About This Listing
Relax your mind, refresh your body, align with your soul.
Renew your connection to nature and savor this magical place.
Welcome to the Sfinari. A peaceful and remote fisherman village in the West part of Crete Greece.
There are no souvenirs shops, no Jet Skies and no night clubs.
Just simple and quite beach taverns and 2 small groceries shops.
Our Villa comprises of 140 m2 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom a well equipped kitchen, dining room and a larger living room overlooking Sfinari bay.
There are 2 extra large balconies. The front one offers full panoramic sea view while the back porch balconies overlooks the mountains.
Each bedroom has a double beds and an air conditioning unit.
A comfortable and modern Kitchen over looking the blue mediterranean sea.
The bathroom is spacious and has a tub with a shower and offers a great mountain view.
Guy's Guidebook to West Crete:
Villa Tranquila offers a perfect getaway from modern life and civilization. The only 'vehicle noise' you will hear is the voice of Lefteris Theodorakis commanding his mule while plowing his field. Listen to a new composition of sounds which is led during winter and spring time by the whisper of spring water trickling in the adjacent gorge. Alarm clocks are replaced by the chanting of the cock. Have a glass of ouzo on the terrace during sunset and relax. Should you decide to do some sightseeing we recommend the following:
* Chania is said to be the oldest, still inhabited city in the world. It may or may not be right but a fact is that Chania has been in existence for over 5000 years. It is now a large, noisy town but as soon as you get into the old town and walk its narrow streets and alleys the atmosphere changes and becomes charged with history.
Most prominent are the Venetian buildings and fortifications as well as the covered market. Chania also houses an Archaeological Museum and a Maritime Museum which are both worth a visit. Chania offers good opportunities for shopping, nice cafés and lots of good restaurants. Apx. 1 hr drive.
* The "sea pond" in Sfinari: Driving on the asphalt road towards the beach you get to a T intersection . Turn left and drive apx 100m till you see stone ruins. The beach here is secluded and the water is calm even when the sea is rough. This pond is suitable also for kids.
** The beaches in Elafonisi island at apx. 40 min drive. The beach is a heaven for kids as the crystal clear water is shallow for hundreds of meter and the reef around the lagoon ensure that the water is calm.
* Falasarna Beach is located about 20minutes drive north of Sfinari. Splendid beach with crystal clear water and white sand. In order to get to the best beach you should drive toward Hotel Plakures. At Plakures you turn left towards the sea and drive another 100m. The northern part of this beach is mainly naturist beach. Falasarna with kids- If you visit Falasarna with kids then I recomend the beach below Galacia Thea Tavern. Its a great snady beach with lots of kids attractions in the Tavern.
* Gramvousa Bay: Gramvousa and Balos beach bay are the most beautiful beaches I have seen in Crete. It is not easily accessible yet worth the effort. Gramvousa and Balos are located on the northwest part of the island. In order to get there you should drive from Sfinari towards Kastelli. Before you get to the port of Kastelli you should turn left following the signpost Balos Hotel. Follow this sign until you get to a dirt road. Follow the dirt road all the way to the end. At the end there is a Cantina. You should park at the Cantina and follow the dirt path to the beach. The walk down hill takes about 20 minutes and up depends on your physical shape. It is advisable to bring some food and drinks as there is only one Tavern on the beach. You may set your expectation high
The restored eco village of Milia is located between Vlatos and Elos. Apx. 1 hr drive south east from Sfinari. In Milia you may find restored accommodation rooms and excellent locally grown food. I love Milia and I love and respect the team which creates and run the place so you may say I'm biased but Milia is a proof that once you are totally committed to the highest standards in your doing, you will succeed even if you are located in the middle of nowhere. They are remote, secluded and fantastic. Bravo Milia! on this one!
* Picnic in the mountains: After a few days of sun, especially in July and August, you may be ready to leave the heat for a mountain chill out. Drive towards Chania and stop at the big I.N.K.A supermarket in Kolimbari to get your picnic needs. Once you are well equipped with your picnic needs, you should drive on the new road toward Chania and exit before Chania following the signpost to Omalos. Drive towards Omalos and find a suitable picnic spot in this alpine surroundings. I usually stop at Lakki and set a table on wide safety rail overlooking the White Mountains.
culinaric recommendations: Sfinari Village Taverns:
* Adonis Theodorakis Tavern at the entrance to Sfinari makes very good Moosaka (only the fresh one - not frozen!) stuffed vegetables and a Cretan specialty called Kotopolo Pilafi which is a chicken cooked with rice. For the Pilafi you should give a day notice for the preparation.
* Yorgos & Evangelia Tavern (next to Adonis) specializes in meat cooked in the oven. You should ask for a Sfakyano.
* To Kati Alo makes my all time favorite spinach pie or Spanakopitas. At to Katty Alo you can also buy good olive oil.
