A contemporary refuge with expansive views
This spectacular 8 bedroom holiday home features large outdoor areas and meticulously built interiors. It is situated on a slope that provides striking views over the bay of Elounda and is bordered by the rolling countryside of Crete. The home takes use of its elevated location by having extensive stone-paved terraces that provide room for outdoor settings, including lounge chairs in the shade, a sizable eating area, and a pool with an infinity edge and blue water. Every level of the house, which is constructed in levels, has a cozy veranda with sweeping views.
ACTIVITIES in ELOUNDA, GREECE
Elounda is a small fishing town on the northern coast of Crete, oten referred to as Schisma by locals . It belongs to the municipality of Agios Nikolaos in the prefecture of Lasithi.
Elounda village is also the main jumping off point for visits to the former leper colony of Spinalonga Island, made famous by the Victoria Hislop bestseller “The Island”, which has since been made into a Greek TV series (the standard by which all books are judged these days).
Elounda Bay is known for its luxurious resorts frequented by the rich and famous but there is plenty to see and do for the average joe as well. Nice beaches, fabulous views, hiking, history and, obviously, a long list of popular seafood restaurants.
Elounbda is formed of seven districts and an uninhabited island. The district of Schisma is densely populated and is considered the “downtown”. The other districts are Agia Paraskevi, Epano Elounda, Kato Elounda, Epano Pines, Kato Pines, Mavrikiano and Kalydon.
A gorgeous property with wide-ranging views, the interior features open spaces with multiple windows that let in the outside air and catch panoramic views of the surroundings.
The interior design is modern, chic, and carefree. Modernist-inspired designer furniture is paired with a soft color scheme of white, beige, and dove grey. The bedrooms are roomy, opulently furnished, and pleasantly view-open. The villa has a sizable gym with a table tennis table.
Cretan Fine Dining Experience in one of Elounda’ most exclusive hotels, The Old Mill at Elounda Mare.
Set around an ancient millstone, the Old Mill is a fine-dining restaurant in a blooming garden over the waters, with an astounding menu and wine list which has devoted fans returning over and over again for the past 30 years.
The innovative Cretan Fusion cuisine at the Old Mill has a timeless character which has always appealed to the most demanding palate and has received multiple “Toque d’Or” awards as one of the finest restaurants in Greece.
Along with Chania, Heraklion is one of the most popular places to stay in Crete, and many visitors are torn between one or the other. Heraklion is also the location of the island’s major airport, so many visitors will arrive in the city when they first get to Crete.
One of the biggest difference is that while Chania is a little more historic and character-filled, Heraklion is a little more lively, thanks to its large student population.
Overall, the nightlife tends to be a little more local-focussed than Chania, which is more popular with visitors. Similarly, Heraklion offers many great local restaurants which are sure to please foodies!
Perhaps the biggest draw of staying in Heraklion is that it is within easy reach of the ancient city of Knossos, perhaps Crete’s most iconic landmark. There are also a number of other historic sites in the city, which will keep history buffs intrigued.
After Knossos, you simply can’t miss the great beaches that are within easy reach of Heraklion, and perhaps enjoying a glass of wine as the sun sets over them. Do keep in mind that Heraklion has more of a ‘city’ atmosphere than Chania and elsewhere on Crete.
With your licensed kid-friendly guide you will delve into the island’s colorful past and travel back 4,000 years at the Palace of Knossos, and learn of ancient civilizations at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.
First stop: Knossos Archaeological Site
Go back 4.000 years to the time of the oldest civilization in Europe. Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations and luxurious rock-cut cave and tholos tombs. As a major center of trade and the economy, Knossos maintained ties with the majority of cities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Learn about the rich lifestyle which began circa 2000 BC and was typified by magnificent monumental buildings
Next: Heraklion Archaeological Museum
One of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times.
Then: Old Venetian Harbor of Heraklion
Old Town, located next to the modern center of Heraklion will allow you to see the past and the present of Crete. The narrow, steep streets of the Old Town will bring you back in the centuries of Venetian and Ottoman rule, protected by a circuit of massive defensive walls, . Inside, its pedestrian-only streets are lined by aristocratic buildings, churches, and boutiques, and open onto leafy squares with fountains and busy cafés. The most notable monument along the harbor is the 16th-century Venetian Fort of Koules. Fishing boats line the shore, where a walkway runs along the waterfront.
After your day at leisure, enjoy this next day with a 6-hour tour of East Crete. With your guide and driver you will visit visit Monasteries, Churches, Agios Nikolaus City, Spinalonga Island, visit an olive oil factory where learn how olive oil is made with modern and old machines and we get to taste different kind of olive oil . we have a traditional Cretan Lunch in the old village of Mochos where we visit a few beautiful churches.
After lunch we hit the road to get back where we started.
Omalia Olive Press Visit an olive oil factory to taste different kind of olive oil , learn about olive oil and see how olive oil is made .
Lake Voulismeni: Lake Vouliasmeni, a former sweet water small lake that later got connected to the sea. It is located in the center of Agios Nikolaus City.
Krasi: village where the oldens Plane tree in Crete is located.
Alternative Crete: In the old village of Mochos we go for a walk around visiting the old churches, walking through the narrow streets exploring the place and then enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch with home made wine at the main square of the village.
Enjoy a day out in the Cretan sea onboard your catamaran sailing yacht. It features all the modern navigation equipment and amenities, four cabins and two WC with shower.
Relax on the deck, enjoy the sea breeze and scenery as you explore the coast of Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Plaka, sailing by the islet of Spinalonga, Kolokytha beach and some beautiful hidden coves.
The exact route is decided by your skipper depending on weather conditions. You will be in good hands to relax in a world of your own, soak in the sun, snorkel and swim in crystal waters.
Enjoy a Cretan BBQ lunch onboard by your skipper and crew.
Today you will head south of the Heraklion region. Among a breathtaking landscape, you will experience a day in an authentic Cretan farm and learn about the traditions of the area from ancient times to the 20th century.
Make and bake bread in the wood oven as people used to do in ancient times and learn how to produce traditional Cretan “tyrozouli” cheese from the farm goats’ fresh milk.
The king of west Crete culinary tradition, the Cretan Pies, could not but be a part of your day in the farm! Your hosts will reveal to you the tastiest secrets of preparing delicious Cretan pies, as well as other typical Cretan specialties.
Maybe the most fun part of your experience are the farm animals that are there for you to feed them. With the help of your hosts you’ll will milk the goats and collect the hens’ eggs
Feel free to watch the animals during their everyday life in the farm, while the hosts will explain to you all about a farmer’s everyday tasks in Crete.
Learn All about the Olive Oil & Raki Production
The Cretan Olive Oil is present in every traditional Cretan household! Your hosts will talk to you about the Olive Oil production of Crete and the caltivation of the Olive Tree, practiced on the island for thousands of years. They will show you an old traditional Olive Oil Mill and explain the stages of the traditonal Olive Oil making.
Raki, a local spirit based on grapes, is another significant part of the Cretan tradition, produced in the Cretan households since antiquity! You will explore the ancient way of Raki making in an ancient Still.
After you will a enjoy a wonderful meal, including all the traditional specialties you prepared, as well as unique Minoan – Style specialties cooked on the hearth fire. Fresh and pure vegetables from the farm and fresh eggs!
Cook, Taste, and Enjoy local Cretan cuisine, Greek good, and some excellent cooking techniques. This traditional cooking lessons is led by a professional cook. This is a hands-on class.