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Beautiful villa with fabulous views over sea - SPECIAL SPRING OFFERS

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa Kristina is perched above the outer harbour in Symi. Its 3 terraces enjoy uninterrupted views of the sea and the ships and yachts coming and going in the 'St Tropez of the Eastern Med'. Its elevated position is above a cliff garden just on the water front - no houses lie between it and the sea. It is a truly magnificent spot.

Symi: is the jewel of the Dodecanese islands - described by many as the St Tropez of the Eastern Med. It lies just 8 miles off the Turkish coast and can only be reached by ferry in one hour from Rhodes or Piraeus overnight.

Symi was a centre for sponge fishing in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and traces of its affluent past are visible today in the beautiful and stately houses which surround the harbour and flow over the hills above. It is a conservation area and all its houses are built in neo-Classical Style. This gives it one of the most impressive skylines anywhere and you can sit on the terrace all day and just gaze at the houses opposite.

Symi's harbour is a hive of activity in the summer with boats and yachts coming and going all day every day. It is a great spot for walkers though its mountainous terrain can be a strain in the summer heat. However, there are regular taxi boats to all its beaches, and a bus and taxis go from the town up to the village above - the Xorio.

Symi has many fine restaurants and good shops for groceries and produce. A regular ferry service runs throughout the year connecting it to Rhodes and Athens. Symi is only 8 miles from Turkey and you can take a day trip across to Datca to sample the different environment of Asia Minor.

The nearest beach to the house is Nos - less than 5 minutes walk - and you can walk into the town in 10 minutes from where you can take the taxi boats or buses, meet the ferries or eat out at one of the many restaurants. You can even simply walk down the path from the house and dive into the harbour for a swim. Wonderful!

There are a number of beaches on the island, mainly reached by taxi or tourist boats. You can take a trip in one of these all around the island, stopping off to swim and eat a reputedly delicious barbecue along the way.

You can also take ferries to explore Rhodes - a World Heritage City whose walled city is one of the most perfectly preserved of the cities built by the Knights.

The villa is a stone built house designed by the famous Greek architect, Alex Kalligas - who, with his wife Xaris, has almost single handedly transformed Monemvasia on the Eastern Peloponnese into a haven of beautiful design. It is built on the ruins of an earlier house, on three storeys. Because it is stone built it retains warmth in the winter and keeps cool in the summer. Harani enjoys more breeze than the main harbour which also helps to keep the house cool in the intense summer sunshine. The villa also has air conditioning throughout. There is a wifi connection.

The bottom storey has two rooms and a small shower room and toilet. All rooms open up to the large terrace in front which is covered with three large sunshades (can be rolled up). There is a small garden below and just the sea below that.

The middle storey has a large courtyard with seating area overlooking the bay below, and an outside dining table underneath an umbrella. Inside the house there is a well equipped kitchen, dining area and a family bathroom with washing machine etc. There is also another room with TV open fireplace and seating. This room could also be used as a bedroom in the summer when all entertaining happens outside.

Upstairs there is a mezzanine with a double bed plus a master bedroom with en suite shower room. All rooms have wonderful views to the bay below.

The Villa is on 3 levels, each facing south with its own terrace looking southwards over the sea. The main living accommodation is on the first floor.The large terrace is the perfect place to relax and unwind and can seat everybody. There are two more terraces with equally magnificent views, one outside the mezzanine bedroom and one on the lower level. This is a luxurious and interesting accommodation, offering a number of physically separate spaces as well as great communal facilities and fantastic views of a stunning island.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Swedish, Greek
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Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa on the Ano Symi on the South Aegean

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , handheld shower
  • Symi's water is delivered by tanker. The villa is connected to the mains so has continuous running water and also has a backup cistern tank. Water heating is by solar panel into a large capacity tank. In common with many Greek islands, Symi has little natural water so renters should be careful in their use of water. Shower room 1 is en-suite with the master bedroom. Shower room 2 is off the kitchen on the main floor. It also houses a washing machine Shower room 3 is off the downstairs terrace.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , en suite shower room
    Bedroom 2 _ Mezzanine Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - Double Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , own terrace in front
    Bedroom 4 - sofabed in sitting room - 1 Double Bed , own balcony
  • Master bedroom with en suite shower room. Bedroom 2 is a sleeping platform on a mezzanine above the kitchen - not totally private but separated by a screen from the stairs to the master bedroom. Bedroom 4 is the lounge, with a double bed. Bedroom 3 is downstairs with its own terrace and separate shower/toilet.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There's absolutely no need for a swimming pool - the Mediterranean is just below the house! The house can be split into two units. The separate apartment on the lower floor has 1 double bedroom and one single sleeping area in the inside kitchen, a terrace and a shower room accommodating up to 3. The main house has a living area (convertable to a double bedroom), two bedrooms, a kitchen, two shower rooms and two terraces. The upper terrace is the main dining area in the summer, shaded by the mezzanine terrace. All terraces are south facing and shade is provided by umbrellas if needed.


