Archanes villa to rent - Pr. Pool (near Heraklion)
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||120 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Historic, Luxury, Other, Away from it all, Other|
Description from the owner
We are open all year round; it is so much better to stay in a great villa for your short or long visit to Crete - no matter the season.
We keep our rates as low as possible allowing people who are used to book their stay in hotels, to see the advantages of getting a superb villa house instead of the usual packaged holiday 'bargains'.
The villa is located in the traditional village of Archanes, 15 minutes from Heraklion. The village is absolutely magnificent as it has been fully restored with EU and local funds, and together with Anogia village they are considered to be the most traditionally kept villages in Crete.
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Archanes villa to rent - Pr. Pool (near Heraklion)
Archanes, Crete, Greece
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
Arhanes is a picturesque rural town in the prefecture of Heraklion with a history of 5000 years, built in an overgrown area 16 km southeast of the city of Heraklion, on the foot ofmo untain Giouchtas. Time has not affected the traditional architecture of Arhanes;on the contrary, thanks to its exemplary reformation, the town received the European Award for Village Reformation.
The hospitable town of Arhanes awaits you to discover its unique cultural heritage, to marvel its beauty and, of course, to taste authentic Cretan flavours.
Your visit and your stay in this extraordinary place is going to become an unforgettable experience!
The town of Archanes has been built in the area of an important Minoan settlement.
Archaeological excavations that have been going on until this day prove that during the Minoan Times the town was a prosperous Minoan City and the center of many other cities of the area. It is worth mentioning that the part of the three-storey Palace complex of the 16th century B.C. revealed by the excavations in the town, is a token of magnificent construction skills, superior to the Palaces of Mallia, Festos and Zakros.
Other archaeological sights are the Cemetary in Fourni and the Mansion in Vathipetro. The Cemetary in Fourni, northwest of Archanes, is the biggest prehistoric cemetary in the Aegean Sea and having been used for over a thousand years (2400 B.C.- 1200 B.C.) it hosts a large number of buildings of all architectural types known, including five vaulted tombs.
The Mansion in Vathipetro is a Minoan Villa located in Piso Livadia, 4 km south of Archanes.
A winepress, an olive press, a pottery workshop and a ceramic furnace were found there during the excavations.
The important archaeological findings from the surrounding area of Archanes (Vathipetro,Fourni, Anemospilia), and the town itself, are now in the Archaeological Museum, a restored building in the traditional town of
in 1993 was an initiative of the archaeologists John and Efi Sakellarakis.
The role of Archanes during the recent history of the island of Crete was equally important.
The town of Archanes played a coordinative and organizational role, contributing decisively to the Cretan Revolts in 1866 and 1897, and faced the Turkish attacks bravely.
During World War II and, more specifically, during the period of the Battle of Crete, the Administration Center of the Greek Forces was settled in Archanes and, later on, during the German Occupation the first espionage echelon in Crete was organized in Archanes.
The town of Arhanes is located at the foot of Mountain Giouchtas that is considered to the most important mountain in the area, not only because of its location and its shape that looks like a human head, but also because of its archaeological and ecological value.
Giouchtas is 811m. high and according to mythology was the place where Zeus was burried.
Besides, the human shape of the mountain is related to Zeus, too.
Location Type Away from it all, Other
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$187 - $282||$187 - $282||$1,306 - $1,972||$5,595 - $8,450||3 nights|
|Dec. 22 2012 - Jan. 3 2013||$282||$282||$1,972||$8,450||3 nights|
|Mar. 23 2013 - Apr. 30 2013
|May. 1 2013 - May. 31 2013
|Jun. 1 2013 - Jun. 30 2013
|Jul. 1 2013 - Aug. 31 2013
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Sep. 1 2013 - Sep. 30 2013
|Oct. 1 2013 - Dec. 21 2013
Low: Fall & Winter
|All Other Dates||$256||$256||-||-||3 nights|
|View all 8 Rate Periods|
Additional notes from owner
NOTICE. For the following periods:
- April to June
- October to December
the rates indicated are for a 2 person stay. For every extra person, please add a 19 Euro per night fee.
