“Vivien's well-equipped Penthouse Apartment was an amazing place to stay with spectacular 360 degree views of Chania city, the sea and the mountains. We enjoyed being able to walk into the centre, along the coast to Chalepa and around the nearby Technical University of Crete Park for preservation of flora and fauna. Thanks to Vivien's recommendations we ate at some excellent tavernas in Chania itself but also further afield in Marathi and Tsikalaria. One of our best memories was sitting on the spacious outside terraces watching the swifts flying around. As we had postponed our visit from March to June because of the lockdown it was useful to cool off in the outside 'sitting pool'. We would definitely recommend the apartment for exploring Chania and the surrounding area.”
Vivien 's reviewsAs a host (3)
“Being at the Vivien and Chris’s penthouse was such an amazing experience.. an incredible view on Chania city and the sea with mountains! The saloon is huge and all the bedrooms are really comfortable! The terrace with the cozy little pool is such a unique sunny place where you can have a full relax ! Thank you Vivien for your kindness and hospitality, we will come back again as now we felt in love with Crete! Barbara and Leonardo ”
“This is one of the most amazing houses ever met in our trips! The house is really comfortable with an incredible view on the sea and Chania village, with romantic sunsets! The terrace and the pool are really useful to relax in extremely privacy. Vivien is a really helpful host and she’s been such gentle and kind with us. Thanks for everything! The position is perfect. We will recommend your house to all our friends that will come to Crete! ”
Where is it?
Local Information & Nearby
There is a supermarket five minutes walk away. And Lentariana high street has a large supermarket, a butcher, a delicatessen, a hardware store and everything you would expect in a high street. But no chain stores. The fish shop will cook your fish over a grill and pack it for you to collect at your given time. And it is open on Sundays. Lidl supermarket is a five minute drive away
NOTES FOR THOSE WHO DON’T WANT TO RENT A CAR.
The apartment is within easy walking distance, downhill, into Chania.
There is a bus stop close by which will take you to and from Chania. The bus stops opposite the Agora.
A taxi back to the apartment from the Agora is 3 euros 60 cents: about the same as two bus tickets back.
The main bus station to places over most of western Crete is a 5 minute walk from the Agora.
If you want to go on private excursions we can arrange a private car and an English speaking driver for half day excursions (20 euros + petrol) or full day excursions 40 euros + petrol.
DISTANCES FROM APARTMENT BY CAR:
Airport 20 mins
Venetian harbour 10 mins
Saturday market 10 mins
Marathi Beach 20 mins
Akrotiri monesteries 30 mins
Stavros beach 30 mins
Falassana beach 50 mins
Therisso 45 mins
Aptera 20 mins
Koulouris Rock Pool
The nearest place to swim is KOULOURIS a five minute drive away. Koulouris is a breathtakingly beautiful natural pool formed by rocks. The cliffs above protect it from view and the locals have kept it for themselves.
THALASSINO AGERI is a fish taverna in Tampakaria sited amongst abandoned tanneries. The tables are on the rocks, practically in the water. Go there to watch the sun setting over Chania. Five minutes drive away.
AGIAS KIRIAKIS is a tiny church by a stony beach and a small boat harbour. And a taverna by the water which is serene even in August. Except during Panigyri (festival).
Venezelos Residence and Museum
VENEZELOS RESIDENCE AND MUSEUM is the restored ancestral home of Crete’s most revered politician. Next door is the CRETAN PALACE. They are in a charming square which has Dagkli, the best coffee shop in Chania.
OXO NOU arts cafe
OXO NOU ARTS CAFE is on the rocks, close to Agias Kiriakis, reached by a steep flight of stairs from the road. It stages theater and concerts. And you can learn to dance the Tango.
A walk into Chania from Chalepa
A WALK INTO CHANIA FROM CHALEPA along the coastal path. Start the walk at Thalassino Ageri. When you hit the main road ,stay on the footpath beside the sea until you come to a crossroads with a large sculpture of the winged Icarus on your right. Walk past Icarus along the coastal path, into Koum Kapi beach which is lined with coffee shops. The waters here are shallow and safe. From there you are five minutes away from the old town. It is about a 30 minute stroll.
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