Arhontiko Traditional Cottages Archanes, Heraklion
Arhanes is a picturesque small town, at an altitude of 380 m [1280 ft]. The village is divided the by Kaeratos river valley, dividing the town into two.
Arhanes is 14 kilometres from the city of Heraklion and 7 kilometres from the Palace of Knossos. The area around Arhanes is significant for its numerous archaeological sites and for the wine that is produced in the area. The town itself still holds on to its traditional heritage, and as the sun goes down,the main square is a bustling meeting place for locals to catch up with friends and neighbours whilst enjoying a coffee in one of the many kafenions and tavernas serving authentic traditional local dishes.
The charming narrow streets of the old town are wonderful to stroll round, much of the architecture is Neo Classical and the town was awarded first prize in the 'European Upgraded Village Award'.
Arhanes is a very important Minoan site, and contains several Byzantine Churches. A wine festival is held each year, in July ,to celebrate the export of wine, raisins, and grapes. The surrounding countryside is lush and fertile, and reminiscent of the Tuscan landscape in Italy.
Arhontiko Traditional Cottages ARHO01
Situated in the award winning village of Archanes, this converted 19th century traditional villa has been restored with loving care and respect, and holds many of the original architectural features. The villa now houses 3 independent one bedroom cottages, each leading off the beautiful secluded courtyard that is bursting with colourful flowering plants, fruit trees and the gentle murmur of cicadas.
The quiet courtyard is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a cup of Greek coffee or maybe one of the many local beverages made from the unique wild herbs gathered from the sacred mountain of Jiouktas, prepared for you by the ever hospitable owners grandmother. A perfect location for those wanting to relax off the well beaten tourist track, and enjoy the spectacular scenery and hospitality of the wine growing area of Archanes.
Each cottage is built on two levels, with an interior staircase. They are fully equipped for self catering.
Each cottage has a spacious living room with stone fireplace and beautifully decorated with Cretan antiques , master bedroom with antique brass bed, bathroom with bath tub and shower. Air condition , Heating, Music, Satellite TV, Wireless Internet, Telephone, Fully equipped kitchen, Safety Box, Hair drier.
Traditional Cottage for 1 - 3 people