Crete On The Road

The Sunday Telegraph.

Crete on the Road: the Best Driving Tours around West and Central Crete by Frankie Miles. Frankie is from Villas Crete Holidays and she is very knowledgable about this part of the island.

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2018 prices starting from €805 Euro per week.

1 double bedroom, 2 twin bedrooms.

Private swimming pool (8 x 5meters & depth 0.90m – 1.75m)

Sleeps a maximum of 7 persons.

Free WIFI Internet Access.

EOT (Greek Tourist Board) License Number: 10 42 K 12 KKK 03459 0 0

Villa Ifigenia is a modern villa that was finished to a high standard in 2006. The villa is located on the top of a hill just behind the seaside village of Almyrida, which affords it gorgeous views of the sea and the surrounding olive clad hills. Villa Ifigenia is set above the adjacent villa (Villa Kalypso) and has its own grounds, pool and private parking area. The villa belongs to a friendly local family who have a quaint gift shop in Almyrida, and whose sister owns the popular “Thalami” seafood taverna in the village.

The villa has been thoughtfully designed to ensure that all rooms have balconies or terraces that take in the outstanding views. Both floors of the house have huge sea facing terraces where one can sit and watch the ferries going to and from Athens, or the lights twinkling at night from the Akrotiri Peninsula on the opposite side of Souda Bay. The lower terrace is covered, and the upper terrace is open, so that you can choose either sun or shade. The villa is a peach/orange colour with dark green aluminium doors, windows and shutters throughout.

The furniture, doors and cupboards throughout the inside of the villa are traditionally Cretan, and made locally from a warm coloured wood. The upstairs rooms have incorporated the lovely high wood beamed ceilings that are also very traditional. All modern comforts have been provided for at Villa Ifigenia, including free WIFI internet access, satellite TV, DVD and CD players, dishwasher and washing machine, and air conditioning units in all the bedrooms and the living room. The A/C units also double up as heaters for the cooler nights at the start and end of the season. The water is heated by either solar panel or a back-up immersion heater.

The pool is positioned on the side of the hill and enjoys lovely paoramic views of the area. The pool terrace is next to a small rural road, but has been screened with bamboo, oleander bushes and small olive trees to give privacy. A small natural stone wall runs around the large front lawn that is perfect for children to play on and is equipped with a wooden slide, see-saw, and playhouse. . The main garden has been planted with yucca trees, Washingtonian palms, and roses, and there is a vegetable garden with peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, aubergine, courgettes and melons. When the fruit/vegetables are ripe the kind owner gives them to the guests. Ample outdoor furniture, including a stone barbeque and a portable iron barbeque has been supplied in order for you to fully relax and enjoy your holiday.

You may not feel like leaving this lovely villa, but if you do decide to go to the beach, or have a delicious meal in one of the village’s four exceptional tavernas, you can easily walk downhill to the centre of Almyrida in approximately 8-10 minutes. It is a little harder coming uphill on the way back, but you will be so relaxed from the wine at dinner that you may not even notice!

Villa Accommodation

Ground floor (2 steps from the pool terrace, level with the parking area): Open plan living room, kitchen and dining area, 1 twin bedroom, 1 shower room, a large sea facing covered terrace. The living room has double doors that open out onto a large covered, sea facing terrace that is equipped with a table and 4 comfortable dark green director’s chairs. From the living room there is also a front door that leads to the pool, front lawn and large private parking area. There is a large wooden couch with navy fabric, 2 matching armchairs, a coffee table, a side table, and a TV/DVD unit which doubles up as a bookcase. The modern kitchen/dining area is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher, ceramic hob and built in oven, a large fridge/freezer, a microwave oven, a portable CD player, and a locally made wooden dining table and chairs which seat 6. All the appliances are in matching stainless steel. The kitchen window faces south west, and looks out over Villa Kalypso to the olive clad hillside, and the mountain tops. The kitchen area has a door which leads to a small hall with floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes and drawers, and doors that lead to a shower room and a twin bedroom. The shower room has blue and white tiles,  a shower, a white washbasin, a mirrored cabinet, a toilet, and a frosted window to the east. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds, 1 bedside table with a lamp, a dressing table, stool and wall mirror, and pale blue and yellow bedspreads with matching curtains. There is a window which looks out west to olive groves and mountain tops, and double doors that open out onto a balcony which has views to the olive clad hillside and the tops of the White Mountains.

