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Maleme, Crete

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At a glance

  1. Sleeps 8
  2. 3 Double Bedrooms
  3. 1 Twin Bedroom
  4. 3 Bathrooms
  5. Air Conditioning
  6. WiFi
  7. Beach 2.1km
  8. Taverna 1.7km
  • Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room (A/C, TV, Wi-Fi) with two sets of French doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Kitchenette with door to barbecue area. Twin bedroom (A/C) with French doors to terrace. Shower room. Washing machine.
  • First Floor: Double bedroom (A/C, TV) with en suite bathroom and French doors to balcony. Double bedroom (A/C) with French doors to balcony. Double bedroom (A/C). Shower room.
  • Outside: Sun terrace. In built barbecue. Covered dining terrace. Shower. Part lawned grounds. Private parking.
  • Private, free-form swimming pool (11m x 7m at widest point) with Roman steps and infinity edge.

Romantically named after the Greek for ‘ray of light’ Iliada enjoys quite spectacular views of both coast and country. To the rear the majestic Cretan mountains provide the most appealing of backdrops; to the front the entire Gulf of Chania fills your vision, a vast swathe of coastline stretching from the Akrotiri Peninsula and Chania Town on the right, across to the Rodopos Peninsula on the far left, passing the little island of Agioi Theodoroi on the way through. As they have done for generations, thyme-covered hills and seas of silvery-grey olive groves still dominate vast tracts of the surrounding, sparsely inhabited countryside.

Perfectly positioned to make the most of these enviable views is an infinity-edged, long and almost teardrop-shaped, private swimming pool. Whether swimming in the water or relaxing on the adjacent sun terrace, the range of differing perspectives over land, sea and mountain will inevitably draw the eye.

Iliada’s bright, attractive interior is decorated in muted tones combined with splashes of vibrant colour to create a pleasingly contemporary style, very much in keeping with the property’s clean lines and modern architecture. Open plan and spacious, the dining and living areas each have a set of French doors to the garden, a fully equipped kitchen sits alongside plus there is a further kitchenette handily positioned to compliment the barbecue. A twin bedroom with a terrace and separate shower room complete facilities on this floor.

Three further bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite) are found on the first floor, where the various windows and terraces offer yet more picture-perfect spots from which to admire the remarkable panoramas.

Occupying a gently elevated position between the rivers of Tavronitis and Platanias, nearby Maleme (1.7km) is a laidback spot, slowly growing in popularity as visitors discover its many attractions which include good amenities and a long sandy beach edged by low dunes, tall bamboo trees and local tavernas. Snorkelling, fishing and horse riding are a few of the pastimes available plus several popular walking and biking trails can also be found within easy distance.

  • Being located just along from Marilia means Iliada could be a good choice for an extended family or a group of friends who can be near to each other whilst retaining their own individual space and privacy.
  • Property licence number: 1042K91003178301

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Location of Iliada


Great Things to Do Near Iliada

Get on the local bus

Go up to the Main Street, opposite the Maleme supermarket. Luxury local buses come every half an hour and go to the bus terminus at Chania. It takes 45 minutes and stops at different resorts along the way. This bus will also allow you to go to nearby sandy beaches, last bus back from Chania is around 10.30pm. To return go to the bus terminus and get off outside Maleme supermarket again.

Fancy a samba?

A rare thing to find is a South American cafe/bar and restaurant in Crete!  Bossa Nova is that rare thing, this wonderful restaurant is within 5-8 minutes drive of the Blue Sea - but don't take our word for it - here is one of the recommendations on Trip Advisor : The restaurant is placed in a small village between Gerani and Platanias, in a little grove along the road. It's not as much a Greek restaurant as it is a Brazilian jazz bar. The menu however offers both a traditional Greek cuisine with a variety of Souvlaki, Moussaka and Gyros as well as grill, pizza and pasta, which for the record is excellent. Over all the food was very good and the desserts (espresso chocolate cheesecake speaks for itself) was mind blowing. The staff is very welcoming and adds conviviality to the atmosphere and do not hesitate to spoil you with some ice cream or sweets on the house. If you just want to sit in the bar and take a beer or a cocktail this is also the place to be. With a large menu of beers (since it's actually a beer bar), wine and nice cocktails to affordable prices it's perfect. I can recommend this to everyone who wants to take a beer and chat with your friends at the bar or to have a romantic meal. The cosiness and the nice jazzy lounge music in the background will make you to want to come back.

Explore the back streets of Chania Harbour

Tiny streets come alive with shops with ceramics, leather, clothes, jewellery to browse through, and if you get tired, try a coffee and a pastry in the cafes lining the picturesque harbour front.


All sorts of watersports are available in this part of Crete including scuba diving, wind surfing, parascending, water skiing, kayaking, jet skiing, rib inflatable trips and hire, surfing, fishing trips etc. Ask your representative for details.

Ela - where?

Elafonisi (Island of Deer) is like paradise on earth, and posessess a wonderful beach with pink coral sand and crystalline waters, a small islet connected to the rest of Crete by a shallow reef that can be crossed when the sea is calm. This islet is lying on the south-west corner of Crete, the journey itself is amazing, with a narrow tunnel and stunning wild Cretan scenery. Beware in high season, it can get very busy, but is so large, there is always a peaceful spot to be found. There is an excellent taverna at the beginning of the sand dunes.

