20th January 2013
Top one hundred greatest holidays on the planet
Number 14: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS IN CRETE
Category E – Sleeps 2/6
Three bedrooms – Private pool – Air-conditioning – Wifi
‘You love the idea of splendid isolation in a remote villa, but wouldn’t it be nice to have somewhere lively to stroll in the evening? Here’s the ideal compromise. Villa Maza, which sleeps six, is tucked away on the edge of Maza village (pop:100), in the foothills of the White Mountains, and it’s peaceful as you could wish. A five-minute wander down the track, however, takes you to the main square and one of the best little kafeions in Crete. It’s a couple of gossiping pensioners by day, but in the evening locals flock from miles around for Voula’s simple but excellent home cooking and the banter of chummy Kostas, who has a habit of breaking into song without warning. It’s all rather fab, and the Blue Flag beaches at Giorgopoli are just 10 minutes drive away.
27th January 2013
Fifty Sensational Villas
Number 40: VILLA DIKTAMO, CRETE
Category E – Sleeps 2 – 6
3 bedrooms – 2 bathrooms – private pool – air conditioning – wifi
‘The interiors may be plain, but the setting is dramatic, surrounded by olive groves, close to Diktamo gorge. This is a neat villa with a pool and no immediate neighbours. On a long summer afternoon, all you’ll hear is the tinkling of goats’ bells. The beach at Kalives is a 10-minute drive: Chania airport is 40 minutes away.
The top 10 villa holidays in Greece
Our experts’ pick of the top 10 self-catering and villa holidays in Greece for 2015, in destinations including Crete, Mykonos, Hydra and Póros
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5. Apokóronas Village Houses, Crete
The green, hilly Apokóronas region of western Crete is conveniently handy to Haniá airport, and town . We especially like Próvarma village and its Aliki’s House (for up to five), and Villa Aloni (similar capacity, with pool) in tiny Máza hamlet. Many properties have Wi-Fi and are available from late March – both unusual traits for rural Greek villas. Pure Crete offers both flight-inclusive and accommodation-only prices for those preferring to make their own travel arrangements.
Category E sleeps 2-6
3 bedrooms – private pool – wifi – air conditioning