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We had a very relaxing time at the villa, and even felt a bit like locals (apart from not speaking Greek!)!
The owner is an art/antiques dealer, and the villa itself is full of interesting things to see (he renovated it himself). To help us settle in, the owner gave us some of his home-made Raki (and good stuff it was too!) and organised a local taverna to drop off a traditional meal for us.
The next day, we spent chilling out by the pool, and ambling round the village to pick up groceries (and being offered more Raki by the shop owners). As well as the regular shops, there's also a very nice patisserie which does mini (and full size) ice-creams - great for a little treat!
We had a car, so on different days visited Knossos, the Archaeological museum (in Heraklion), and some local vineyards (most require you to book ahead, but we got lucky at Boutari and were able to join a tour - and their wine was great!). They were all quite easy trips - a few hours rather than all day. Oh - and you save lots of money by getting a combined ticket for Knossos and the museum - would probably also recommend that order as it helps with context - and our guide at Knossos was definitely worth the money.
The description says that restaurants and shops are local, and in this place, it was definitely true - the bakery and butchers were about 50 yards, and the village square (with 2 "cafe bars") was about 100 yards. There were probably 6 or 7 places to eat within 5 minutes walk (some posher than others, but all quite tasty). We normally cook a few nights on holiday, but with food so convenient, we didn't really bother. We also drove round the coast (after visiting the museum in Heraklion) to have a paddle at Pantanassa beach, then ate a nice meal in Taverna Delphini.
Other than that, we just enjoyed being in the villa - in the courtyard, by the pool, or just pottering... The pool itself is pretty big - although not particularly shallow, so perhaps not suitable for young kids (and you'd be constantly nervous with all the ornaments and trinkets, so in general, young kids not recommended!). The main house has a large master bedroom and beds on the mezzanine, then there is a separate bedroom (& another bathroom) in the courtyard, so it's actually nice for couples (or a couple & a family) sharing as gives some privacy.
We spent our last night drinking Raki and watching Greek football with the locals - a great way to top off a lovely break. Thanks Dimitris!
The villa is cleverly designed on several levels so that there is plenty of room even though it has quite a small footprint. We were only three but it will comfortably sleep six people (2 double beds, 2 single beds). It is equipped with everything you could need. Excellent local shops are only five minutes walk away and they can provide a wide variety of food stuffs (shopkeepers are really helpful). There is a great taverna within walking distance.
The villa is situated in a beautiful garden that provides lots of sunshine and/or shade; the shade provided by a magnificent ancient olive tree and other shrubs also keeps the villa very cool. The garden gives shelter on breezy days. A prolific jasmine provides lots of perfume at night. The swimming pool is lovely and is suitable for both adults and children; it is cleaned daily (very early in the morning so quite unobtrusive). There is a great barbecue in the garden. There are very nice views towards the north coast. So this is a very relaxing garden to just sit and do nothing, one could spend a lot of time just lounging in the garden. What more could you want?
However, the villa is also perfectly placed for visiting the sites of Crete. It is just 20 minutes from Heraklion airport - very convenient if, like us, you arrive late at night. Note that there are no aircraft flying anywhere near the villa so no aircraft noise. It is in a very rural area not much frequented by tourists. It is close to the archaeological sites of Knossos (only 15 minutes away but get there at 8 am if you want to avoid the crowds!), Phaestos (really beautiful), and Malia; just over an hour from the Diktaeon Cave and Lassithi Plateau (a delightful area); an hour and a half from Rethymnon (more interesting than Heraklion), an hour and a half from a great beach at Matala on the south coast, etc., etc. So it is feasible to visit much of Crete during a day. The villa really is an ideal base for exploring the island.
A highlight of the villa is the wonderful welcome and support from the owner and his family. Excellent vegetables, olive oil, red wine, and rake were supplied on arrival. The olive oil, wine and rake are made by the owner and supplied free on a regular basis (replaced as fast as you can consume them!).
Crete is a wonderful holiday destination and we would love to return. When we do, we will certainly return to Agapi Villa as we can't think of any reason for going anywhere else. An enthusiastic recommendation.