|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
This design country mansion has been recently restored into a luxury vacation house with exquisite taste and personal air and character.
The house is 185 m2, enclosing a 60m2 courtyard with a 100m2 top terrace. It can accommodate up to 8 persons, since it has 5 main rooms, three of which are double bedrooms, a sitting room with Venetian style fireplace, a dining room with two couch-beds, a spacious kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. It is equipped with neoclassical furniture, art objects and paintings of contemporary Greek artists.
All rooms open either to the courtyard or the terrace, capturing breathtaking views to the sea.
It can function as a spacious, unique house for a demanding family or for two families or friendly couples, as the bedrooms accompanied by own bathrooms are laid at the ends of the house with communal areas in between.
The village of ANATOLI holds its written history from Venetian times, although Byzantine chapels, in and around it, denote a much earlier origin. It has retained its medieval architectural character and its rich natural environment, while it is at close distance to some of the most beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of southeastern Crete. At 600m altitude it captures fantastic views to the sea while being surrounded by the olive grooves, typical of the Cretan landscape, gigantic rock formations and natural spring waters.
Daily cultural excursions to archaeological sites, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, churches and chapels and natural places of outstanding beauty can be combined with swimming to these beautiful beaches, all supported by picturesque taverns.
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 .
For nature lovers don't miss an excursion to the Gorges of SARAKINA (between the villages of Anatoli and Malles) and KRITSA, the forest of SELAKANO (west of Anatoli). In Anatoli 3 walking paths start from different points of the village-marked with signs and charts- leading to the fields of the locals, that used to cultivate till recently, and with miniature chapels for their protection and worship while working there. All walking paths pass through landscapes of natural beauty.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS-COLLECTIONS OF AGIOS NICOLAOS (important) and IERAPETRA (a collection of sarcophagus only but worth visiting).
Our family group had a very successful trip to the little village of Anatoli over Christmas 2016. The house is beautifully designed & very well equipped. The interior decor is very appropriate for the style of the house & there was also an excellent open fire in the living room addding a festive touch.
The owner Ioanna had been in touch to find out what provisions were required for our arrival. It was particularly good to have local produce provided. Ioanna also gave us excellent recommendations for local cultural & historical sites in addition to restaurants.
The property is beautiful and characterful, it has plenty of room, three double bedrooms, dining room, lounge and kitchen - as well as lots of external room in the form of two terraces. The house was well stocked with everything you could possibly need. There is a walk up some steps to get to the house, and the streets are very narrow, so advise a small hire car. Anatoli is very quiet, but Ierapetra and the pretty town of Myrtos are not far away, as are other Eastern cretian towns and attractions. We chose this house partly for its proximity to the nearby donkey sanctuary where we were volunteering for the week (but you can visit there if you just want to cuddle a donkey or two!) but also because it looked so beautiful in the photos. The house was handed over to us by a lovely lady who spoke good English, it was clean and well maintained. All went very smoothly, no problems at all - we very much enjoyed staying here for the week, it was a lovely peaceful place to return to.
Lovely sized house in a very quiet mountain village. Perfect if you want peace and quiet.
Three double bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and dining room, two bathrooms, we didn't even use some of the rooms! Very well equipped kitchen, plus a laundry area separate from the house. Beautiful outside space in the form of two terraces, one at the level of the house and one on the roof which was huge! Stunning views across the mountains and down to the plateau and the sea at Ierapetra.
The property is very well decorated, traditional and very cool when the weather got hot. It was very clean and well presented.
Would recommend you hire a small car, as the streets can be quite narrow both in the village and in some of the surrounding areas. You would be rather isolated without a car, as the description suggests, there is only a tiny shop and a taverna in the village. But there are lovely walks in the area, and a lovely donkey sanctuary to visit only a few minutes car ride or 20 mins walk away. Only 25 mins drive to Ierapetra or Myrtos, which is a very sweet village on the coast. Its less than an hours drive through the mountains to Aghios Nikolaos, Elounda and Spinalonga Island.
This is a perfect place for a real quiet get away - but with better wifi than I get in the UK! There arent hoards of tourists, or many people who speak good English, but thats part of the reason to go in my opinion. We got by with hand signals and a smile!
The village ANATOLI stands on a hill behind the city of Ierapetra and is dating at lease from Venetian times while Byzantine chapels denote an even earlier existence from that period. Having kept its architectural and agricultural character is renowned for its healthy climate (dry and cool in summer, warm and sunny in winter), peaceful environment and splendid views to the sea. It is surrounded by the most beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of Southeastern Crete that lay at a distance of approximately 20-30 minutes. Daily cultural excursions to archaeological sites , historic monuments of Byzantine or Venetian period as well as of places of natural beauty (gorges, caves, sanctuary etc) of this part of Crete, can be combined with swimming to various beaches, all supported by picturesque taverns, turning every day into a unique experience.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
WINTER MONTHLY RATE: In this price are included electricity, water, telephone bills (WF is always free)
It is not included : a) fuel for central heating b) fire wood - ecolog available at 5 euros/piece and c) cleaning/linen changing-on request at 50 euros/cleaning.