Have a splashy day out at Water Park

This water park is past Heraklion so a bit of a drive but it is a great fun day out for couples or parents with children!  Plan to go for the day and take food and drink as it can be pricey. We're advised by some experts (average age 8-10) that the best slides are sidewinder, hyper race, the black hole, kamikazee and freefall. Beware of the turbo guns - you have been warned!

Wine tasting at the Manousakis Winery Vatolakos

The Manousakis Winery is the culmination of the dream and passion of founder Theodore Manousakis. Ted, as he is more frequently called, was born in Vatolakkos in 1943, and spent his early childhood years in the village until the age of 11. For reasons much beyond his control and much too complex for a young boy to understand, he left his home to find a better future in the far away “Promised Land”, America. Following his university education in the U.S., he entered business and was successful in a number of business endeavours including industrial security, real estate development, and hotels. Meanwhile, he assimilated in the great melting pot of the world, America, and nearly forgot his native language and Cretan traditions. Yet during the years away from his native village he always yearned to return home and find his roots; if not permanently, certainly more than as a mere visitor. Wine was a way of life in the village for as long as he could remember from his boyhood years. What a way to pay tribute to and honour the Cretan traditions and way of life, he thought. And, what a wonderful and civilized way to bring people together to enjoy the simple joys of life! The combination of nostalgia or “nostos”, as the ancient Greeks made reference, along with the perfect soil, sun, and weather conditions of Crete were the driving forces behind our first vineyards in the foothills above Vatolakkos. For Ted, the Manousakis Winery represents his roots; his yearning to return, his tradition, his heritage, and, above all, his family. Our logo with the three flowers called “Manousakia” in the Cretan dialect, (from which our name is derived), represents his three daughters. It is only fitting that the inspiration of this symbol is a blending of the beauty and exquisite fragrance of nature and the warmth and comfort of family! Ted Manousakis has his permanent home in Washington, D.C., but the winery remains a family-run business. His youngest daughter, Alexandra, moved to Chania in 2007 following studies at New York University, and now manages the Manousakis Winery. - See more at: http://nostoswines.com

Visit the main indoor market in the heart of Chania

This vast agora (market) is a bustling noisy colourful place, where the abundance of fruit, vegetables, fresh fish, meat and everything edible is spread out over four sections fashioned like a cross. It is based on the famous marketplace of Marseille. There are plenty of bargains to haggle and great for barbecues!

Visit the Archaeological museum in Knossos

The museum is close to Heraklion and opens Tuesday – Sunday from 09:00 to 19:00 hrs. Visit by far the world's largest collection of Minoan artefacts.

Try the Cretan hooch!

Raki or Tsikoudia is distilled from the stalks and skins of grapes left over from wine pressing. It is drunk widely and you are likely to be offered a thimble-full glass of raki wherever you go. It can contain anything between 35-65% alcohol – you have been warned!

Stretch the legs and explore the ancient site of Aptera

Here you can visit the remains of a very important city dating back to the 5th century BC. It really is a lovely walk, and with there being no admission charge, a great cheap day out!

Chania harbour

Chania is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. Chania is one of the nicest towns of Crete with wonderful houses, parks and squares. The old city has preserved the charm of the Venetian and Turkish periods. Entire Venetian, Turkish and Jewish quarters are saved, with many well preserved buildings in the narrow picturesque streets. On Leather Lane near the harbour you can find all kinds and qualities of leather goods and a really interesting indoor covered market.  Chania Town is worth a visit just for the shopping. The harbour is beautiful with an old mosque providing interesting architecture. Museums from the Naval Museum to the Byzantine Museum there is something for everyone. Restaurants and Taverna`s surround the harbour and boats leave from here for 2-3hr trips and you can also catch a horse and buggy.  Have a wander around the back streets, they are mainly pedestrianised and the houses and shops are very Interesting and pretty, with little restaurants and Café`s tucked away in corners - very romantic.

Try the three Greek-Os: Olives, Octopus and Ouzo!

Treat yourself to a typical Meze a series of tiny dishes that accompany the aniseed based liquor, you can try an Ouzerie, that is similar to a Spanish Tapas bar, a great way to spend a lazy afternoon, there are plenty in Chania Town in the old sector - try To Avgo tou Kokkora - behind the big church, Mitropoli, off Halidon.

Get Fresh!

If it gets too hot down by the sea, drive up to Spili a picturesque village located at an altitude of 430 metres, 28 kilometres south-east of Rethymno. Due to its altitude the village offers an astonishing view and is surrounded by verdant vegetation and is filled with trees, fountains, springs and chapels and churches with wonderful murals. The main square of the village is lovely and has a fine stone fountain consisting of a row of stone carved lion heads from where crystal-clear water flows.The water guarantees that the air is fresh, cool and pure. It is also known for a unique type of weaving and has a few tavernas and an old fashioned atmosphere.

Ask for Dakos –

A Cretan speciality served in most tavernas as a starter. Dried crusts soaked in tomatoes and topped with crumbled feta cheese and oregano – delicious!



Maleme 3 mins 
Platanias 10 mins 
Chania 25 mins 


Maleme 3 mins 
Agia Marina 15 mins 
Almyrida 45 mins 


Chania 45 mins 
Heraklion 2 Hrs 15 mins 
Times are approximate

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