Villa Venetiana Apartments
Chorafakia, Akrotiri
West Crete, Greece

 8 Air conditioned apartments in Chorafakia, Akrotiri, West Crete

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The Akrotiri and Chania

Tersanas

                  

 This small shallow cove is the nearest coastline to Villa Venetiana (about 150metres as the crow flies - 20 minutes to walk)

It's sandy beach is home to local residents as well as visitors. Safe snorkelling and shallow water for about 200metres, then it's down amongst the rocks and sea bed to explore underwater life.

For those who want to see everyday Cretans enjoying a beach side life, try the Rose Cantina on Tersanas Beach,  Sarah (yes, an original Shirley Valentine) keeps a good kitchen and bar on the beach, along with snacks and refreshments she prepares and cooks locally caught fish, has excellent local wine and has probably the best local trade in the area around.


Horafakia

An important village, well spread out but houses some hidden treasures, 2 or 3 good restaurants of which Irene's and Sunset stand out in respect of typical Greek cuisine.
Both are favourites of Villa Venetiana regulars, especially on their first night.

At the centre of Horafakia is the offices of Horafakia Car Rental, Stelios will be able to help you with directions and useful advice.

Koutros supermarket is always well stocked for milk, bread and essentials provisions - the wines and beers are particularly welcome.
An international telephone is available and is paid for on a meter system.
The local bakery just past the supermarket and two garages serve fuel and repair punctures.

Regular bus services to Chania and Stavros stop here - it's not unusual for visitors to travel into Chania by bus and return later in the evening by taxi (about £10-£15) as it saves hunting down the parking spaces and the risk of a Greek breathalyser.

The Akron Café Bar is on the road to Stavros, a favourite stop on the way back from Chania, often open until 2 or 3am, and the perfect place to end an enjoyable evening


Stavros

                          
      

Stavros, a naturally formed Horseshoe bay and the setting for the film
Zorba the Greek
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Stavros is a delightful and relaxing village with the main beach, a perfect horseshoe, which was the setting for the beach scenes including the famous final dance of Zorba the Greek. It is overlooked by Zorba's Mountain, again an important backdrop for Zorba.

One or two, more sophisticated, Cafe' Bars are now coming to this part of Crete and are welcome as they help to cater for the evenings, especially after your dinner when you might want to relax and forget the pressures you have left behind at work.

Stavros is also home to The Blue Beach or Big Beach (not to be confused with a nearby Hotel) You can get to this beach by winding through the back streets of Stavros - not easy but worth the effort!

Blue Beach is a favourite of local and regular visitors, mainly due to its long stretch of open, sandy beach and almost no tourists.

The ambience at Blue Beach Cantina is out of this world.
If you like quality home cooking, wine and world music then this is the place.

Forget the menu! there is no menu - just let Malika choose for you - trust her
Sit back and enjoy - the food - the wine - the music

     

Take a night time dip or just hang your feet in the water.
Take a table to the waters edge and cut yourself off from the world

 


The Monasteries of Akrotiri

Within a short drive are the numerous monasteries of the Akrotiri. Drive towards the airport and you will find the signs to Agia Triada, follow the track up to Gourveneto and then on through the mountain and down to the sea. You will pass by Little Bear Cave and The Monastery of Katholiko in an impressive complex of abandoned caves

    

    

    


Kalathas & Kounoupidiana

Kalathas is a beautiful beach, approached from above with views over the long expanse of sand with a small island just off-shore (to which it is possible to swim)

Here you find a few small beach bars (open in the evenings) and a diving school, the beach is shallow and well sheltered and wonderful for just lazing about in the sun.

Kounoupidiana has a great selection of shops including a Pharmacy, Supermarket, Patisserie, Hardware, Vetinary and  it also has what is locally known as "the chicken place" which in spite of it's setting is one of the best restaurants on the Akrotiri.

Major supermarkets have stores nearby


Marathi

Marathi is an extremely pleasant town, different from other Akrotiri villages. It has a main harbour facing on to Souda Bay and looking out towards Kalives across the bay. Besides the main beaches, other smaller coves and beaches can be found in the local area. A good place for eating, whether it is daytime or evening.


Chania

chania

Approaching Chania from the Akrotiri you will travel along the coast through Kalathas, Kounoupidiana to meet up with the main Chania - Airport road at The Grave of Venizelos

             

Scenes from The Grave of Venizelos

It is here that Eleftherios Venizelos, the founder of modern Crete is remembered.
His grave looks out from high above Chania, over a city that resembles no other in Europe. A mix of Venetian, Turkish (Byzantine) and Greek (from Minoan to present day) with flavours of Arabia thrown in for good luck, it is busy day and night, a commercial city which goes about its own business each day with only a little regard for tourism for which Crete relies on so much. In the heart of the city, in the lanes and small alleys, you will find a wealth of cafés, restaurants and shops of all descriptions where you can spend time and enjoy the ambience of one of Europe's least know cities.

Chania is only 20 minutes drive from Villa Venetiana, in the evenings many choose to catch one of the regular buses into town and return by taxi

Come into town earlier in the day to catch the Daily Market for fresh fish, cheese and local provisions,
Saturday is the time to find the Farmer's Market, fresh from the fields, everything that is in season is brought to town and sold - the oranges make the best juice you will ever taste.
Breakfast is great whether you go down to the harbour side or climb upstairs at a roof top cafe bar and spend some time watching the world go past.

Chania is well worth the effort. There are several museums, Churches and old buildings to visit and explore.
The atmosphere will make you feel at ease.

         

    

Typical scenes from the Old Town in Chania

For the best in Italian Cuisine try The Kariatis near the Old Harbour

You may have to queue, you can book if you wish, but please take the time to sample this most exquisite restaurant



To find out more about The Akrotiri, Chania and West Crete please see the links page