8 Air conditioned apartments in Chorafakia, Akrotiri, West Crete
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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.
An important village, well spread out but houses some hidden
treasures, 2 or 3 good restaurants of which Irene's
stand out in respect of typical Greek cuisine.
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
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
a naturally formed Horseshoe bay and the
setting for the film
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.
Forget the menu! there is no menu - just let Malika choose for you
- trust her
Take a night time dip or just hang
your feet in the water.
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 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.
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.
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
Chania is well
worth the effort. There are several museums, Churches and old buildings
to visit and explore.
Typical scenes from the Old Town in Chania
You may have to queue, you can book if you wish, but please take the time to sample this most exquisite restaurant