Description from the owner
Description from the owner
This design country mansion has been recently restored into a luxury vacation house with exquisite taste and personal air and character.
The house is 185 m2, enclosing a 60m2 courtyard with a 100m2 top terrace. It can accommodate up to 8 persons, since it has 5 main rooms, three of which are double bedrooms, a sitting room with Venetian style fireplace, a dining room with two couch-beds, a spacious kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. It is furnished with original neoclassical furniture, art objects and paintings of contemporary Greek artists.
All rooms open either to the courtyard or the terrace, capturing breathtaking views to the sea.
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PASIPHAE ART COUNTRY HOUSE Ierapetra, Crete, Greece
Additional Location Information
The ANATOLI VILLAGE, folding down a slope behind the city of Ierapetra, is dating at least from Byzantine times, while recent excavations on a hill above the village might place it to archaic times.
It has retained its medieval architectural character and its rich natural environment, while it is at close distance to some of the most beautiful, sandy, blue flag beaches of southeastern Crete. At 600m altitude it captures fantastic views to the sea while being surrounded by the olive groves, typical of the Cretan landscape, gigantic rock formations and natural spring waters. In the village there is a local family tavern with very good inexpensive food and a mini market, while in the neighboring villages there are several other taverns among which in AGIA PARASKEVI an excellent one. At 12 km the city of IERAPETRA offers all facilities and activities of a big city (shops, supermarkets, banks, doctors, water front esplanade with restaurants and cafes, archaeological Collection, organized beach etc),while the cosmopolitan city of AGIOS NICOLAOS (capital of the prefecture) is just at 20km
Daily cultural excursions to archaeological sites, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, churches and chapels and natural places of outstanding beauty can be combined with swimming to these beautiful beaches, all supported by picturesque taverns.
WHERE TO SWIM: Sandy beaches extend either to the northeast (the gulf of Mirabello), or to the southeast (Libyan Sea). At Kalo Chorio (ancient site “Istron”) are found two of the most famous beaches of Crete with azure waters, “VOULISMA” and “AGIOS PANTELEIMON”, while east of Ierapetra extend kilometers of sandy beaches and small sea gulfs, among which the best are AGIA GALINI (next is Kakkos Bay Hotel, laid out in another beautiful gulf and open to the public), AGIA FOTIA, PSAROPOULA (next to Kakkos Hotel, with an excellent fish tavern) KOUTSOUNARI etc.
On the other west side of Ierapetra the village of MYRTOS take the mountainous road through the village of Malles to reach it a fantastic experience-offers also a beautiful, sandy beach. Beyond Myrtos extend isolated places to swim, up to KERATOCAMPOS.
You should not miss a day trip to CHRISSI ISLAND (the Golden Sand beach), the most renowned beach island - a natural sanctuary. Natural environment of exceptional beauty, beach with sand and azure waters . Boat schedules from the port of Ierapetra.
SIGHTSEEING:This part of Crete has some of the most renowned monuments you should not miss on your first visit, together with others, representatives of the rich island’ s history..
Archaeological sites is ZAKROS (the fourth palatine site of Minoan Crete) set in beautiful landscape with the seashore picturesque village of Nea Zakros, for swimming and eating.
HELLENISTIC CITY OF LATO flourished during classical and Hellenistic periods, is located on the outskirts of Agios Nicolaos, where you can admire the model of planning of an archaic Greek city, also recognizable in Roman cities, and depicted, as prevailing idea in cities through ages (ex. Regency Street, London as an attractive city spine with monuments and economic activities).
On the way to Lato, stop at the Byzantine Church of PANAGIA KERA considered a unique monument of its kind in Crete, all frescoed from 13th to 14th century, depicting the techniques towards renaissance, before the style was transferred to the West with the fall of Constantinople.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF GOURNIA and MALLIA
MONI TOPLOU, frescoed medieval monastery dating from the 14th century, and important castle stronghold during Venetian times. From there you can swim in VAI BAY one of the most famous shores of Crete, with fine sand and Palm trees, and visit ITANOS, the last eastern city of Minoan times, with ideal port location for exchanges with Anatolia and Egypt.
The PSYCHRO or DIKTAION CAVE is an impressive cave and archaeological site, located at the Lassithi Plateau, near the village of Psychro. It contains a Minoan to Archaic period sanctuary of Zeus, who according to mythology was born there, before being taken to the Ideon Cave and nurtured by the goat Amaltheia. A 15 min stepped walkway or donkey ride will bring you to the entrance of the cave, while it is worth visiting some of the villages of the Plateau, like St. George, St. Constantine and also Psychro.
MILATOS CAVE- a very interesting perplex cave, now a place of memory, where 3000 locals took refuge during Turkish occupation, to be executed after its seize.
MATALA CAVES-very famous place, ideal for swimming
SPINALOGA CASTLE ISLAND from Venetian times, now an open air museum .
For nature lovers don't miss an excursion to the Gorges of SARAKINA (between the villages of Anatoli and Malles) and KRITSA, the forest of SELAKANO (west of Anatoli). In Anatoli 3 walking paths start from different points of the village-marked with signs and charts- leading to the fields of the locals, that used to cultivate till recently, and with miniature chapels for their protection and worship while working there. All walking paths pass through landscapes of natural beauty.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS-COLLECTIONS OF AGIOS NICOLAOS (important) and IERAPETRA (a collection of sarcophagus only but worth visiting).
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways
Nearest airport: Heraklion airport, 4.35 miles
Nearest ferry port: Heraklion port, 4.35 miles
Car is essential