|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
Located in the traditional village of Pendamodi in the Heraklion area, the two-storey Christina Villa 2 of the Christina Villas complex offers the unique combination of peace along with modern comforts and easy access to the City life. At a distance of just 15kms from Heraklion, the capital of Crete, also the north beaches and the E4 walking path, Pendamodi is an ideal location for excursions to every corner of the island, even though few of the guests usually decide to leave the hospitality and warmth of Christina and of the village.
Christina Villa has an architecture inspired from the local traditional aesthetics. The private pool adds to the characteristics of the discreet luxury and decorates the nights of the veranda. Large open plan lounge with integrated dining area, a fireplace and full equipment, complete the comfort and relaxation that the guests enjoy when they do not choose to gaze and wonder at the mountain view, tapestry of olive groves and vineyards.
Located in the traditional village of Pendamodi in the Heraklion area, the two-storey Christina Villas offer the unique combination of peace along with modern comforts and easy access to the City life. At a distance of just 15kms from Heraklion, the capital of Crete, also the north beaches and the E4 walking path, Pendamodi is an ideal location for excursions to every corner of the island, even though few of our guests usually decide to leave the hospitality and warmth of Christina and of the village. Christina Villas have an architecture emanating from the local traditional aesthetics. Each of the private pools add to the characteristics of the discreet luxury and decorates the nights of the veranda. Large open plan lounges with integrated dining areas, fireplaces and full equipment, complete the comfort and relaxation that you can enjoy when you do not choose to gaze and wonder at the mountain view, tapestry of olive groves and vineyards.
About Christina Villas: Christina Villas was a project completed in 2003. Thanassis Paspalakis, founder and Director of Zakros Tours did see the obvious, that Pendamodi, the village where he was born could be, due to beauty and location, an ideal place for alternative and high quality tourism. He created a complex of 11 superb villas, featuring one of Crete's best properties.
As a specialist in tourism Thanassis, did understand what his guests would want from their distinctive vacations.
Our long experience in “philoxenia” [hospitality in ancient and modern Greek] is always there for our guests. Our will is to treat our guests mostly as family friends coming on vacation, rather than a client as meant by hospitality sciences.
Christina complex, was named after the mother of Thanassis, an adorable woman, married to Manolis Paspalakis, owner of the Kafeneion founded in 1930 and renovated by his grand-grand son Giorgos in 2005.
Coast/beach and eating outdoors: 15 km from the famous Ammoudara Beach (15 minutes drive). Ammoudara Beach is 6 kms long and is famous among locals and foreigners for its thin golden sand. It has parts with a lot of people, while others with few, also it has restaurants, cafes, water sports, beach bars.
Another choice near, recommended from our guests is Lygaria , a more quiet and family beach, located at a gulf, suitable for windy days. Amnissos, Karteros and Paliokastro beaches are also within short drive distances.
There are two traditional 'kafenions' in Pendamodi one of which also serves traditional 'mezes', Giorgos' 'Mezedopoleion', a mix of Cretan cafe and taverna, highly recommended by our guests for his hospitality and dishes. Additionally, a selection of brilliant local taverns can be found within a few kilometers in the surrounding villages and the Christina complex modern snack café is always an alternative and on site
Special interest holidays / Service: Courses on Greek History and Literature can take place on special demand by the candidate doctor of Philology, Adonis Paspalakis.
On this vacation you are not going to be alone: For the best service we will support your holiday during your stay, guaranteeing that you will get the most of your vacation: An information book with local sightseeing, tavernas, beaches and general information will be provided.
Born Cretan, studied Philology at the university of Thessaloniki for my bachelor, University of Crete for my master , and currently again at Thessaloniki for my Phd, I am working in tourism at our local family firm, Zakros Tours, since 2005.
Adonis Paspalakis purchased this villa in 2002
Being the village of my father, Pendamodi is really the place of my ancestors. Our family built the Christina Villas complex to offer our guests an insight at the traditional cretan way of life which can not be found in the "industrialized" resorts.
Christina Villas are combining both cretan tradition and modern amenities, while having a private garden and pool per villa, offers guests the chance to relax and enjoy their vacation. The location of the village is a great, as being away from the city but on the same time very near to it. Also, the villas are a fantastic base to explore the whole island.
Endroit calme et bien situé pour ceux qui veulent, comme nous, visiter le pays
Excellent accueil avec même un panier pour le premier petit déjeuner, ménage fait tous les 3 jours en même temps que les draps et linge de maison sont changés.
La location de voiture a été parfaite, une personne nous attendait à l'aéroport D'Héraklion et nous a même amenée jusqu'a la maison. Des conseils de visites intéressants nous ont été prodigués par le loueur.