Sfinari Beach Taverns:
* Sunset Tavern:
Sunset Tavern and the Baladakis family are a culinary "super power". Nikko Baladakis has a fishing boat and along with his talented Mother Elleni who is the cook, they create wonders. Helleni Baladakis cooks a daily dish for her family - "Catsarolla" which changes from day to day. You should ask to visit the kitchen and look at the daily Catsarola. Another specialty of Elleni is the Supya. A stuffed cuttle fish stuffed with goat cheese cooked in the oven. Yanis Baladkis (husband of Elleni) hides his live lobster inside a cage by the tavern beach so you may indulge yourself with a fresh lobster upon request. The Kakaviya which is the local fish soup is also a excellent choice.
* Dilina tavern which is the middle Tavern in Sfinari Beach has two culinary items that are hard to match: 1) Choryatiki-Greek salad . This is one of Greece most popular dish. The best choryatiki I had was in Dilina. 2) The second area of expertise is BBQ meat. The selection changes daily so you should ask what is avilable.
If you invite Yanis (the Tavern owner) for a beer you may get a Bozuki session along with the beer.
* Captain Fidias which is the first Tavern in Sfinari beach also has a fishing boat. I recommend the grilled Octopus and the deep fried Barbooni-red mullet.
The Tavern offers a large variety of fresh fish depending on the daily catch.
Recommended restaurants out of Sfinari:
* Papadkis Tavern in Kasteli is a local legend. The Tavern was established in 1960 and has kept a excellent food and service standards. The Tavern is located in the promenade of Kasteli-Kissamos just by the Beach. You should step into the restaurant and look at the daily special.
Papadakis serves a truly fantastic fish soup.
There is also a very reasonable priced grilled fish-Psito Sardela.
* Don Rosario Italian restaurant in Ravdoucha Beach offers great Italian food. You should call ahead to reserve a table (phone number hidden). Don Rosario specialize in lobsters. How to get there: Follow the road sign on the main road from Kastelli-Kissamos toward Kolimbari till you see the road sign Ravdoucha.
Miscellanies food and drink notes:
* On the way to Sfinari beach you will see on your left side a small sign 'we sell honey'. Behind this modest sign hides one of the best honey producers I met. Lefteris Theodorakis' wife, who is in charge of 'marketing' is having the old ladies' daily gathering at her 'shop'. You will probably see there Mama Niki, a local legend. Try to get an explanation from Lefteris as to the health benefits of consuming his honey. (has to do with sex, obviously)
* In Kastelli-Kissamos you can buy fresh fish, sea food and everything that you might need. It is recommended to stop in Kastelli-Kissamos on the way to the house to do some shopping.
* In the Market street in Kasteli-Kissamos across the water fountain you will find the shop of Michalis. Michalis has pretty muchonly two products in his store: coffee and cheeses. The Gravyera (see pic below) is one of Crete's best cheeses and Michalis is the place to buy it.
* There are two small stores in Sfinari which sell pretty much everything one may need. Try to challenge Stavros or Stella the shops owners with your request.. They will get for you pretty much everything. Some time it may take a few moments till they pick it up from the garden or collect it from the hen-house (eggs) but you will get it. Viva the small enterprises....
For visitors which travels with kids I would like to recommend 2 places that will the pick of the kids visit:
Limnopolis water park in Chania.
Kids heaven / A huge water park with endless numbers of water activities in a pretty surroundings.
Karting race track:
Just across from Limnoupolis there is a professional race track with fantastic carting for rent.
The kids will be grateful for ever.
Other Things to Note
From Heraklion or Chania follow the National road towards the west part of the island. Travers the city of KAsteli-Kissamos and continue towards Platanos. Aprx. 10 minutes from Platanos you will see the sign SFINARI.
At the sign SFINARI you should make a U turn and count two electric posts or 100m from the sign and then at the second electric post you will see a little miniature chapel(see picture) on the road here you should turn left towards the sea and drive into a small cement path. After 50 m you will see 3 houses, the middle one is my Villa.
Please park your car in the back side by the back terrace..
In case you get lost you should ask in Greek " Poo Ine Guy'os spiti"("Where is Guy's house")
Check in time 15:00
Check out time 11:00
Please refrain from smoking in the house.
The pool next door belongs to the neighbor. Please avoid using it unless you obtain the neighbors consent. In any case, the owner of the house and the owner of the pool shall not accept any responsibility for any body injury, death or accident that occurs while using the pool and or the house.
Villa Tranquila is not suitable for kids under 5 years old.
Ridiculous terrace with an amazing view. Nice little soundsystem with an eclectic range of cd's, for every possible chill mood. We had an amazing time! And I will definitely recomment it to anyone whose up for a ultimate relax vacation. Thanks a lot Guy.
Guy was very accommodating and responded to our messages and calls immediately. Everything was very easy and everything works well.
The place is beautiful, has an amazing view from a very big terrace, a really good kitchen and a huge living room/lounge. Also, everything was very clean.
I highly recommend this place without hesitation!
Great house, Nice little town and friendly neighbourg.
We had a wonderfull time
Great place, really quiet; nothing changed much in the last 20 years in this village. The terrace with view on the coast below is , especially at sunset, a place where you can sit for hours, doing nothing but looking.
Bathroom and kitchen are fine and so are the bedrooms.
The area is great for walking, beach and visiting small villages.