Rates include VAT and Booking/Credit card processing fee.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 07, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Glasgow, United Kingdom
The villa was lovely, and was as described in the pictures. The village of archanes is a traditional Cretan village, and is charming, and has everything you need, with lots of tavernas within walking distance. We had a great time here, and hired a car to explore lots of interesting places in Crete. Would book again.
Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
Excellent villa in a quiet village
Before arriving I was quite sure the pictures and description would lie somehow. Everything looked just a bit too good. Surely the pool would turn out to be just a small puddle. No way would the air conditioning work every room. At least there wouldn't be a free wifi like promised.
Boy was I glad to be wrong. Everything was a-okay and working as promised. The kitchen was well stocked, showers and air conditioning working wonderfully and washing machine took care of the sports clothes after our morning jog. We were a family of 4 with an aunt and grandparents thrown in. Everybody got their own bedrooms and were happy with the living quarters. We splashed in the pool with the kids during the day and had barbeques at the grill in the backyard.
The staff was exctremely helpful and we felt we could turn to them even with the smallest of questions. When our child got sick and we needed to find a pharmacy, the staff went out of their way to find which pharmacy in the village would be open on weekends.
The village is very pictoresque and above all authentic. It seems as if it hasn't been touched by tourism in any way. There were no annoying street vendors, no pushy door men, no gaudy neon lights. Yet almost everybody spoke enough English to communicate with travellers. Still restaurants and cafes were aplenty for such a small village. There were many bakeries from which to buy fresh bread for breakfast and small supermarkets for all the other groceries. We had rented two cars to get around the island and reach the beach (necessary), but ended up mostly just walking around the village or hanging out at the pool.
All in all we had an enjoyable week because of the fantastic villa and the wonderful village. I would recommend archanes and this villa to anybody tired of the same old beach and hotel routine.
The owners of this villa couldn't have been more helpful without being in any way intrusive. We did get caught out be a bank holiday and it would have been good if thay had told us about that but this is a small detail. The villa itself is lovely, well laid out and well equipped. The doors opening out onto the garden and the pool open the place up but would be a real problem with small children, a nightmare in fact. The villa is described as sleeping 7, which technically it does but it would not accomodate 7 in other ways. There are only 4 pool loungers, 4 chairs in the living area and 4 chairs at each of the tables, plus the upstairs bedroom is seperated from the living area by a glass wall and no curtain so no privacy. However,as we were a party of 4 none of this was a problem. In comparision with other villa rentals it is excellent value for money but you would be disappointed if you arrived in a party of 7. Archanes itself is a lovely village with everything you need and well worth a bit of a poke around. Wander off the beaten track a bit and it is beautiful. Car hire is necessary to get the most out of Crete. We went in august and it was very hot, I think it would be spectacular in Spring and much more pleasent to wander around
The whole family enjoyed it - different from hotels.
We came from Israel to Crete, continuing our holiday, having a horrible experiece with our hotel as we were left out due to a double booking; but they were kind enough to move us to Phaistos. Such a lovely scenery, nothing to do with hotels, a whole different experience. We had a full house on our own with everything, and it was more than what we expected. My family was very lucky with this and our vacation had a happy end.
We are back in athens now for Seminars at the University of athens, and we were invited to add our opinion for our stay; well, it was really nice, and we recommend it.
We loved it.
Well, yes! You Greek people have some unique houses and some unspoilt places. We had a week in Phaistos and stayed in Crete for a month on our Honeymoon. We had such a lovely time; we are the outdoor type and we didn't stay much at the house, but for the little we did it's thumbs up. Such a wild scenery! You could smell the sea salt from your room and the sunset was really nice. Thank you for everything.