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Ancient Elyros

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Elyros was the most significant town in southwestern Crete during the Doric and Roman Period (8th century BC – 4th century AD). The ruins are preserved 500 meters away from the village Rodovani, on top of the hill Kefala, offering panoramic views of the South Cretan sea. The town was served by two harbors: Syia (current Sougia) and Lissos. The exact location of the town was verified by an inscription with the phrase in Greek “Glory to the people of Elyros.”

The Elyrians worshiped the god Apollo, the nymph Acacallis (Akakalida), and their twin sons Filandros and Fylakidis. According to tradition, after killing Python, Apollo fled to Tarra (current Agia Roumeli), where he mated with the nymph Acacallis. Acacallis then gave birth to the twin sons Fylakidis and Filandros, who were nursed by a goat. As a result, the Elyrians once sent a bronze goat suckling two infants to the oracle of Delphi.

Elyros was an industrial and commercial center of Crete, and it was famous for producing weaponry. It minted its own currency, which certifies its power. The coins depict a goat nursing the sons of Acacallis and a bee. From Elyros came (according to one version) the lyric poet Thalitas (7th century BC).

After the occupation of Crete by the Romans, the town continued its vigorous history during the Byzantine period when it also housed a Diocese. It was later destroyed by the Saracens. The most famous Roman finding was the Roman “Statue of the Philosopher,” which is exhibited today at the Archaeological Museum of Chania. The statue was found on the site of an early Christian basilica, the floor of which is preserved.

Around the archaeological site of Elyros, you will see several large cisterns, traces of buildings, a Roman aqueduct, part of the walls, a theater, and a Turkish koules (defensive tower). Around the town, extends the town’s cemetery. In a neighboring position, near the village Moni, one can still visit the Greco-Roman tomb with a shape of a pyramid.

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  • 8.7 / 10
  • Agriles

Located in Agrilés, 44 km from Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete and 50 km from Limnoupolis, Mountain Bliss Guesthouse 1 next to Sougia offers a terrace and air conditioning. It is situated 31 km from Samaria Gorge and features free WiFi and free private parking.

The apartment with a balcony and mountain views has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, and 1 bathroom with a shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 66 km from the apartment.

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  • Αγριλές

Located in Agrilés, 44 km from Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete and 50 km from Limnoupolis, Mountain Bliss Guesthouse 2 next to Sougia offers barbecue facilities and air conditioning. It is situated 31 km from Samaria Gorge and features free WiFi and free private parking.

The apartment with a patio and mountain views has 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, and 1 bathroom with an a bath or shower. Towels and bed linen are available in the apartment.

The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 66 km from the apartment.

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  • 1.1 km
  • 7.3 / 10
  • Agia Roumeli - Sougia

Boasting mountain views, VILLA APHRODITE SOUGIA apt1 features accommodation with a terrace and a kettle, around 32 km from Samaria Gorge. It has a private beach area, a garden, sea views and free WiFithroughout the property.

This apartment has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 2 bathrooms fitted with a walk-in shower. Towels and bed linen are offered in the apartment.

The apartment offers a picnic area. If you would like to discover the area, cycling and hiking are possible in the surroundings and VILLA APHRODITE SOUGIA apt1 can arrange a bicycle rental service.

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete is 45 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 67 km from VILLA APHRODITE SOUGIA apt1.

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  • 9.4 / 10
  • Moni Selinou

Built of stone and wood, Monastery Estate is located in the traditional Moni Village of Chania, within 4.5 km from Sougia Beach. It offers self-catering accommodation with fireplace, free Wi-Fi and a patio overlooking the mountain range of Lefka Ori.

Fitted with wooden floors and beamed ceilings, the apartments of Monastery combine modern and traditional elements. Each air-conditioned unit features a seating and a dining area and a well-equipped kitchen. The stone-built bathroom comes with shower and a hairdryer.

Restaurants and mini markets can be found at Sougia Village, within 4.5 km from Monastery Estate. The famous Agia Eirini Gorge is at 13 km, while the seaside Paleochora is 28 km away. Free private parking is possible on site.

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  • 9.4 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Chanion - Sougias

Located in Sougia, 33 km from Samaria Gorge, Monastery Estate Retreat provides accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a concierge service, along with free WiFi. The property is allergy-free and is set 46 km from Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete.

The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a shower. All rooms come with a kettle, while some rooms are equipped with a patio and others also offer pool views. At Monastery Estate Retreat each room is equipped with bed linen and towels.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.

Monastery Estate Retreat offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna and spa centre.

The nearest airport is Chania International, 68 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

  • 1.5 km
  • 8.7 / 10
  • Kambanos

Square Apartment, a property with a terrace, is set in Kambanós, 40 km from Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete, 45 km from Limnoupolis, as well as 48 km from Platanias Square. The air-conditioned accommodation is 27 km from Samaria Gorge, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

The apartment has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a balcony with mountain views.

Agios Dimitrios Church is 48 km from the apartment, while Municipal Garden is 49 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 62 km from Square Apartment.

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  • 2.2 km
  • 9.9 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Chanion - Sougias

Featuring pool views, Villa Aeolus with private overflow, endless, heated pool offers accommodation with a balcony and a coffee machine, around 23 km from Samaria Gorge. This villa has a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking.

The villa with a terrace and mountain views features 3 bedrooms, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and an oven, and 2 bathrooms with a bath. Towels and bed linen are featured in the villa.

The villa offers a picnic area.

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete is 36 km from Villa Aeolus with private overflow, endless, heated pool, while Limnoupolis is 41 km away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 58 km from the accommodation.

  • 3.8 km
  • 9.9 / 10
  • Prodromi

Featuring a sun terrace, Archon Villa is a detached holiday home situated in Palaiochóra. The air-conditioned unit is 36 km from Chania Town.

A dishwasher and an oven can be found in the kitchen and there is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hair dryer. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player is offered. Other facilities at Archon Villa include a swimming pool.

Chania International Airport is 46 km away.

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