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Self drive Tour Home from Home

A Crete round trip for families up to 6 people. Travel to Crete with friends or with the large family. 15 day round trip, stays in 3 dream houses in the most beautiful regions of Crete. Charming houses with Mediterranean ambience and private pool with stunning views. Discover the colourful markets, explore the nature reserves, and the most beautiful beaches of Crete together and let the evening end in private on the pool terrace with a barbecue. The real luxury here is the freedom to enjoy your time in private ambience with your loved ones. And the best is that these houses are even cheaper with an occupancy of 4,5, or 6 people than staying in a comfort hotel.

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1. Location in East Crete in Milatos, Milatos Residences in the inland of Agios Nikolaos 250 m above the sea level with stunnig view to the Mediterranean Sea.

Milatos consists of two districts, the "Paralia Milatos" the part at the beach and the "Ano Milatos" in the inland, the small town has been inhabited 3000 years ago. Today Milatos is a sleepy fishing village with a small harbor. The small bays have a clean pebble beach and a small sandy bay. The upper district in the inland "Pano Milatos", is a protected settlement. Many old houses have been faithfully and lovingly restored. The highlight of this village is the tavern with live music and the village church, but also the Milatos cave. Unlike the neighboring towns of Malia and Elounda, Milatos is still very sleepy with some taverns at the beach. In the winding hinterland is the mountain village of Kounali with its village tavern, which offers cyclists refreshments (the region is very popular with cycling enthusiasts and paragliders). In short you will feel comfortable in Milatos when you are seeking a authentic village without mass tourism

2. Location in the South of Crete Beachfront Villas Plakias in the seafront of the village Plakias
Plakias is one of the most picturesque seaside villages of Crete´s South coast surrounded by fantastic small hidden bays. Located around 114 km from Heraklion Airport and 93 km from Chania and 39 km from Rethymnon. Coming from Rethymnon past the impressive Kourtaliotiko Gorge, the Plakias Bay opens up. Because of the fantastic sandy beaches this region becomes more and more popular. Tavernas are dotted close together at the small harbour from where boats go to the palm beach of Preveli. The main beach of Plakias is a gently sloping sandy beach. This 1.5 km long sandy beach is surrounded by small tavernas and cafes.

3. Location the West of CreteKastelli Seafront Villas Kastelli-Kissamoss is the most westerly town of Crete. Enthroned on a hill over the city, like a grand hotel that has seen better days is the fortress Polirinia ( 5 km in the inland). The Dorians erected this town and Kastelli-Kissamos was the seaport. A visit to this village is worth it not only because of the archeological excavations. Those who have finally reached the top of the mountain of Polirinia after a long climb are rewarded by a view of the world that they have never seen before. The beach is mostly shingle and deserted. Around Kastelli there are also some sandy bays. The inland is notable for green scenery olive trees as far as the eye can see. The Rodoupou Peninsular to the North and the wild Gramvoussa to the South give the bay a formidable setting. Both peninsulars are barely inhabited. Visit the best awarded beaches of Crete; the Lagoon Elafonisi, the Lagoon Balos, Falassarna Beach.
All three holiday homes are located in the best places of Crete. WiFi in all houses, 2 separate bedrooms, a kitchen-living room with good kitchen equipment and furnished terraces.

The first stop is East Crete Milatos Residences in the inland of Agios Nikolaos 250 m above the sea level with stunnig view to the Mediterranean Sea.

occupancy 2-6 guests:
5 days in a holiday home Milatos Residence The small, modern hideaway near Milatos / Agios Nikolaos consists of 10 small holiday homes with two separate bedrooms for 4-6 people each. The 2 bedroom villa comes with sea or mountain views, 110 m², 300 m² property, both bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, full kitchen, 1 living / dining room. All sleeping-rooms with air conditioning / heating, private parking lot for 2 cars, private pool-Terrace with BBQ.

