Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Sfendyli (Sfedili) village

What to Know Before Visiting Sfendyli (Sfedili) village

Sfendyli (Sfedili), a small village located a few kilometres south of Hersonissos, was submerged in the artificial Dam Aposelemi upon its completion in 2012.

Located near the villages of Potamies and Avdou, Aposelemis Dam is the largest water supply project in Crete. Constructed to address the crucial need for water supply and irrigation in the northern part of eastern Crete, from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos in Lasithi, the project was completed in 2012. The dam collects water from the Lasithi Mountains and has a capacity exceeding 30,000,000 m3, making it the largest artificial lake on the island. The area surrounding the dam has become a wetland and provides shelter to various bird species.

A vital source of life and a significant factor for growth in the region, the dam and the neighbouring villages attract numerous visitors who are captivated by the stunning scenery. The area offers visitors the opportunity to take nature walks while enjoying breathtaking views of the tranquil landscape, including the sunken village of Sfendyli.

Initially established in the 16th century, Sfendyli was submerged within the boundaries of the artificial lake of Aposelemis Dam. The inhabitants were forced to evacuate and were compensated for their property by the state. As the water levels fluctuate, the village periodically emerges from the depths, drawing many visitors, especially when the water recedes. The earliest evidence of the settlement dates back to 1577, as recorded by Fr. Barozzi, and in 1583, it is referred to as Sfendigli with a population of 78 residents according to Castrofilaca. The name of the settlement is derived from the family name Sfendilos, which is found in Crete. Recently, archaeologist Athanasia Kanda discovered 65 skeletons near the area, believed to be from a Minoan cemetery.

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Best Hotels in Sfendyli (Sfedili) village

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Best Villas in Sfendyli (Sfedili) village

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Best Apartments in Sfendyli (Sfedili) village

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Best Holiday homes in Sfendyli (Sfedili) village

Traditional Fine Living

  • 8.6 / 10
  • Αρχαγγελος

Situated in Mokhós, 25 km from Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos and 40 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Traditional Fine Living provides accommodation with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. Guests benefit from a patio and a sun terrace.

The air-conditioned holiday home consists of 2 bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a coffee machine, and 1 bathroom with a walk-in shower and a hair dryer. Towels and bed linen are available in the holiday home.

The holiday home offers a barbecue.

Lake Voulismeni is 40 km from Traditional Fine Living, while Venetian Walls is 41 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 33 km from the accommodation.

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  • 2.1 km

Stavroulis' Maisonette

  • 7.9 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Stalidas - Gonion

Situated in Mokhós, 24 km from Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos and 39 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Stavroulis’ Maisonette features air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. The property has garden and city views, and is 40 km from Lake Voulismeni.

The holiday home features 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with mountain views.

The holiday home offers a terrace.

Venetian Walls is 40 km from Stavroulis’ Maisonette, while The Palace of Knossos is 41 km from the property. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 33 km from the accommodation.

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  • 2.4 km

Malamatenia 's Maisonette

  • 9.0 / 10
  • Eparchiaki Odos Stalidas - Gonion Eparchiaki Odos Stalidas - Gonion

Located in Mokhós, 24 km from Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos and 39 km from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Malamatenia ‘s Maisonette offers air conditioning. It has a terrace, city views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The holiday home with a balcony and garden views features 1 bedroom, a living room, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave, and 2 bathrooms with a shower. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

Lake Voulismeni is 40 km from the holiday home, while Venetian Walls is 40 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 33 km from Malamatenia ‘s Maisonette.

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€57

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  • 2.4 km

Malia Stone Residence - Secluded Cozy Retreat

  • 7.7 / 10
  • Gonies Pediados

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a patio, Malia Stone Residence – Secluded Cozy Retreat is located in Goníai. This holiday home is 41 km from Venetian Walls and 42 km from The Palace of Knossos.

With free WiFi, this holiday home provides a TV, a washing machine and a kitchen with an oven and fridge. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos is 25 km from the holiday home, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 40 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 33 km from Malia Stone Residence – Secluded Cozy Retreat.

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€48

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  • 3.3 km

Kera valley house

  • 10 / 10
  • κάτω Κερά, Κρήτη

Featuring accommodation with a balcony, Kera valley house is located in Krásion. The accommodation is 28 km from the Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos and has free WiFithroughout the property.

The holiday home 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 provided in the holiday home.

A a baby safety gate is also available for guests at the holiday home.

Lake Voulismeni is 42 km from Kera valley house, while Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 42 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 36 km from the accommodation.

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€180

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  • 4.9 km

tiny house EFROSSINI

  • 9 / 10
  • 175

Offering inner courtyard views, tiny house EFROSSINI is an accommodation located in Krásion, 32 km from Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos and 39 km from Lake Voulismeni. It features a terrace, garden views and free WiFithroughout the property.

The holiday home consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchenette with an oven, and 1 bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Towels and bed linen are provided in the holiday home.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum is 46 km from the holiday home, while Venetian Walls is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 40 km from tiny house EFROSSINI.

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€44.65

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  • 5.3 km

FAQ

Where is Sfendyli village located?

Sfendyli village is located a few kilometers south of Hersonissos, within the boundaries of the artificial lake of Aposelemis Dam in Crete.

Is Sfendyli village inhabited?

No, the village was submerged in the waters of the Aposelemis Dam when it was completed in 2012. However, during periods of low water levels, the village resurfaces, drawing many visitors.

When was Sfendyli village established?

The earliest evidence of the existence of Sfendyli village dates back to 1577, as recorded by Fr. Barozzi. The settlement is believed to have been established in the 16th century.

What is the origin of the name “Sfendyli”?

The name “Sfendyli” is antroponymous, derived from the family name “Sfendilos,” which is found in Crete. It is believed that the first inhabitant of the settlement would have had this name.

What is the significance of Sfendyli village?

Sfendyli village is an important part of the history and culture of Crete. Its sunken ruins attract many visitors, and its discovery of a Minoan cemetery suggests a long and fascinating past.

Are there any other notable attractions near Sfendyli village?

Yes, Aposelemis Dam is the largest water supply project in Crete and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the tranquil landscape. Additionally, the area surrounding the dam has become a wetland and provides shelter to various bird species.

 

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