the lovely quiet village of Sfinari - all you can hear are the waves and the local sheep. It’s a ten minute walk down the hill to the small beach with 3 tavernas and free sun beds and a five minute walk up to the village centre with 3 more tavernas and a couple of shops. We had lovely meals and such friendly service at Antonio’s on the village road and also from Yiannis and his family at the Thalami taverna on the beach that we didn’t really eat anywhere else, although all of the restaurants have had good reviews from other guests. We loved the shingle beach which was never crowded and, although we drove to the famous and beautiful Elafonissi beach one day, it was too busy and commercialised for us and were happy at Sfinari.
Above all, Vassilis our host was great. We arrived late evening to an absolutely delicious home-cooked meal of stuffed peppers to pop in the oven to reheat and salad, cheese, bread, wine - a lovely warm welcome. There were also little things such as dishwasher tablets, salt, pepper, herbs, olive oil etc which mean you don’t have to go out shopping when you’re only staying for a week. Vassilis helped us to find our bearings and had great advice about places to visit. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.