The house is built right next to the sea. It is ideal for family vacations.A place where you can spend both your winter and summer holidays. There are plenty of hiking paths and climbing routes that you can use throughout the year. The beautiful beach that lies a few meters away from the house offers clear and crystal waters. The uniqueness of nature and the feeling of isolation you are going to feel during your staying on Ai-Giannis will totally fulfill you.
The house is built right next to the sea. It is ideal for family vacations or friends vacation.The beautiful beach that lies a few meters away from the house offers clear and crystal waters. The uniqueness of nature and the feeling of isolation you are going to feel during your staying on Ai-Giannis will totally fulfill you. Enjoy the sea view while sitting next to the wood stove (during winter) or in the veranda (during summer).
You can check a beautiful video (captured by a drone) of the house as well as the entire village on Youtube searching for "Beautiful South Crete Experience next to the Sea".
The 60m2 house consists of 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, a sitting/kitchen room. All of the rooms are equipped with an A/C.A big veranda lies in the front side of the house where you can spend the majority of the time listening to the sea.
Guest accessA small guide on your access to the property:
The area is accessible only by car. (There is no public transport)
The distance from Heraklion to the property is about 70 km.
You will first go through 63 km (about 1 hour) of the road is made of asphalt. You will reach the Asterousia sierra in about 53km. You will arrive to Loukia village which is on the foot of the mountain.
You will then drive for about 8 km to Kapetaniana village. The road network is in good condition (the road is also made of asphalt) . There are plenty of curves climbing up the mountain but there are plenty of metal protective barriers through out the route. The average driving speed is about 30-40 km/h.
You will come across Kapetaniana village right on top of the mountain. That is where the dirt road starts. The next 3 km are fairly demanding. You will be driving on the top of the Sierra. The road is quite bumpy, wide enough and there are plenty of open-easy turns.
The last 4 km (starting from the last mountain top to the village) are going to be the most demanding yet rewarding at the same time. You will have to move carefully with an average speed of 20-30km/hour. There are plenty of curves as seen on the picture-marked with a green marker road. The road was recently upgraded as concrete was poured. The landscape combines a gorge, the fairly vegetated mountains and the beautiful sea getting lost in the horizon.
I would strongly recommend on renting an 4X4 or an SUV but you can also access the property with a smaller vehicle (as long as you drive carefully the last 4 km of the route.
Most of the visitors drive to Ai-Giannis using small and low frame vehicles without experiencing any problem. A larger car can definitely make your trip more comfortable. It is more like placebo because in conclusion, it is all about the driver’s experience.
I can send you a ten-page guide to your email. You can find plenty of photos and details about how to access the property.
Interaction with guests
Since there is no internet infrastructure in the area a data sim card will be provided during your stay. You can use 2GB for a short stay, 3GB for a stay up to 15 days and 5GB for a longer stay. (You can buy extra data online in case you run out of data during your stay using a prepaid/debit/credit card). More info will be sent to you via email. You can access the internet through a sim pocket wifi connecting up to 10 devices (smartphones, laptops)
I would like to inform you that the only available network provider around Ai-Giannis area is Cosmote. That is one of the reasons why I decided to provide you a cell phone equipped with a Cosmote sim card. You can use it in order to talk with me and any other Greek phone numbers for free.
Other things to note
The house is an excellent starting point to explore the nearby monasteries, the Minoan harbor and the "unknown beauty" of authentic Crete.
The famous beach of Matala lies 50 km away. A mini market is located 300 meters away from the house. You can find plenty of things such as milk,cheese,biscuits,vegetables,fruits
Kapetaniana village is located 8 km north providing mini markets and taverns.
Amenities & Services
I have to say that the apartment looks to 100 percent as good as you can see it on the pictures even a bit more! We were speechless about this amazing view we had from our huge terrace to the sea.
A wonderfully peaceful place. We loved the serenity of its location, the proximity to the sea, our own cove beach, the design of the house.
Beautiful apartment, great view and an excellent host! I will definitely stay again in this house!