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Lasithi Hotels - sitting in the Dikti Mountains in the Selakano Forest, this quiet mountain retreat is perfect for getting close to nature in comfort.
The Pezoulia Mountain Cottages are built of traditional materials - it is as though they are hewn out of the mountain side itself. Rough stones and thick wood, thick walls and solid foundations. These impressive mountain dwellings are complete with the character of Crete.
These mountains and forest tracks are great for trekking, walking, climbing and bird watching. The vegetation is a mix of oaks, maples and plane trees, with the principal tree being pine pinus brutia. Set in the village of Selekano just 30 km from Ierapetra, Lasithi.
Lasithi Hotels - this is a village with an eagle's eye view from the mountains to the sea in eastern Crete. Sitting inland yet only 6 km from the beach at Mochlos, this hotel will give you the flavour of Crete in bucket loads. Sfaka village sits just 40 km from Agios Nikolaos and 30 km from Sitia in the rich agricultural lands of eastern Crete.
The village consists of 15 restored houses in the traditional
Cretan village style. This is a wonderful experience of a crumbling
village enlivened and brought back to life with imagination,
perseverance and hard work. This is a village to be proud of and to
learn about the Cretan people and their tough character and persistence.
The suites, rooms, studios and houses of Cressa Ghitonia Village have been restored with such style and attention to detail, this is a unique creation, and has been highly commended in the European Residential Property Awards for Best Redevelopment Renovation Greece. Pampering does not stop in your suite, there is a luxurious spa with jacuzzi, hammam and sauna, and endless relaxation packages. Experience the village life in Crete, with modern luxuries for comfort, in such a scenic location in Lasithi.
Lasithi Hotels - this is a hotel with a difference. Really it is a little village where the friendliness and service is wonderful and the houses have been designed and furnished with complete modern luxury in mind, yet still maintaining their traditional essence.
High up in the foothills of the Dikti Mountains, over looking the sea, nestled into a hillside, this luxurious retreat with its own character, providing an extraordinary experience of the Cretan lifestyle.
Villa Mala features 3 suites and 2 maisonettes, the little village within a village has its own restaurant and cafe, both with beautiful mountain and sea views. Each of the residences has its own private access and each one boasts a blissful, inspiring view from its private balcony or veranda.
With room for 4-5 guests in each residence, these spacious rooms are furnished with modern luxurious style and many comforts over and above the average hotel room. You will really be spoiled at Villa Mala.
Villa Mala sits in the beautiful Cretan mountains 40 km from Agios Nikoloas and 14 km from the seaside village of Mirtos and the lovely south coast beaches of Crete.
Located in the charming village of Palaikastro are the apartments House Margot. Perfectly positioned in far eastern Crete to explore numerous historic sites and beaches, this is a simple family-run pension with good Cretan hospitality.
Palaikastro is a traditional Cretan village located just 2 km from the lovely beaches of Kouremenos and Chiona, 20 km from Sitia and 90 km from the capital Agios Nikolaos.
6 km from the village is the beautiful and famous Vai Palm Forest and Beach, a paradise on the tip of Crete’s eastern coast.
Close by is the spectacular Zakros Gorge and one of the prettiest beaches in Crete; Kato Zakros.
The Papadakis family have kept their apartments small, there are two only, with capacity for 6 and 8, surrounded by lovely gardens. The family provide personal care and beautiful tasty local food, made from their own produce.
These villas, in one of the prettiest locations of Crete, are built in traditional style of stonework and wood.
Sitting in gardens just 500m from the beach of Kato Zakros and seconds from the Minoan Zakros Palace, we have selected these villas as they provide the real Cretan feel and experience.
Owners Stella and Elias are crazy trekkers and climbers who fell in love with this region of Crete after visiting from their home in Thessaloniki. They are passionate about sharing all the natural beauty of eastern Crete with their visitors, and offering great hospitality at Terra Minoika.
The Terra Minoika Villas are beautiful creations of the Cretan earth, risen up in modern times to comfort visitors and provide a nurturing experience. Stella and Elias provide their wonderful hospitality.
Explore Zakros Gorge, also known as the Gorge of the Dead, while staying in eastern Crete.
Faragi ton Nekron - Φαράγγι των Νεκρών. The gorge is one of the most impressive in Crete, with its steep sides and harsh rock formations.
The caves within which have been found to be Minoan burial tombs, hence the name.
The gorge walk takes about two hours to complete, depending on your pace and your fitness levels, and ends at the beautiful beach town of Kato Zakros.
Lasithi Hotels - Eastern Crete - this map shows rural accommodation in Crete.
Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Airlines, with many flights available per day.
Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
More information on flights and ferries below.
Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.
When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid or non-hybrid vehicles.
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