La « taverna » du village est excellente, l’épicière, ouverte quasiment en permanence, offre le minimum nécessaire.
Nous recommandons cet endroit la description est parfaitement conforme à la réalité
My family and I visited Christina Villa's last August and enjoyed a great, relaxing holiday in the traditional village of Pendamodi.
The villa was to a high standard with good facilities, plenty of space and privacy. The property had a lovely garden incorporating a swimming pool, BBQ area and good sitting areas to accomodate those who enjoy the sun or those who prefer a shaded area.
Pool and Villa cleaning was carried out on a regular basis by friendly, and helpful staff to a good standard.
On arrival we received a warm welcome from Adonis and his family and they remained helpful and available throughout our stay.
We enjoyed good local cuisine in Pendmodi as well as great restaurants in the surrounding villages, all to a high standard at affordable prices.
For those who are looking for a quiet realxing break in a traditional village not too far from the capital Iraklion( Heraklion) and the major attractions we would highly recommend Christina Villa's.
We have visited the beautiful Island of Crete many times but usually stayed in a coastal resort. When we saw Christina Villa we decided to give it a try.
The villa is fantastic, very private and the villages were marvelous.
The people were very friendly, and the food at the taverna was really
We would definately go back and recommend it for a truely relaxing
Manolis is the owner and couldn't do enough for us, he is a truely
lovely , genuine person.
We had a fantastic stay in this luxurious villa back in Sept.
The facilities were great and the owners were brilliant. The villa is owned by a local family who take real pride in their work and hospitality - they went to great trouble to ensure we had a good stay - advising us on local beaches, site seeing, restaurants etc. We even got a competitive car hire deal through Zakros Tours.
We really enjoyed chatting to both Georgious (?) & Adonis about life in Crete, which gave us further insight into the culture.
The local taverna (also owned by the same family) cooked up some delish dishes. This (coming from a fussy eater) is not to be snuffed at!!
I really couldn't fault the team or the villa - If you're going to Crete, this is the place to stay.
If you want to experience *real* Crete, this is the place for you. Situated in the hills south of Heraklion, there are lots of places to explore nearby & excellent tavernas and cafes. The owners & managers of the villa were extraordinarily generous with their time & very thoughtful--so much so that I felt badly about the amount of time of theirs we consumed. And what's more, they can help you rent a car, which you'll need.
In the village is a lovely cafe/taverna with *excellent* food, and the owners were very thorough to point us to lots of other great places to eat & visit. Strongly recommended.
Située à une vingtaine de minutes au sud de Héraklion, la location est localisée dans le village de Pentamodi, petit village très calme et charmant.
Nous avons été accueillis par Giorgos à notre arrivée à l'aéroport d'Héraklion, que nous avons suivi en voiture jusqu'à la villa. C'est un service extrêmement appréciable car le réseau routier crètois est assez chaotique et les panneaux pas toujours claires...
La villa est globalement bien entretenue et globalement bien équipée, bien que peu lumineuse au rez de chaussée (contrairement à ce qui apparaît sur les photos). En effet, nous étions contraint d'allumer la lumière en pleine journée. Par contre, la villa reste très fraîche, ce qui est appréciable lorsque la température extérieure est élevée.
Le seul point dérengeant, mais qui doit se retrouver dans la plupart des habitations crètoises, est la présence incessante de fourmis qui sautent sur la moindre occasion pour investir plan de travail et placards de la cuisine et s'attaquer à toutes les denrées alimentaires. Du coup, on finit par tout renger au frigo, même le pain...
Pour résumer, c'est une très bonne location si l'on recherche des vacances au calme et au soleil et que l'on n'a pas peur de faire un peu de kilomètres pour visiter. Toutes les personnes que nous avons eu l'occasion de rencontrer étaient très disponibles et discrètes (Giorgos passe faire l'entretien de la piscine plusieurs fois par semaine) et nous ont donné de bons conseils. Je recommande donc vivement !
Pendamodi is one of the oldest villages of Crete and it is not without importance, that Stefanos Sahlikis wrote his poems there beginning this way in the middle of the 14th century, the Renaissance of Cretan and Greek literature. Today there are a few inhabitants who are well known for their hospitality and sociability.
The village layout, cobbled roads and stone-built houses maintain the design, architecture and structure of the old days. Conveniently located just 15 kilometers from the island’s capital Heraklion, yet a million miles away from its hustle and bustle, some excellent walking country is almost on your doorstep, with the European Hiking Path passing close to the nearby village of Ano Assites, and encompassing many Byzantine Chapels, ravines, river valleys and holly forests, it is truly a place of outstanding natural beauty.