2. Station Plakias Beachfront Villas Plakias in the south coast. Occupancy up to 2-7 guests
You stay here in Plakias directly at the sea in the Beachfront Villas in Plakias Your Bechfront Villas Plakias comes with 3 bedroom with private pool and sea views. Villa with two floors and an area of 120 sqm to 130 m² for up to 6-7 people
Nespresso machine, fireplace, bathrobe, bathroom, OLIVIA cosmetics hair dryer, magnifying mirror, safe, free wi-fi.
Ground floor: living room, kitchen, 1 double bed with bath, toilet, storage room and veranda by the pool and garden area
1st floor:
2 double beds & 2 single beds, washing machine, veranda with outdoor dining table and view of the sea.
sun beds, parasols, dining table, parking lot, private entrance. Breakfast can optionally be booked .

3rd station West Crete Kastelli Seafront Villas occupancy 2-6 guests

your holiday home comes with sharring pool, 2 separate bedrooms, air conditioning, washing machine, bathtub and shower, free wifi, hairdryer. Pool view, a open plan kitchen-living room with a day bed for the 5th and 6th person. An extra bed for a cot up to 2 years is possible on request. The furnished, private roof terrace with a parasol and seating offers partial sea views from the side.
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
Tours & Trips
+ Visit the Monastery Agia TriadaThe Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) Monastery is probably the most impressive monastic complex of the final period of Venetian rule on Crete, due to both its scale and architectural form. The organic-olive oil of the Monastery Agia Triada has won many awards, there is a small Monastery Shop where you can buy this delicious organic olive-oil. The olive-oil of Agia Triada meets our standards from our online-shop greekmarketsquare.com you can purchase this organic olive oil in our online shop.

+ The Monastery ArkadiArkadi Monastery is perhaps the best-known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866. Arkadi was designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument.

+ The nature reserve Balos Lagoonin western Crete. This day-cruise can be booked for extra charge 35 € per person

+ The nature reserves the table Omalos Tableland in western Crete
and the Xyloskalo - Panorama-Restaurant with panorama view to the Samaria Gorge and the snow covered "White Mountains". After a good dinner in the rustic restaurant at the fireside you taste the traditional delicious speciality of this region "Sfakiani Pita" and enjoy your Malotira & Dictamus - Tea.

+ Visit the Botanical Park of Crete The Botanical Park consist of nearly 20 hectares full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals!

+ South-Coast Tour for swimming and snorkelling and visiting the Monastery Chrissoskalitisa and the Lagoon Elafonissi
this excursion can be booked for an extra charge 35 € per person (if you don´t have a car)

+ Guided Tour for western Crete "The traditional Crete":The inland of Rethymno prefecture hides many secrets. You´ll visit a Cave, Monasteries, Mountain - Villages, an old olive oil factory, and the "Dam Fragma Potamon". Explore the traditional Cretan lifestyle and of course some historical facts of Crete. The first stop is at Melidoni Cave, a cave full of history and dates to the Neolithic Period based on tools and items found it the cave. Can be booked optionally price per person including a traditional meal in a rustic taverna 40 €.

+ Guided Tour western Crete hiking day-tour through the national park Samaria Gorge the oldest nature reserve of Crete. This excursion can be booked in advance for an extra charge 35 € per person

+ Guided Tour western Crete hiking day-tour through the Agia Irini Gorge This Gorge is part of the European Walking Path E4.

Tours & Trip-Suggestions from Plakias to the surrounding area
+ If you cannot hike through the Samaria Gorge
for health reasons, you can take the ferry from Coastal village Sfakia to the exit of the Samaria Gorge "Agia Roumeli". Agia Roumeli is a car-free place that can only be reached by ferry. The famous narrowest part of the Gorge is easily accessible from the bottom in Agia Roumeli. This short hike from the exit to the narrowest point and back to Agia Roumeli takes about 2 1/2 hours. On this tour you will admire the steeply sloping mountain from the seaside, it is an impressive seaway. The Samaria Gorge is the longest and narrowest gorge in Europe. The oldest national park of Crete is a real nature wonder.

The public transport in the South of Crete is not well developed. If you want to explore the South, a rental car is a MUST. Hikers can use the ferry as a means of transport between the places on the south coast. However, it does not pay off if you use the ferry too often and it is more expensive than renting a car. The transfer to the south coast alone is just as expensive "one-way" as a week's rental car.

+ Immerse yourself in the colourful culture Rethymnon. The history of Rethymnon goes back to the Neolithic. The symbol of the city are the two playing dolphins, which were also depicted on coins from the Hellenistic period, and onto the city wall, the Fortezza.

