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Chania West Crete

  • Map of Chania, Crete, Greece

Xania ( or Chania) is the capital of the west of the island. The old Turkish mosque on the harbour has recently been renovated, as has the Venetian lighthouse at the end of superb restaurants and tavernas hidden in the old courtyards. Xania is a truly amazing experience and has much to see, including an archaeological museum, the remains of Venetian boat repair buildings and the city is built over the Minoan city of Kydonia Nearby Souda Bay is a natural harbour which houses a NATO naval base and is the departure point for ferries. The airport (CHQ) on the Akrotiri peninsular provides a convenient arrival point for visitors. One of the most famous points in the area is the Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe at 16km. its a long journey! Sfakia is a lovely town with seaside tavernas and an interesting history. The area of Apokoronas, with its beautifuly kept traditional villages, shows pure Crete at its best, especially in the spring time.

The White Mountains dominate the area and are visible wherever you go. Rising to a height of 6500 feet, they are a spectacular backdrop to the small villages dotted around the region. Beyond Xania to the west lies the town of Kastelli, Kissamou, leading to the Gramvousa peninsular and a wonderful scenic road which hugs the extreme west coast of Crete. A turning near the resort town of Maleme, takes you due south to the quiet resort of Palaeochora.

Milia Eco Traditional Settlement MILIAECO

Arguably the best eco-settlement in Crete, it is a truly wonderful example of how sustain ability and environmentally friendly tourism can be achieved. It is perhaps best described by quotes from the management team, all of whom are local to the area.

"We actually throw away very few items. All natural products are recycled, and we try to find alternative uses for everything else. All edible fruit and vegetables end up in the kitchen, while their remnants and other plants feed the animals, who provide us in turn with milk and cheese, meat, leather, wool and manure."

"Our efforts towards an improved natural environment are intensified every year with reforestation and the cultivation of a wider variety of crops and other products. We appreciate and delight in the peculiarities which each season has to offer. In our recognition that every thoughtless act towards the environment has its price, we practice humility in everything we do."

Milia offers 13 guest-houses/rooms. Each "room" is uniquely and originally furnished, and offers a distinct atmosphere from what one is normally accustomed to. The guest-houses have been built from the foundations of the old village houses with local materials - chestnut wood and stone, keeping to the architectural characteristics of the area, and are furnished with old restored furniture collected from the surrounding villages. Huge rocks comprise the walls of some of the houses, which the villagers used as parts of the buildings when they were initially built.

The comforts at Milia are basic. Rooms either have double or single beds, their own WC with shower and hot water, either fireplaces or woodstoves for heat during the winter, and most rooms have some sort of sitting space. They all have either a balcony, small terrace or garden from which one can admire the view, take a deep breath and ask themselves for what strange reason people cram themselves into cities. And as the light of the day recedes from Milia, they light candles. Solar energy provides electric power.

Milia is located in the heart of Western Crete, ideally situated for short excursions to interesting places like Elafonissi, Palaiochora and Sougia for their superb beaches, or to Kandanos, with its Byzantine churches, or Ballos and Gramvoussa, Falassarna, Polyrrhinia and Ancient Diktynna.

Cooking courses, walking tours and personal guiding are available upon request. Please note that there is no swimming pool at this property.

Accommodation Details

Milia offers 13 guest-houses/rooms. Each "room" is uniquely and originally furnished, and offers a distinct atmosphere from what one is normally accustomed to. The guest-houses have been built from the foundations of the old village houses with local materials - chestnut wood and stone, keeping to the architectural characteristics of the area, and are furnished with old restored furniture collected from the surrounding villages. Huge rocks comprise the walls of some of the houses, which the villagers used as parts of the buildings when they were initially built.

The comforts at Milia are basic. Rooms either have double or single beds, their own WC with shower and hot water, either fireplaces or woodstoves for heat during the winter, and most rooms have some sort of sitting space. They all have either a balcony, small terrace or garden from which one can admire the view, take a deep breath and ask themselves for what strange reason people cram themselves into cities. And as the light of the day recedes from Milia, they light candles. Solar energy provides electric power.

Single Room for 1 person
Single Room
£455
Standard Double for 1 - 2 people
Standard Double
£540
Large Double for 1 - 2 people
Large Double
£625
Triple Room for 2 - 3 people
Triple Room
£795
4 Person Room for 2 - 4 people
4 Person Room
£875
Suite for 1 - 2 people
Suite
£795
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