Space...the last great luxury. At Eleonas Country Village, you’ll find a pleasing amount of space between the individual cottages or small cluster of cabins among trees and soaring mountain rockscapes on the edge of and overlooking Zaros.

In addition, are you looking for an authentic stay in Crete with stunning views, fresh air, superb countryside? 

Eleonas Country Village resembles a small village nestled in the arms of Cretan nature, just a stone’s throw away from the well- known village of Zaros. At every step, aromatic herbs, plants, and colorful flowers will awaken all your senses.

Ideally located in the shadow of the mythical Mt Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete, (where according to the Greek mythology God Zeus was raised), a variety of guest houses stone carved from local craftsmen provide a carefree oasis that is steeped in nature.

"Paradise. The situation is beautiful and peaceful. Marvelous walks in the mountains and the south coast are only a scenic 30 minutes away. Excellent Cretan cuisine. The owner and his staff could not have been more hospitable." - Guest comment (We agree!)

An agrotourism settlement with 20 rustic private cottages, two pools (one just for adults), and a great taverna to taste local food. Eleonas Traditional Cottages is just 48km away from Heraklion Airport, at the foothill of Idi Mountain and at the entrance of Zaros canyon. Situated within a 2-hectare property full of olive groves and other plants, you are close to nature.

The independent Cottages provide spacious rooms of all types and convenient amenities that address the needs of the modern-day traveler. All Cottages have private terraces that value your privacy and offer beautiful views over the landscape.      

The Eleonas Country Village complex respects the Cretan gastronomy that you can relish at the traditional restaurant in the heart of the complex.  

Zaros has proved popular with those of our guests wishing to find the heartbeat (a gentle one) of this central area of Crete. Now with Eleonas, you can enjoy the country and be a few minutes from the village, the local Rouvas Gorge, and away from other holidaymakers' havens.

There are a pleasing dining area and café with large, light-drenched windows leading onto a wide, wood deck, open to rock and tree mountainscapes – and at the edge of your view is the monastery above.

The cabins are simple, pleasant, functional and the photos here show the space between them, the easy comfort they offer.

Walk down to a large pool with plenty of terraces on which to relax, recline, and sunbathe. The café or bar is open all day and the restaurant serves breakfast and meals.

Go farther. The same family who runs Eleonas Country Village has spruced up the taverna at Zaros' little lake – a pleasant and different place for a meal. Interesting footpaths start near the taverna and allow you to climb the mountain a little...or a long way.

PLEASE NOTE: Main Pool and Children pool  (Heated from 01/04  - 15/06  & 15/09 - 10/11 ( temperature 26-28 C) and New!  2n Pool, Quiet zone for Adults only and persons over 16 years old. (open  since 07/07/2019 )

  • Hotel Name: Eleonas Traditional Cottages
  • Area: Heraklion, Zaros
  • Why Go: Rural,Quiet Location,Countryside,Mountains,Peaceful Rural Setting in Village,Rustic

Why we like it

  • The mountainous location is absolutely stunning and you are completely removed from all the tacky tourism and over development of many of the coastal areas.
  • A great base from which to visit the archaeological sites of Knossos, Phaestos and Gortys... and some of the best beaches in southern Crete.
  • Superb services and facilities for the price... good value for money!
  • Manolis and his family have created a getaway mountain paradise on the wonderful island of Crete.
  • New! 2nd Pool, Quiet zone for Adults only and persons over 16 years old. (open since 07/07/2019 )

What to know

  • You really need a car to explore the lovely surrounding area and the sites.
  • There is a minimum stay of 3 nights, depending on the season.
Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Small Hotels & Inns Eco :
Rooms: 20 Food :
Pool: Yes Rural :
Dining: Yes Mountain :
Children: Welcome Family :
Closed: Never

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