If you are looking to spend a holiday in the real Crete and not in an anonymous hotel, come and stay in the old center of Ierapetra. "Kουρέας" ( the old barber house) is one of the very few surviving houses from the Turkish period and it was originally the house of the most elegant barber of the town. It has been recently tastefully and sympathetically restored and gives you a unique opportunity to stay comfortably in a real, quaint and charming house. It consists of one main room with a kitchen, table with stools and small sofa, and one separate bedroom with two single beds that can be joined into a double bed. The kitchen has an electric cooker/oven, fridge and large stone sink. The small marbled bathroom, has a sink, toilet and shower. Outside the bedroom there is a tiny patio. Literally next door there is a small supermarket-type shop, while many shops and taverns are within a short walking distance. The house is 2 minutes walk from the beaches and next door to the old Mosque, in one of Ierapetra's most beautiful corners. You will stay in the busy, real old town, surrounded by real people. If you do not have a car, which incidentally can be parked very close to the house, you have everything within reach, including the boat to go to Chrissi Island, one of Crete's main attractions. Public transport is efficient to move around the area and can be used to reach Ierapetra to and from the airport/port of Heraklion.
We had a great time in Ierapetra. The appartment from Oli & Toni is situated in a very nice part of Ierapetra, still 4 minutes away from the sea, a lot of tavernas and not far away from the bus terminal. The appartment offers everything you need: the kitchen is fuctionning well (it has all you need), it has a washing machine, the beds are very good to sleep and it's nicely done up....We were all around very comftable!! Toni and Oli are kindly, warmhearted and helpful. We could imagine to return once.
Oli & Toni are incredible hosts! the appartment and its history are really nice. Everything is brand new, with all the equipment you can wish for a really confortable stay. We felt really welcomed arriving in Oli & toni's place. Toni came to pick us at the bus station so we did not have to walk with our luggages, and brought us back when we left. Per chance we could spend some time with him to know more about this great couple of hosts.
When arriving in the appartment, Oli prepared us a plate of good fresh fruits, we had our private soap, olive oil, coffee... and all those attentions that make a real difference. They were also really helpful about what to see and some good restaurant in Ierapietra, which is by the way a really nice place to stay, with really kind people.
The apartment is really well located, 5 minutes walking to the beach (not sandy) and right in the center of the city, nearby the venitian port.
Abbiamo scelto questo piccolo appartamento affidandoci solo all'istinto e alle poche foto che abbiamo visto, ci serviva per 4 giorni perchè poi ci saremmo spostati a ovest, sembrava carino ma...non pensavamo di rimanere così affascinati dalla casetta del barbiere, ma soprattutto dal "calore" che vi abbiamo trovato! Una piccola casa accogliente e colorata, ogni cosa al suo interno aveva il suo posto, pensato, studiato per lei, anche una semplice saponetta! non c'è foto che possa mostrare questo, ma vi posso assicurare che è una percezione che arriva immediatamente, solo aprendo la porta! Nella casa c'è tutto e anche di più (tipo la lavatrice che pensavamo di non usare per pochi giorni e invece è risultata utilissima), Oli e Toni sono stati sempre premurosissimi e quando abbiamo avuto bisogno di assistenza per un problema, il servizio è stato rapidissimo! tanti dettagli che messi insieme aggiungono tanto ad una vacanza...soprattutto di una coppia :).
Ci dispiace solo tantissimo non aver passato più tempo con loro, sono certa che sono delle persone splendide e interessanti, ma spero di tornare un giorno a Ierapetra...e di trovare l'appartamento libero!!!!
We had a wonderful time in this cute little apartment in the heart of Ierapetra's old town! The place is perfect for two persons, it got everything you need (incl. a washing machine!), and it is decorated and furnished with much care and sense of style. It is a historical building, renovated with respect for its special character, and that just increased the pleasure of our stay! There is no air con but we never missed it (not even on the hottest days of August!) as the flat is ventilated and the thick old walls keep out the heat. The house is located a few minutes' walk from a very clean beach and near several excellent restaurants. Olimpia and Antonio are great hosts, very attentive to the needs and potential difficulties of their guests, and extremely generous with practical advice about where to go and what to do on the southern coast of Crete. They are also very pleasant and interesting, and we very much enjoyed some stimulating discussions. It was a great experience to stay in this place and to meet its owners, and we count on coming back soon!