The Villa Mia sits just above the traditional Cretan village of Gavalohori in Western Crete in an area known as Apokoronas.
It is located about 20km east of the city of Chania and is about 45 minutes drive from the nearest airport, which is Chania/Souda (CHQ) - and is about 7 minutes drive from the nearest beach at Almyrida.
The island's capital, Heraklion (or "Iraklion") also has an international airport (HER) and is about 2 hours drive away along the main coastal National Road.
Crete is about 4 hours flying time from the UK. It is the largest island in Greece and the southernmost landmass in Europe, being some 150 miles off the African coast and therefore enjoying year round sunshine.
As with the rest of Greece, Crete has used the Euro currency since 2002 and, as all mainland Europe, drive on the right.
English is widely spoken but a few Greek phrases will get you a long way with the friendly locals.
Crete has kept to the traditional way of Greek life, and our part of the island remains quiet and unspoilt. Do you remember many years ago when the attendant at your local filling station used to pump your petrol for you? Well here they still do!
The nearby seaside villages provide a variety of tavernas and nightlife, with gently shelving sandy beaches for all the family. Nearby Almyrida offers water sports including sailing, wind surfing, scuba diving and canoeing and there is horse riding at Georgioupolis just 20 minutes drive east. Less than an hours drive west is a spectacular water park, if the pool and beaches are not enough for the kids!
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