Villa in Plaka, Nr. Almyrida, Crete, Greece - Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes To Plaka Square, 10 Mins To Almyrida Beach
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About Annie Robb
We love Crete and in 2003 took the plunge to buy this property. The build was completed in June '04 and we went out with our 7 wk old son to take ownership of it. We have been coming out at least once every year since then. We didn't rent it out for a number of years as we wanted to get EOT. We take any feedback given seriously, and have updated the villa as guests have suggested. This year we are particularly pleased with how it looks and the facilities it offers. The town square (well triangle) of Plaka is a few minutes walk away and the centre was used for filming part of Fiddlers on the Roof, it is a wonderful blend of old and new and still retains traditional Cretan character. Almerida and Kalyves are also close by for the beach, and cool tavernas and bars. Heaven!
Annie Robb purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Annie Robb chose Plaka
The views from this property are amazing, from the front balcony you look over the beautiful blue sea, and to the left of the property are the wonderful white mountains, snow capped, depending on the time of year. So whichever preference you can have both sea and mountain views. We fell in love with the location too, close enough to walk to the wonderful Plaka "square", and its bars and restaurants, but also far enough away to have some privacy.
What makes this Villa unique
Although the property is a bungalow, the whole of the roof is tiled - accessed via some stairs to the right of the property, and it is a perfect sun trap. We put a pergola and furniture up there too, and solar lights to enjoy in the evening. The pool area is just beautiful too, as are the landscaped gardens. Even in the hot sun, as it is in Pano Plaka (upper) there is generally a lovely breeze to cool you down (alhough the Villa itself does have air con).
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Villa Annie review July 2019 for a family of 5, including my 85 year old mum!
A great villa base for a family holiday with really flexible ‘socialising’ accommodation. The 3rd bed (sofa-bed) in the main open plan kitchen- living area ‘works’ as it’s a decent size but even with the air-con it was a challenge to get it cool enough to sleep ( we did however have temperatures up to 37 degrees). The pool is fab and actually relatively private even though shared with two other villas as everyone respects each other’s space. The best aspect of the villa is the roof terrace where the views of Souda Bay and the White Mountains are magnificent. The local tavernas to eat in Plaka are all great. Creten food is generally fab!
Wonderful views, lovely pool and gardene
First time in Crete and this was a great introduction. Fantastic views and sunsets, well equipped and comfortable villa and well placed for trips out. Went to the south coast of the island twice, good road and some nice villages. Loutro and Samaria Gorge were great as were the ruins in Aptera. Aptera Taverna not to be missed for authentic Cretan food. Chania was charming and full of character. Mhad a special m al at Taman restaurant in the back streets. Plaka village and restaurants were fine with lots of fellow Brits enjoying the footie. Annie very helpful with advice and suggestions. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
Stunning, peaceful and we'll be back
The pictures do not do the views justice. It really is incredible. The pool and grounds are fabulous, it is well equipped. It was much better than we imagined. The central square at Plaka is lovely, not touristy and has a good selection of tavernas, cafes and 2 shops. One shop the smaller one gets their produce fresh from Chania everyday,the larger one has a cheese and meat counter. To get to the square-at the bottom of the hill, go left, then first right and wind through gorgeous Greek houses to the central square. It is only 5-7 minutes walk and no problems. Some of the restaurants are not in the central square but overlooking the sea, the Sunset (on the road on the way into Almerida) and the Emerald (down a road by the Sunset). Almerida beach is great, we have older kids, who love diving off the rocks etc but if you have young kids to the left is a lovely area that is enclosed by rocks and very safe. The town has lots of restaurants and things to do, with a variety of excursions, boat trips and activities such as canoeing. On the way into Almerida on your left there is a butcher than does great meat for the bbq. We had a car and would recommend it unless all you want to do is relax in and around Plaka, you can walk to Almerida but I would not recommend the return trip uphill in the heat. Another 'up' of having a car is that you can see around the area which is very beautiful. We had a 2 cloudy days, so looked on the Islands weather forecast and got the sun in Balos lagoon and the next day a Falasarna, both are stunning.Boat trips leave from Georgioupilis that look great and on the way there are some very beautiful Greek villages to explore. Aptera is very interesting and Chania is beautiful. What I really enjoyed about this area is that it is not 'tacky', it is typically Greek and not 'touristy'. It has been developed well with no high rise hotels, so it is has style and taster and remains beautiful. Almerida is more developed but even that has no massive overpowering hotels and has charm. Annie has been very helpful answering all questions promptly and even whilst we were there replied very quickly (sorry if I was a pain Annie). Another recommendation I have is that my 17 and 18 year old came with us after a week at Annies we dropped them back at Chania then we did a tour of South and East of Crete, this worked brilliantly. In summary this was one of my top holidays and even though I say I don't return to places, I would definitely come back.
