Villa Selene near Almyrida ( Almirida ), Chania area, Crete - Quiet Location, 12 Min Walk To Shops, Sandy Beach Nearby
- English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Private villa near Almyrida
Very easy contact with owner and manager. Our third visit to Crete - best villa and location so far
Thanks Gordon! Glad you like the house - we put a lot of effort into the decor and ambience!
Beautiful spot in great setting, has a rustic authentic Cretean atmosphere. British plumbing, big pool. My family and I had a wonderful holiday at Villa Selene. We would love to thank the owners and hope to visit again!
Many thanks Bill, glad you liked the house. We put a great deal of thought and time into making Villa Selene the comfortable and relaxing home it is. And of course, that spectacular view of the mountains makes it all the better!
Great bungalow, peaceful location, stunning views
When we first booked -in 2011- the single storey accommodation and gated pool were key selling points, as we had family members with mobility issues. After many visits we can confirm Selene’s appeal to all.
The -English - owners understand their clientele very well (the dishwasher is a guilty pleasure) and year on year have made subtle improvements and upgrades.
Selene’s position and construction appeal to sun worshippers and shade dwellers alike. A point worth making is that 2km into the hills above Almyrida there’s a breeze which takes the edge off the highest temperatures. The private pool will be in constant use during your stay, and the location an olive grove guarantees space and privacy, a refreshing change from the customary crowding of holiday villas.
Car hire discounts and introductory discounts to local restaurants are a welcome bonus, as is the comprehensive visitor information folder.
And should you ever need him the - English - property manager can fix any problem. (Apart from the traditional Cretan power cuts: you’ll probably get one a week.)
One last word: British plumbing. (Enough said.)
Many thanks Jay1Gee2, as you will have seen on our social media page, we have finished the new decorating ready for next season.
Peaceful, Perfectly Presented Villa
This is a very peaceful/Beautiful place with the only background noise being the crickets or the occasional car or goats passing, Just far enough away from the crowds but equally close enough to be involved if you wanted to. Would recommend, especially for families
Beautiful villa in a fabulous location!
This villa is only a few minutes drive from the local town Almerida. It is one of four villas set in an olive grove, so you are not overlooked by neighbours. It has a lovely pool and lovely well appointed rooms. It was very clean and well maintained. This was not my first visit and I will be going back again. I was able to take part in olive picking (hard work but fun) and then was able to discover how the whole process, from picking to pressing is done. The villa is about a mile from a local shop and tavernas that have lovely food and a great atmosphere. The owners ensured that I was fully informed and were even able to organise booking a hire car as well. I would thoroughly recommend visiting this villa to anyone!
Our return visit
This was our 3rd visit to St Basil's Olive Grove, and our 2nd to Villa Selene. We were looking for a relaxing week, and we weren't disappointed. It's a lovely spacious villa, especially as there were just 2 of us, and clean and well-appointed. We love having the pool just outside and Almyrida with its lovely sandy beach is just 2 km away. If you don't fancy self-catering, there are plenty of restaurants in Almyrida, and a shop and very good taverna in even-closer Gavalchori. I'm sure we'll be back.
Almyrida Village just 2 km away (3 minutes by car, or half an hour walk) with safe, sandy beaches and great places to eat. Here is a quiet seaside resort far from the bustle of the major tourist destinations. It is the ideal choice for families with children because there is an organised beach plus shops, restaurants and an ATM. There are two sandy beaches with umbrellas & loungers for hire, plus a lifeguard. The beaches and the sea are awarded a Blue Flag every year, demonstrating they are clean and that the beach provides the necessary safety features and visitor facilities – such as free showers at various points on the seafront. The sea is quite shallow, making it ideal for small children. The eastern end of the beach has sheltered, warm waters perfect for inquisitive youngsters who like to play near the shore chasing small shoals of fish and tiny hermit crabs, or amuse themselves by building sandcastles. Very close by, and directly overlooking the beach, is a variety of family-owned tavernas where dads and mums can de-stress in the shade with a cool glass of wine while keeping an eye on the kids playing nearby. Also on the beach, there is a windsurfing school with canoes and pedalos for hire and numerous boat trips available around the coast. For the slightly more adventurous, there is a diving school where beginners can try scuba diving – and for those with PADI qualifications, a visit to the famous underwater elephant cave is to be recommended. This coastline of Crete has the best and most impressive diving in the whole of Greece.
Gavalochory – the picturesque village with 1000 years of history. Inland, just a kilometre from the villa, is the traditional village of Gavalochory. This is a large village with particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. There is an excellent folklore museum, revealing the history and the culture of the village. And don’t miss the Roman Wells just outside the village, a remarkable place of sunken wells where locals scollected water in ancient times. Shops include several minimarkets and a bakery. There are four tavernas – all of which offer excellent traditional Cretan cuisine.
Chania Town – 22 km away. Chania (pronounced Ha-nya) is famous for its beautiful Venetian (Italian architecture) harbour, with narrow winding cobbled streets that is every shopper's paradise, with a multitude of boutiques and jewellery vendors plus several markets. Sit at one of the many fine quayside tavernas and watch the world go by before taking a boat trip where you can go snorkelling around sheltered sandy bays of uninhabited islands. There is also the submerged wreck of a WW2 German Bomber to explore.
A good place to spend a morning is in the Maritime Museum of Crete – a multi-floor local museum full of models, graphics, memorabilia, costumes and military artefacts plus some educational video. It covers the time from ancient Minoan era to near present day and includes the famous Battle of Crete. A ‘must-see’ for anyone interested in WW2 history.
Other things to see and do
• Water Park at Limnoupolis (40 minute drive). Lots of slides providing varying levels of thrills and fun. Free sunbeds, good pools and an artificial ‘river’ where you can lie in a big rubber ring and gently float around the park.
• The Botannical Gardens of Crete (18 km south of Chania, 40 minute drive). A huge, colourful park full of fruit trees, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants from all over the world - the perfect microclimate for hundreds of plants and animals. In the midst of this vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the terrible fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The dramatic scenery here is composed of rare samples of the local flora and fauna, as well as tropical and subtropical species with new samples added regularly. There is a lake with ducks, geese and other water birds and rare species, even hawks that fly in the area. The park also has an open-air, stone atmospheric amphitheatre suitable for small (capacity for approximately 250 persons) events.
• Allied and German War Cemeteries on the outskirts of Chania (20 minute drive)
• The Samaria Gorge (1 hour drive) – at 16 km, one of the longest gorges in Europe. Open most days in the holiday season, but be prepared for a challenge.
• The Imbros Gorge (30 minute drive) – a little easier than Samaria, but still a good 8 km hike through sheer sided cliffs. Very pretty, so bring your camera. And plenty of bottled water.