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Villa Akali, Istron, Crete, Greece

Villa Akali

Istron, Crete

Villa Summary

Villa Akali is a pleasant 2 bedroom house with a brilliant central location in Istron. It's perfect if you want to be able to stroll downhill to the beach, nip into a shop for a few essentials and walk to a taverna or bar in the evening. Istron is on the main bus route from Aghios Nikolaos to Sitia so hopping on a bus couldn't be easier. What's more the villa has a private pool and homely interiors. Air conditioning/heating in the bedrooms and WiFi are included.

Arrival & Departure Day :
Villa check in time from 16:00 Information
Villa check out time 10:00 Information

Villa Features

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 5
  • Beach 400 yds
  • Pool 25 x 12 ft
  • Free Air Con
  • Wifi
  • Car Not Required Information
Centrally located villas
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Couples and small groups
Why our Crete expert loves this villa
quoteupper Homely and inviting interiors with the beach, shops and restaurants just a short downhill walk away - a hidden gem in Istron! quotelower
Villa Description
Swimming pool, pool terrace and sunbathing area

The swimming pool area has ample space for sunbeds and a pergola to one side provides some shade for those who want to escape the sun. Established gardens with shrubs and trees make the area attractive and help create a restful atmosphere. To the front of the villa is an outdoor dining table and chairs coupled with a seating area - perfect for alfresco dining after a busy day by the pool! The BBQ is adjacent.


Five steps up lead to the main entrance to the villa. There is a parking available if you decide to hire a car.

Living space

The open plan area is bright and spacious, combining the kitchen, dining area and living area. There is a comfortable sofa coupled with 2 armchairs, a feature fireplace, a flat screen TV, as well as a dining table and chairs. The style of the villa is traditional with some original pieces of art on the walls which add a touch of individuality. The kitchen is contemporary and equipped with all the modern appliances. A door from the kitchen leads to the covered terrace with a glimpse of the sea and mountains views.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

The double bedroom has an en suite bathroom and the twin bedroom uses the facilities of a separate shower room. Both bedrooms are stylishly decorated and situated at the back of the villa.

This villa is registered and licenced by EOT Greek licensing association. This number is: 1040K91002890201.
Key Notes
  • Villa Plus In-Resort Service  
  • Mid Week Towel Change & Light Clean  
  • Bed Linen  
  • Bathroom Towels  
  • Iron & Ironing Board  
  • Villa check in time from 16:00   Information
  • Villa check out time 10:00   Information

Villa facilities

  • 1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom  
  • 1 twin bedroom  
  • 1 shower room  

Indoor amenities

  • FREE WiFi  
  • FREE Air conditioning/heating in 2 bedrooms  
  • Satellite TV   Information
  • Safe  
  • DVD Player  
  • Washing machine  
  • Dishwasher  
  • Microwave  
  • Hairdryers  
  • Bluetooth Speakers  

Outdoor amenities

  • Alarm And Nightlight  
  • Brick BBQ  
  • Pool/Billiard Table  
  • Table Tennis  
  • Pool Size: 25 x 12 ft  
  • Pool Depth: Min. 5ft, Max. 5ft  
Villa Location
Villa Akali is tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac, the last in the row of three villas. It's a short walk downhill to a selection of bars, mini markets and traditional tavernas, all within walking distance. What's more the area has several well-known beaches such as Voulisma and Aghios Panteleimonas within walking distance. Set in a slightly elevated position, the villa has a pleasant view towards the mountains and a glimpse of the sea!

Location features

Local markets and shopping

There are a few mini markets within walking distance from Villa Akali. Alternatively, the market in Aghios Nikolaos takes place on a Wednesday morning and it's a case of the early bird catches the worm! Local farmers bring their produce freshly picked and local housewives go with their trolleys to load up.

Bars and restaurants

There is a good selection of tavernas within walking distance serving traditional dishes and more international cuisine for those who may have had their fill of Moussaka and Souvlaki! Bars too are varied and are great places for people watching. Aghios Nikolaos has several restaurants and tavernas which vary from sophisticated cuisine to the more rustic traditional dishes associated with Greece, approximately 20 minutes' drive.


Beaches close to the villa include Voulisma, Aghios Panteleimonas and Karavostasi. Voulisma is one of the most popular beaches in the area due to its Blue Flag status.The local beaches provide great opportunities for snorkelling around the rocks flanking the beaches. Water sports are also available at the Istron Bay Hotel.

Family fun

There is horse riding available in Hersonissos. Or, the Crete Aquarium is in Gournes, Heraklion is great for a day out. Many marine animals here are local to the surrounding seas but there are also more exotic examples of sea life too.

Places of interest

Istron is a long sprawling village which stretches along the main coastal road and has all the everyday necessities but should you want a bigger variety, the bus stops close by and takes you west to Aghios Nikoalos or east to Sitia. Or, Spinalonga island is a good shout too. It is the focus of Victoria Hislops novel 'The Island'. This small island situated close to the resort of Elounda was a Leper colony until the mid-1950s. A boat can be taken from Aghios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka to go across and see the island as the inhabitants would have. Alternatively, the Palace of Knossos is a must see for those who like archaeology. A guide is strongly recommended to make sure that you get the most out of your visit.


Golf is available at the 18-hole Crete Golf Club just outside Hersonissos.

Other activities

The Lassithi Plateau has caves, which can be reached by foot but requires stamina as well as strong footwear!


Every villa comes with its own manual, complete with details of the best restaurants, taxis, local amenities and activities. And of course, our reps are on hand to make sure you love your holiday more. If you need any advice or tips on the local area, they will be more than happy to help.

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GPS coordinates

Latitude: 35.124130

Longitude: 25.738239

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Activities and things to do
This is a Minoan archaeological site dating back to around 1500BC. It is located near the busy main road from Aghios Nikolaos to Sitia, without any boundary walls which visitors can see unhindered. It has a small palace as well as cobbled streets, houses and cemetery. It would seem that Gournia was a town which produced many everyday household items as well as weaponry and pottery. The coast was much closer and there are signs of a road leading to a harbour.

A trip to Spinalonga should not be missed. This is a very small island near to Elounda which was a Leper colony until the 1950s. It has more recently been brought to our attention as the setting for Victoria Hislops 'The Island'. Take a ferry from either Aghios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka and visit the island and the village. Restoration projects have been gong on for some time and shops and houses can be seen in some semblance of their original state.

Knossos, the ruins of the palace said to have been the seat of king Minos dating back to 2000 BC the first excavation bagan by Minos Kalokerinos in 1878 followed by the englishman, Sir Arthur Evans who virtually uncovered the whole palace.
Horse Riding Karteros
Horse riding is available at the Riding Academy of Crete in Karteros in just over 14 miles from Hersonissos.
Aquaplus water park is split into two connected sections,one for adults including the extreme slides and the other beng for children.The slides are set amongst gardens full of cretan trees and exotic flowers.The park offers from 50 slides, games and catering facilities.They use a cashless bracelet scheme and have a system setup to reduce the waiting time for the slides.Sunbeds and umbrellas are included in entry price.
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