Location


Anna Boutique Villas are located on the outskirts of the small village of Agia Pelagia, the home village of the Polychronakis family, in an idyllic rural location with glorious views down the Fratianos gorge to the south and the Agia Pelagia valley to the north. Agia Pelagia, is close to Crete's south coast, unlike the north coast, this area is free of large scale tourist development, here you can get a real feel for traditional Greek culture, enjoy a more relaxing lifestyle and experience the genuine Cretan welcome for visitors in the tavernas and shops.
The villas are surrounded by sheep pastures, vineyards and olive groves. Despite their quiet rural setting the villas are conveniently located for local beaches, and shops and it is just a 20-minute drive to the bustling city of Rethymno with its magnificent Venetian harbour, Old Town shops, tavernas and historic Fortezza. Supermarkets, banks and Tavernas are a 10 minute drive away in Spili, a beautiful town with historic Venetian fountain.
From Anna Boutique Villas you can indulge all your holiday dreams, a lazy day beside the pool, walking in the lush green surrounding valleys, exploring the south coasts little-known beaches, touring the glorious unspoilt Amari Valley, or a days shopping in cosmopolitan Chania, whatever your choice you will always enjoy returning to the tranquility of Anna Boutique Villas. The village of Agia Pelagia is easily reached from either of Crete's two international airports, it's just a 90 minute drive to Chania airport in the west or Heraklion in the east. This central location makes it easy to visit the islands most popular attractions including the ancient Minoan cities of Knossos and Phaistos and the internationally renowned Samaria gorge. For walkers and nature lovers the area is a paradise, there are wonderful walks in the valley below the villas, taking in ancient olive groves, abandoned villages and ruined monastery, for the more adventurous the south coast gorges of Imbros, Asfendos and Kallikratis are little more than an hours drive away through dramatic coastal scenery and there are day-long excursions to the islands stunning Samaria Gorge from nearby Plakias. Inland, the beautiful Amari valley makes a wonderful day out with its ancient frescoed chapels and welcoming village tavernas or visitors can take a boat trip from nearby Hora Sfakion to the picture postcard village of Loutro which is only accessible by boat or on foot.

Wether you are planning a short visit or a longer stay there are so many things to do and see in this beautiful area that like many of our guests you will almost certainly want to return.

Beaches

Crete's south coast is blessed with some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean, many of these are just a short drive from Anna Boutique Villas. Most visitors initially head for the pretty little beach resort of Plakias where there is a beautiful long curving sandy bay and plenty of beachside tavernas and bars, with it's gently shelving sandy beach Plakias bay is safe for children. Before Plakias is the small cove of Skinaria, popular with snorkellers and scuba divers, although Skinaria may become crowded at peak times it's beautiful location and the dramatic access road makes it a firm favourite with our guests. Nearer to Plakias are the beaches of Amoudi and Damnoni, 3km beyond Plakias continuing along the beach road is the fine beach of Souda. The palm beach at Preveli is a unique spot where the palm-fringed waters of the Megalopotamos meet the clear blue Libyan sea. A wonderful 40 minute drive through the gorges of Kourtaliotis and Kotsifos and then on to a coastal road with dramatic scenery leads to Frangokastello where the sandy beaches are perfect for children. Heading eastward from Agia Pelagia the beaches of Ligres,Triopetra and Agios Pavlos are more secluded, Ligres in particular is a delightful unspoilt beach with a great taverna and terrific sunsets.

Gorges

Although Samaria is the most famous of Crete's hundreds of gorges, there are other more secluded gorges within easy reach of Anna Boutique Villas. For those wishing to walk Samaria there are organised trips from Plakias, these involve an early morning start and coach ride to the top of the gorge in the heart of Crete's White Mountains, at the foot of the gorge at Agia Roumeli a boat returns the weary walker to Hora Sfakion from where coaches return to Plakias. Nearer to the village on the dramatic south coast road to Hora Sfakion are the gorges of Kallikratis and Asfendos, here you can walk all day without seeing another visitor. A little further along the coast road is Imbros gorge, now closely rivalling Samaria in popularity, at Imbros you can park at the top of the gorge and get a local taxi ride back to your car when you reach the bottom. Ask during your stay for more information on walking these and other gorges in the area.

Walking

It is an over used phrase but the area really is a walkers paradise, particularly in the spring when the fields are full of wild flowers and the air is heavy with the scent of herbs. The area provides walking for every level of fitness, from pleasant valley rambles to hikes into the islands highest mountains. The area around the Polychronakis family village of Agia Pelagia offers many pleasant valley walks taking in the abandoned village of Ano Mixourouma and the pretty village of Frati at the head of the Fratianos gorge. Within minutes of leaving your door you can be strolling in the peaceful green valley overlooked by Anna boutique Villas, a new world of tinkling goat bells, beautiful flowers and the aroma of wild herbs. For the energetic walker there are hikes around the foothills of Crete's highest mountain Psiloritis and further afield the White Mountain range which has over 50 peaks in excess of 2000 metres. A short stroll before dinner or a days hiking in the mountains, this area has something for everyone. Ask on arrival for more information on walking in the area.


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