The silence across the olive tree valley below was blissful, save for the occasional cockerel crow and the intermittent jangle of tin bells from the odd stray foraging goat. Welcome to rural village Crete, just a 15 minute drive away from the resort of Georgiopoulis and a million miles from the hustle and bustle of home. For us, this was different from previous holidays in Crete where Rethymnon and Elounda gave us the contrast of a resort base to tour this lovely island. A stay in Kastellos village is a life living among the locals, a taste of real Crete where nobody speaks English. And why should they? We got by with what little Greek we had picked up over the years and it was enough for us to get a warm welcome – not as tourists – but as friends. We stayed in the Agathes apartments at the bottom end of the village which sit in the hillside above the valley, with views of the sea in the distance. These are beautifully appointed and tastefully created Cretan style buildings, lovely archways, nooks and crannies in which to sit – and a wonderful pool area where you can be in blissful isolation in your own little world. We had the complex to ourselves on the four days we were there and the pace of life is slow to almost stop. Yiannis, the owner, greeted us and settled us in and then left us to enjoy one of our best holidays on the island. The isolation was only broken by the mobile bread man and greengrocer beckoning us to their well-stocked vans, and our trips up to the top of the village to the taverna run by Maria and her lovely family, where locals welcome you as friends and ply you with traditional Cretan food and drink and lots of bonhomie. This is the antidote to the rat race, a different world where you can practice your Greek – and Maria’s middle son Giorgios and daughter Maria can try out the English they are learning at school. The food – fresh and very good – is just part of the whole experience of being welcomed into a different culture albeit for a brief moment in time. We can’t wait to go back and renew acquaintances with our new friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kastellos Village is situated in the picturesque village of Kastellos in Georgioupolis, Chania and comprises of two complexes. Each one of these complexes consists of 4 traditional houses built in 1650, but been fully rebuilt in 2009 and offer all modern comforts and a magnificent ambiance to all guests. The complex is ideal for those wishing to escape everyday routine and relax enjoying the Cretan countryside. All houses are independent and fully equipped. They are built according to the traditional architecture. On the outside, beautiful stone work frames the dark green doorways and windows, further accentuated by the pastel strawberry and lemon walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kastellos Village Crete/Georgioupolis