Relax ... yes, relax. Sit down and enjoy the views from the houses and gardens across fertile valleys to the distant sea and the horizon. Abelos Villa is a delightful home base for relaxation.
Visit Roustika village and its some narrow cobblestone streets, arches, old houses, and the lovely traditional kafeneio by the square. Other village sights are the church of Panagia (Holy Mary) dating 1100, with very rare frescoes; the museum of traditional costumes from all over Greece; the Monastery of Profitis Elias built-in 1200.
Other village sights are the church of Panagia (Holy Mary) dating 1100, with very rare frescoes; the museum of traditional costumes from all over Greece; the Monastery of Profitis Elias built-in 1200.
Find the E4 walking path passes just outside Roustika and enjoy the superb gorges and the beautiful nature around.
During the summer, many traditional festivals take place in nearby regions. Therefore, maybe you are going to have the opportunity to experience traditional Cretan music and dancing.
And if you can prize yourself away from this lovely little village and your "country seat" within it, there is much opportunity for splendid drives and exploration in the center of Crete, with its impressive mountains and friendly villages. Stretching your journey for 25 minutes in one direction you can be on sandy beaches or the old town of Rethymno. In the other direction (to the south), in 20-30 minutes, you are on yet another coast and dipping toes in the Libyan sea.
Explore Rethymno's old town and especially the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbor wall to the Venetian lighthouse. The Fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians (1573) to protect the city. Not only are walls, church, and the remains of its buildings of interest, the views from it to the town are a great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.
Don't miss visiting Rethimnon's Archaeological Museum which occupies a building almost directly opposite the entrance to the fortress. It's worth a look especially if you are going to the bigger museums in other towns. Here you could enjoy Minoan pottery and sarcophagi and lots of Roman coins, jewelry, pots, and statues, all from Rethimno province. Take a look at an unusual unfinished Roman statue of Aphrodite.
Two of the major monasteries of Crete and amongst its most sought and visited, Arkadi and Preveli monastery are medium distance outings. Within easy striking distance of the village, in the hills of the southeast, is the Monastery of Arkadhi a potent symbol of the Cretan struggle for independence and an atmospheric detour on a journey into the beautiful Cretan mountainous hinterland of Rethymno'sperfecture.
Visit the 17th-century Monastery of Preveli which perched high above the sea on the south Crete. In its cloistered closed courtyard there is a fountain with the Greek inscription "Wash your sins, not only your face". There are also breathtaking views out to sea towards the distant and chunky-looking Paximadhia islands which have lent their name to the tooth-cracking lumps of twice-baked bread served up with mezedes in the island's kafenia.
Very close there is the sandy Palm Beach of Preveli, a sand-filled cove right at the end of the Kourtaliotiko gorge, where a freshwater estuary feeds a little oasis complete with palm grove and a cluster of oleanders ( at the beginning and the end of the season it is lovely).
Other valuable visits: Armeni Minoan site, Argyroupoli (ancient Lappa) where the sound of water from springs cascades through this refreshing, taverna-laden village. Eleftherna, Axos, Zominthos archaeological sites. Amongst the significantly enjoyable, old, and historic villages: Episkopi, Spili, Amari (valley), Monastiraki, Anogia.
Head west along the coast (60km) to explore the small, picturesque, and maybe the most enjoyable of Crete's larger towns, Chania. With its Venetian-era fishing harbor, crumbling masonry, and web of alleys, it is an extraordinarily attractive town, especially if you are there in spring when the Lefka Ori's snowcapped peaks seem to hover above the roofs. Don't forget to visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in a former church, plus the romantic cobbled alleys lined with arty boutiques and a market selling local handicrafts.
More activities around Rethimno Area
Check-in: 14.30 pm
Check out: 12.00 pm
Minimum Stay: 2-3 nights, depending on the season
How To Get There
Abelos Villa is set at the edge of historic Roustika Village 18 km away from the town of Rethymno, Crete.
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Chania (75km from the village) and, more frequently, to the capital Heraklion (89km). Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
"The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Chania-Souda port (80km from the village) or Heraklion Port (85km). Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our partner website.
If you want to explore the region while you're here, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. We suggest our sister website, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at either airport.
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Dining: Traditional Breakfast is available on request (extra). On arrival, you will find the house stocked with welcoming goodies like water, wine, coffee, tea, butter & jam, yogurt, eggs & fruit.
Internet Access: Free WiFi throughout
Swimming pool: 5x10 meters/yards (about 0.30 to 1.60m deep) with sunbeds and umbrellas (for use of both houses)
Outdoor Facilities: Courtyard with table & chairs. Beautiful terraces (next to each other) and gardens. Barbeque
Disabled Access: Not suitable. The staircases can be steep for some people (see photos) - please discuss with us if this is a consideration
Pets: Not allowed
Parking: Just outside your house
Languages Spoken: Greek, English