About Crete

The cradle of European Civilization - the Island of Crete and its genuinely friendly people, welcome you and wish you a wonderful stay! Some will be visiting for the first time, whilst others have now become regulars, but either way, we promise you a truly memorable Mediterranean travelling experience.

Whether your visit is for relaxation or to explore and discover the many well known and countless hidden treasures of Crete, you will not be disappointed by the diversity of the landscape – the rugged mountains, the endless beaches and the turquoise seas, the many cities, towns and villages, and stunning countryside. Live the essence and the heartbeat of the Island from dawn till dusk and discover... Your Crete!

History

Island's History

Crete is the place where myths look like history and history is like a myth. From the distant past to the present day, every place on the island has a short or long story to tell.
Due to its strategic geographical position, Crete, apart from a crossroads of three continents, has been from the beginning of its history the apple of discord for every conqueror.
The ancestors of the Cretans are the Minoans. However the island was also colonized by Achaeans, Dorians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians and Turks. Also, for a long time the pirates of the Mediterranean Sea were infesting its shores.
The fortifications that you can find in all modern cities of Crete, as well as the fortresses raised as observatories on the capes and the islets that surround it, witness the island’s endless adventures.

Nature

Nature

Nature has given its best gifts to the Cretan landscape. Natural monuments, chiseled by the passage of time, are standing here, narrating events of the past centuries. The alternations of the landscape are impressive.
The green color of the plains, the gray of the precipitous cliffs and the deep blue of the sea create an unbelievable combination which carries the visitor away into a journey and uplifts the soul. The endemic flora ads its own colors and aromas, within which a rare fauna is living.
In Crete, the inhospitable and barren mountain landscape is harmoniously joined with the fertile green plains, the blond sand, the deep blue of the sea and all together with the light blue sunny sky in a unique harmony.

Enjoy

Enjoy

The island of Crete has a very lively entertainment style. The Cretan people, whether in peace or war, never gave up music and dance.
This tradition is still alive today, as there are hundreds of music and dance associations. At the same time, modern forms of artistic expression have been developed. Events are organized throughout the year everywhere on the island, with dance, song and theatre. Moreover, there are hundreds of entertainment places with modern music from Greece, Europe and America.

Beaches

Beaches

Thousands kilometers of coasts, chiselled by the sea water and the wind, form the borders of its magnitude. Cretan Taste & Nutrition

Taste

The Cretan diet is not just a variety of dishes laid on the table. It comprises a whole philosophy of life and represents the lifestyle of the Cretan people. In the Cretan culture food plays a central role.
The unique Cretan Diet is a healthy and tasty diet with centuries-old recipes and modern creative versions, which are always cooked, of course, with the same top quality pure products of the blessed Cretan earth. This diet is not just a variety of dishes presented on the table; it embodies a whole philosophy of life, the quality way of life of the Cretan people. The lucky ones that will visit the modern restaurants in the cities or the small taverns and cafes in the country will have wonderful experiences, participating in the life of the local people.

Golden Villas

Golden Villas

Welcome to Golden Villas, luxury villas & apartments built in a panoramic hill top with lovely view overlooking the beautiful Chersonissos and the Aegean Sea and enjoy relaxing and carefree vacations.

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Accomodation

Accomodation

Our large and comfortable rooms, the individual private terraces, the private or shared pools in conjunction with our prices will lead to the selection of Golden Villas as the most suitable party for unique holidays!

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Location

Καλωσήρθατε

Golden Villas are located on the hill Drpanos, north of the mountain Dikti, near the village of Chersonissos, 30km east from Heraklion and 25km from Nikos Kazantzakis airport.

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Excursions

Excursions

Crete has a unique ability... you never get bored! Golden Villas are located in a place where near you can find interesting destinations such as excavations at Malia, Knossos, Lassithi Plateau etc.

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Book your Car

Book your Car

Golden Villas in cooperation with local car rental company offers car rental service, with no deposit or credit card, in just 2 steps and at great prices!

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Transportation

Transportation

Arriving at the airport or port of Heraklion? Want to visit an attraction or local markets? Now you can book your transfer easily and quickly!

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