First floor (17 steps up from the ground floor): 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 full bathroom and a large open terrace. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds, 1 bedside table with a reading lamp, a wardrobe, and cream and blue floral bedspreads with matching curtains. There are double doors that open out onto a balcony which has gorgeous views to the sea, the pool, and the entire area, and is equipped with a coffee table and chairs. As this terrace is not covered, it is also a wonderful, and completely private place to bring the sun loungers. The full bathroom has blue and white tiles and a bathroom suite comprising a full bath with shower attachment, a wash basin, a mirrored cabinet, and a toilet. This main bathroom also houses the washing machine, and has a frosted window. The double bedroom has a double bed, 2 bedside tables with reading lamps, a dressing table, stool and wall mirror, built-in wardrobes, and matching green and gold curtains and bedspread. This double bedroom also has double doors leading to a balcony with views to the mountains and hills. 

Villa Location

The lovely village of Almyrida is only 750m from Villa Ifigenia , and is built around a pretty crescent shaped sandy beach, with a small fishing harbour at the eastern end. The beach is very shallow and safe, which is good news if you have children or are not a strong swimmer. Lining the beach are 11 excellent tavernas, 6 cafés, 2 bars, 2 bakeries, a jewellery shop, 4 mini-markets, 7 gift shops, an off-license, a butcher's shop, a pharmacy, an organic fruit and vegetable shop with a deli counter, 1 Italian ice cream shop, a hair dresser, a nail spa, 3 real estate offices, a 24 hour kiosk, and Villas Crete Holidays for tourist information, boat trips, private boat hire, big game fishing, private sight seeing flights in a light aircraft, horse riding, waterskiing, and guided walking and coach tours. Also in Almyrida there is an arcade/cafe with pool tables and games machines, a children's activity centre which offers babysitting, a scuba diving office, table tennis, paddle boarding, pedaloes, and a water sports centre which rents out kayaks, windsurfers and catamarans. A few minutes by car from Villa Ifigenia , there are a huge variety of archaeological sites and traditional villages with wonderful tavernas. There is also an interesting selection of small craft centres and museums, including glass blowing in Kokkino Horio, and lace makers in Gavalohori. For those of you looking for even more activity, the historic town of Chania is only 35 minutes away by car. 


Villa Amenities

Views? Almyrida/ Karga Island / Souda bay and the tops of the White Mountains.
Washing machine
Microwave Oven
Fridge / Freezer
Satellite TV
Air conditioned bedrooms
Air conditioned lounge
CD player
WiFi Internet Access
DVD Player
Mosquito screens to windows
Central heating
Hair dryer
Iron and ironing board
Welcome Basket

Number of bedrooms
3 - 2 Twin , 1 Double
Number of bathrooms
2 – 1 upstairs bathroom, 1 downstairs shower room
Pool depths
0.90m, 1.75m
Pool size
8m x 5m
Type of shade by pool
Sofa bed
Yes - Suitable for child or adult? Possibly one adult or child on the sofa in the lounge, but it is not strictly a sofa bed.
Maid service
2 times a week
Distance to nearest taverna
750m : 8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest beach
750m : 8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest mini market
750m : 8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
Distance to nearest cash machine
750m : 8 minutes on foot, 1 minute by car
How far from airport
35 minutes
How far from nearest large town
35 minutes

Any steps? How many?

2 steps from the house to the pool terrace, 17 steps to the upper floor - this house is suitable for the elderly or disabled, if they stay in the downstairs twin bedroom.

How private?

The lower terrace can be seen from the small local road that runs adjacent to the villa, and by the house next door (Villa Kalypso). The pool terrace is screened from the local road and is fairly private. The top floor sun terrace is totally private. In the distance, there are a few houses dotted on the hillside to the rear of the villa.

Nearest neighbour?

Villa Kalypso (adjacent) and 2 villas to the rear

Almyrida village is within walking distance, and there is a limited bus service into Chania , but we recommend car hire in order to explore the varied regions of the area.

Villa Rental Prices

All prices shown are per Villa, per Week, in Euro. Not per person!

From :
To :
Winter 2017/2018    
Long term lets only - Please Ask
E   805
E 1080
E 1520
E 1080
E   805
Winter 2018/2019  31.03.19 Long term lets only - Please Ask

The above prices shown are in EUROS, per Week. These prices include a Free Welcome Pack, representative services, a villa information book, and detailed directions to all the sights from the guide book “Crete on the Road ” by Frankie Miles.

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