+ The boat tour from Plakias to the Palm canyon Preveli. . The boats regularly run several times a day from Plakias to the mouth of the Preveli palm gorge.

+ from Plakias to the mountain village Spili and from there down to the south coast to the beaches Agios Pavlos Sandhills to Triopetra and to the beach Ligres Beach

. + The Mammut Tour: For this tour you must leave very early if you want to see it all
From Plakias drive southeast in the direction of Agia Galini then to the archaeological site Gortys the oldest legal table in Europe will impress you. Then head south to the excavations of Phaistos and then to South coast to Matala. In the small south coast town Matala you will discover the hippie caves and more. Immerse yourself in the hippie world of Matala and its history and go for swimming in the beautiful bays.

+ The off-road tour to the bay Agio Farago Beach; Please bear in mind that this tour can only In East Crete:

+ Visit the archaelogical Museum of Heraklion, it is one of the most important Museums of Europe.

+ Visit one of the oldest Orthodox Churches Panagia Kera and one of the most picturesque mountain village of Crete Kritsa

+ The archaeological site Knossos is the most important excavation of Crete. Sir Arthur John Evans the English archaeologist unearthing the palace of Knossos he discovered the oldest high culture of Europe the Minoan civilisation.

The Mammut-Tour: for this tour you must start early in the morning
+ On the wheels southwards first you visit the archaeological site and Gortys
and then you continue southwards to the excavations of Phaistos and then again towards south to the coastal town Matala in the footsteps of hippies and easy life. Visit the Hippie-Caves and get your swimming trunks wet in the deep blue of the sea.

+ Explore the vibrant capital Heraklion in the East of Crete. The city of Heraklion is the capital of Crete and has approx. 200,000 inhabitants, business and administrative Center of the island, cultural and historical highlight, chaos, and lively activity. The city has a long history. Minoans, Saracens, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks, they all gave the city a special ambience.

+Visit SpinalongaThe Spinalonga - Fort & Island Spinalonga is in the gulf of Elounda, it is one of the most famous places on the island! The rocky island is situated directly opposite the village of Plaka, the fortified islet is a classic excursion. The history of Spinalonga goes back to the antiquity when the islet contained an ancient acropolis and protected the ancient sunken city of Olous. The trips to the Island Spinalonga from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka are organized tours. The archaeological sites are opened at least 9am to 5:45pm but it can be from 8am in Summer. In the wintertime from November to March it is closed, sometimes it may open on weekends if the weather is good.

+ Day-Cruise to the offshore Island Koufonissi This small Island is a Wildlife Refuge. Due to its stunning natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. This day-cruise can be booked in advance price per person 35 €.

+ The Palm Forest Vai and its Monastery Toplou for this day trip you must start early in the morning. You must arrive there before the crowds arrive with the huge tourist-buses. Even it is over-crowded in the summertime, it is worth to see! A real paradise for bathing when you arrive there before the crowds. We started from Agios Nikolaos at 4 AM!
+ One of the most renowned table lands of Crete is the Lassithi Plateau with its dam and its Monastery Kera Kardiotissis

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Excursions The following excursions can we book in advance for you on this trip:
1. The day cruise to the nature reserve to the Lagoon Balos
2. The day hike through the Samaria Gorge
3. The day hike through the Agia Irini Gorge. This Gorge is part of the European Path E4.
4. The day cruise to the island of Santorin including sightseeing tour on Santorin
5. day tour Crete Country & people from / to Rethymnon in small groups
6. The day cruise on the southeast coast from / to the port of Ierapetra to the nature reserve, to the island Chrissy
7. The day cruise in the southeast from / to the port of Makri Gialos to the nature reserve, to the Island Koufonissi We´ve designed our website with you in mind. The detailed descriptions of our accommodations and destinations should help you make the right choice. Take a look at our photos and videos to get a taste. Have you already checked everything? You don't know where to stay in Crete? Looking for inspiration? Let's plan your vacation. We are not a call center or an anonymous company. We are your personal experts for Crete and Greece since 1989! Our goal is to meet your expectations so that you can realize your dream on Crete.
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