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Beautiful villa with fabulous views over sea - SPECIAL SPRING OFFERS
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
Bologna, Italy

Villa Kristina, Symi

  • 5 of 5

We rented Villa Kristina for 10 days (two married couples over 55, no kids) and had a very pleasant stay. The house is very tastefully designed and furnished and well equipped, with two terraces offering beautiful views over harbour and bay. A cistern and pump allow you to have water for showers etc. even if the mains pressure is very low, as it often is. Villa Kristina is 5-10 minutes walk from Symi center. Very steep steps up to the house, like most hillside houses in Symi. These need some care going up and down. It was very warm while we were there and we thought it might have been a good idea if there had been roof fans to move the air in the bedrooms at night since it gets quite hot in both in the evening even with open windows. There were two standing fans, one in each bedroom which helped a bit. Our contract stipulated cleaning every other day, with change of towels and bed linen once a week. When we arrived there was bread, tea and powder coffee, butter jam and water for us. The cheery local contact who met us at the ferry with a car said there would be cleaning twice a week. In practice, however, we did not notice cleaning had been done at all while we were there, but the towels and bed linen were changed as agreed. In practice, since we were out most of the time and did not prepare meals at home, this was not a problem, but some of our group were annoyed because there was a deviation from the contracted terms. On the day we left we could not get a taxi to the hydrofoil, but our friendly local contact drove us there for 20 Euro at our request. Some of our party thought that was a bit stiff (though we did not know what a taxi would have taken), but we were grateful for the offer as it was a very warm day and our bags heavy. Symi is a very beautiful and compact island, and we used all possible opportunities (boat taxis, hire car, mopeds) to vist the various beaches and other places worth seeing. Beautiful clear, refreshing sea and views. The house owner and their local contact were helpful in recommending good places to eat. The most reasonable in price-quality terms is "Mythos" rooftop at the end of the harbour on the way out of town, a close runner up is "Tholos" near the Nos beach - also a convenient place to swim, take sun and lunch if you don't want to take a boat to the other beaches. We very much enjoyed our stay in Symi and Villa Kristina and would not hesitate to recommend it to others, and to stay there again ourselves!!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2008
  • Date of Stay: August 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Villa Kristina is situated on a hill above the harbour (about 20 meters up from sea level) - hence the glorious views. The charm with Symi are the steep slopes with the houses perched like little temples in their Gothic architecture - no ugly high-rise buildings or concrete monsters on this island. - If the heat bothers you we would suggest coming before the end of June or after beginning of September. Symi does get hot in July and August and this is also the busiest time on the island. - As for ceiling fans we will look into installing those for next season. - Customer satisfaction is our main priority and we will certainly address all the comments made for next season. We want people to enjoy Villa Kristina and have a good time! Kerstin
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London, England

A lovely stay in Symi

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our weeks holiday in Symi in this beauliful villa. The villa has a big terrace with views over Symi harbour which is great for relaxing and having sun downers (we had quite a few!). The accommodation finished to a high standard with cumfortable beds. It is a 5 minute walk to Nos beach and 5 mins to Symi town.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2008
  • Date of Stay: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful villa with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Kristina is beautifully kept, full of character and in one of the best locations on the island. We had a ball! Spent the days on one of the many beaches which we reached by day trip boats, had showers and drinks on the terrace in the evenings. Sometimes cooked supper at home, many times went out to one of the nearby tavernas, then back for coffee on the terrace. The place is in quiet neighbourhood, yet close to town. Everything is provided - except beach towels - so do bring your own!

We'll be back again!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sensational location

  • 5 of 5

We had a beautiful stay in Simi with many a sundowner shared watching the world go by from our stunning terrace overlooking the harbour. A great location away from the noise and chaos of the harbour, but with full view of it all. Perfect for groups of friends due to multiple living areas, and bedrooms with privacy. Nicholas the manager was a delight and incredibly helpful. We had a ball. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and found the villa as beautiful as its description. I always say, the position of Villa Kristina with the lovely views is very special! So glad to hear you had such a good time. We'll be happy to see you again any time! Regards, Kerstin
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Perfectly located with the most stunning views

  • 5 of 5

The villa is beautiful and lived up to all expectations. It is in a quiet location and we never tired of sitting on the terrace looking at the views and admiring the beautiful yachts as they sailed by. The villa had everything we could have wished for, very spacious and comfortable and it felt like we were in someone's home rather than just a holiday let.

The owner Kerstin could not have been more helpful, particularly when we needed to change our dates at the last minute. The housekeeper kept the villa spotlessly clean and Fabienne was on hand should we have needed her.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa located on this beautiful and relaxing island. We will definitely be making a return visit. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed Villa Kristina. It is a very special place! Looking forward to welcoming you again. Kerstin
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  • 4 of 5

This year will be the third time that I have stayed in the apartment, twice with my partner and this year with my daughter!

This apartment is all about the terrace and the view and both are spectacular. The accommodation is basic but you do have everything you need, the shower is hot and efficicient, the double bed is very comfortable and you can see straight out onto that view. The outside kitchen area is a welcome bonus and I believe as of this year there is air con, what more could you ask for.

Every year there seems to be something new which just enhances your whole holiday. Kerstin the owner is very easy to deal with and genuinely concerned that you enjoy your stay and finally do try the little restuarant on the way to the beach on the left hand side it has fantastic food and another wonderful view.

I have been reluctant to put a review on this site becuase I wanted it to be my little secret but that seemed churlish so here it is, enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2011
  • Date of Stay: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
NOS Beach

Villa Kristina is located on the south-facing side of Symi's outer harbour, Xarani. It is built above the water and has unspoilt views of the sea and the entrance to Symi's inner harbour. Because of its elevated south facing position the house has spectacular views from all windows and no buildings between it and the sea. Sit on any of the terraces on a typical evening and you can watch all the yachts coming and going. On a typical summer evening it is wall-to-wall super yachts and Gulets. Licenced accommodation No: 4472.

Free internet. Air conditioned throughout.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on the Ano Symi, Aegean Islands

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

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The villa is cleaned daily. There is free wifi. Air conditioned throughout

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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