Fantastic villa! Perfect for our family
This is a great villa. It was just as the description said. It was well presented, adequately supplied with equipment, had a great pool and was clean and well maintained. The location was great being close to nearby beaches and within a short but hilly walk to the local village Tabernas. I would have no problem in recommending this villa to any of my friends or family and would be very happy to return again. Overall we had probably the best family holiday ever. A big thank you to Annie from us all!
You are all very welcome, very pleased to hear you had a great holiday, love sharing the Villa :)
Fabulous, relaxing break!
We had a very chilled out stay for a week. The weather was fantastic, the villa spot on and the best bit was the glorious pool!!!! I was in it a lot!
We were really comfortable with everything in the villa. The air conditioning was a godsend! We enjoyed gin and tonics sitting on the roof area and made great use of the restaurants and bars in the evening, especially Elpis!
Loved it!!!!! :-)
Annies Villa, Plaka - Crete
Finding the property was quite difficult, getting to the village following the directions was ok it was from there on. I wouldn't have like to try and find it at night!
The villa was everything we hoped it would be, great for a family with young children. Walking into the village at night was easy and quick (though steep) as was the walk further down to the Town. Lots of great places to eat and socialise, the local residents were very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed exploring the areas villages and Towns then returning to the villa early afternoon to make the mst of the pool. The pool was immaculate as was the surrounding area. The family next door were friendly and accommodating. we loved sitting on the roof terrace early on in the evening to watch the sun setting. the views are quite amazing, having a full view of the mountains and coast. The only negative was, it was a shame the table wasnt usable for a meal due to the missing glass top or better lighting as we would have liked to eat a meal or two up there in the evenings. We would reccommend this property, we had a great time there.
Thank you for an amazing review. So sorry about the table, my own son broke it last year and we were under the impression the glass had been replaced. It won't help you this year, but we are out this week and I will ensure that it is sorted. I will also review the lighting, and plan to put some lights on the pergola.
Whilst out, I also plan to add the Villa to google maps, which will help people with that facility. I will also review directions and add pictures if necessary to help.
Once again, many thanks. All feedback is gratefully received.
The picturesque bay of Almyrida is a 5 minute drive (10/15 minute walk downhill) where there are a variety of tavernas, bars, shops & ATM's. The gentle beach is ideal for young families and offers a variety of water sports. A further 10 minutes drive takes you to Kalives which has all of the above as well as banks and more tavernas and shops etc.
Chania airport - 30 minutes drive.
Heraklion airport - 90 minutes drive.
Car hire is recommended although not necessary, taxis are readily available from the airport.
In 2014 4 of our clients didn't hire cars and all had fab times and found easy to navigate around.
Plaka village is a 5 minute walk, Almyrida a 10-15 minute walk. 25 minutes drive away is the historic City of Chania, with a selection of excellent restaurants and tavernas based around the beautiful harbour and also within the windy streets that run off it. There are lots of individual shops selling a variety of goods, and the fabulous "leather street" selling, yep - lots of leather!
Plaka square is a joy to behold, no doubt the reason it was used for some scenes from the legendary "Fiddler on the Roof"! It has 3 restaurants, 2 supermarkets and Takis bar. At the restaurants you will find traditional Cretan fayre, but the less adventurous will also find plenty of choice. Of course there are further restaurants and bars located close by within Almyrida and Kalyves. Takis Bar is a great place to people watch over Plaka Square, and also shows English football/sports, though is by no means your traditional resort "Sports Bar", so you really can take it or leave it! You cannot fail to relax in this traditional village square.