Grapevines was a perfect location to stay for our holiday in Makrygialos. It is walking distance (20 mins) from the harbour end of the village, although the return is uphill. The villa itself was clean and very modern with all the equipment needed for a comfortable stay, i.e. fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge area and bedrooms. The specific location of no.16 is set in the corner of Grapevines, which affords a little more privacy than some of the others and has its own sun trap late into the evening due to its position. The pool area is also very clean, well managed and necessary after a couple of hours in the Cretan sun!
The village itself is still a throwback to how many Greek island holiday villages used to be in the early 80s before mass commercialism. There are no thumping music bars, flashing neons or other such nonsense. All of the tavernas offer a mix of traditional Cretan food and general Mediterranean fayre and is excellent quality, whilst surprisingly relatively cheap. We regularly paid less than €50 for a complete meal for 3 adults including wine/beer. Ask Rosemary or Nicos at Grapevines for recommendations, she suggested a place in the harbour run by Mimi, can't remember the name but it's easy to find and really excellent food. Having stayed in many different types of property all over the Med, we would not hesitate to recommend Grapevines as a perfect base and we will definitely be coming back when we can!
Privacy and quiet of the villas/pool area
Would have benefited from table outside on kitchen terrace (ground floor)
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Nov 1, 2012
Many thanks for your kind review, glad you enjoyed your holiday. Just to let you know I bought a table and chairs for the kitchen patio when I was there in late Sept. Cahal
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