This apartment is located a few meters away from the sea in the idyllic seaside village Keratokampos! Apartment “Elia” combines the natural landscape, the peace and quiet with the comfort and relaxation you may need during your holiday! This gorgeous apartment overlooks beautiful rural landscapes whereas few meters away you can admire sunsets to the endless Libyan Sea!
The apartment takes its name from the olive tree, the symbol of the ancient goddess “Athena”, but also the tree from which nowadays extra virgin olive oil is produced. And it is designed to offer to you all the amenities during your stay, so that the experience of Crete island will stay unforgettable!
It can accommodate up to four people and it is ideal for families and even groups of friends! At a single ground floor there is a comfortable double built-bed and two single built-in coaches, which can accommodate one person each! In the same sunny and pleasant room, there is also a dining table, a large closet for your luggage, a fully equipped kitchen with all the utensils necessary to taste delicious culinary Cretan products and a comfortable bathroom!
During hours of relaxation and staying in your apartment, we provide you with unlimited wireless internet and TV with satellite channels! As for our Cretan hot summer days, you do not need to worry because the apartment includes air-condition!
The exterior of the property is configured to provide you with extra comfort and relaxation! There is a spacious terrace with wonderful mountain views with space available to spread your clothes, while in front of the apartment there is another furnished terrace overlooking the amazing lush communal garden!
The village “Keratokampos”
The village of Keratokampos is located 68 km from Heraklion! It is an idyllic seaside place with countless pristine and quiet beaches and lots of traditional tavernas to enjoy fresh fish and delicious Cretan recipes! In the area there are also cafes for a relaxing coffee in front of the sea, supermarket covering all your needs, clinic and pharmacy!
The village has still a gallery which operates throughout the year with pieces of art of many famous Greek artists! Yet, every summer in the village you can enjoy concerts and other cultural events at the stone theater named “Kokolas”!
Beaches near the Apartment
Armenopetra is located 73 km southeast of Heraklion and 5 km east of the seaside village of Keratokampos. The name is taken from the rock in the middle of the beach, reminiscent of boat sails. It has small pebbles, mixed with sand and shallow turquoise waters. The region is not developed at all and there is nothing around except some greenhouses growing bananas and vegetables. So you can easily find a spot on the beach where you will be yourself.
Kastri is located 72km southeast of Heraklion, in the sheltered bay of Keratokampos! Kastri has the unique harbor in the region, serving the local fishermen and boats. Adjacent to the port (on west), there is a small beach. It is a beautiful sandy beach, with many tamarisk trees around, which is not organized!
West of the beach Kastri, there is the larger beach of Skouros. It is a beautiful beach with sand and pebbles, which is not too crowded. Along the beach there is a line of trees, where you can find shade. Moreover, wonderful rock formations in and out of the sea break the monotony of the shore. Especially, in the west part, there is a large rock called Skouros, which gives its name to the beach. It is a good choice for camping and leisure!
Dermatos is located 5 km west of Keratokambos. It is formed in a small valley on the western banks of the river Anapodaris. Dermatos is a stunning beach with pebbles and sand, perfect for relaxation and staying remote. All around there is nothing other than olive groves and tamarisk trees on the beach. The sea water is relatively shallow and has a wonderful blue color. It is a favorite destination of campers and nudists, because it is very quiet, but still very close to the well-developed Tsoutsouras. To access the beach, follow the paved road that starts from Tsoutsouras and heads westwards to Keratokampos!
Places of Interest near the Apartment
Portela Gorge is located at the south of the prefecture of Iraklion. The canyon starts from village Hondros and its exit is in Keratokampos. It is one of the most dangerous canyons in Greece! However, there is a walkable trail path running aside the gorge, which runs from Hondros to Keratokampos. During winter and early spring it has large quantity of water. The canyon has 25 technical descents and the highest is 30m, the altitude difference between entrance and exit is 340m. It is a very beautiful and yet wild gorge, that's why it is a legend of the region and considered as one of the most known canyons of Crete alongside with Ha and Arvi. The canyon is intersected by five faults which are responsible for its creation alongside with the gully erotion!
Kavousi canyon is located near Keratokampos in Dikti Mountain. The total length is 1km and the altitudinal difference between entrance and exit is 170m. For the canyoners, there are 10 technical descents and the highest is the second one which is 20m high. Running water occurs during late winter and spring mainly after heavy rainfall. The gorge is also accesible for a stroll, at a smaller part of it. Walking in the riverbed from Keratokampos is very easy and can be combined with a bath in the Libyan Sea. It is proposed to visit Kavousi in early summer, when no water blocks the passages. The trail starts from Agia Moni monastery and comes along (and in parts aside) the gorge!
Breakfast can be included at your accommodation with an extra charge which is served at the local tavern “KRITI” just 50 meters away from the apartment!
Within walking distance from the apartment, you can participate in pleasant activities such as fishing, but also participate in various festivals depending on the season you visit Keratokampos! You could also enjoy hiking to the mountains in the surrounding areas, such as those at ‘’ Kavousi Gorge’’ and ‘’ Portela Gorge’’. Moreover cycling is a recommended activity as there are wonderful trails in the village, if you rent bikes! Don’t forget to try the horse riding experience, as it will never be forgotten!
During your stay at the studio it is highly recommended that you hire a car so that you are able to visit all the beautiful attractions and places of interest in the area! You also could use the bus that arrives to Keratokampos from mid-June to mid-September (one itinerary in the morning and one in the noon). For the rest of the time there is a bus that arrives till the village Viannos.
Please do not hesitate to contact me in case of emergency or if you need any information! I will only ask you to behave as if it were you own apartment!