Half an hour away from the town of Heraklion, the property of four villas is perched serenely between the mountains and the sea, lies in the middle of a local garden. A few minutes away is the village of Aghia Pelagia with four sandy beaches, while the whole region offers a visitors exceptional opportunities for hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, horseback riding and exploring the Medieval ruins such as the Fodele Castle. The team at Mourtzanakis will definitely show you some exciting walking trails in the area too.
To truly involve yourself in the Cretan lifestyle, let your hosts prepare one of their delicious breakfasts with homemade jams, fresh country bread, excellent honey, local cheeses, sun-ripened tomatoes and organic olive oil. The property also has its own organic garden that enriches the breakfast menu or the onsite cooking lessons (by request) with very rewarding tastes. Visit the nearby olive press, wineries, Raki distilleries and herb-filled valleys to complete this outstanding culinary experience.
There are also superb attractions in the region such as the medieval Savathiana convent and the Byzantine churches in the village of the world-famous painter, El Greco, not far away. The whole area is a mosaic of ancient civilizations and cultures such as Minoan, Byzantine, Saracen and Ottoman, with each leaving impressive landmarks to discover. The Mourtzanakis family itself boasts a history of many centuries on the island and will share with you some fascinating knowledge in this respect.
Lastly, it is worth mentioning that the property holds a certificate from the Agrotourism Union of Crete. It takes pride in advancing eco-friendly practices such as solar water heating and promoting sustainability on the island. The villas themselves have all the modern comforts such as satellite television, AC, internet, private balconies and even fireplaces for the winter season, making the property a true all-year-round destination in one of the most temperate climates in Greece. Simply put, Mourtzanakis Residence is undoubtedly one of the best eco options in Crete.