Glaros Apartments at Kouremenos Beach, maybe you just want the beach at your feet?

A small family-run hotel, to stay with people who care, with good interior design, lush gardens ... an unspoilt gem on the quiet east coast of Crete (east of Sitia), allows you to be at one with the sea for days on end.

Great swimming and lazing, windsurfing facilities, perhaps a stroll inland for a different view, or stroll to the simple Kouremenos harbour to watch a fisherman return with the morning's catch or even enjoy one of the delicious local dishes at hotel's bar-restaurant ... absolutely a gentler pace of life, your precious life.

Here is where you’ll find genuine hospitality – the kind you are offering at your own homes. The geniality you typically only find when visiting close family or really good friends. The generosity of hosts who want to make you feel like you are the most important person in the world. The sincere effort of trying to understand what makes you happy, and offering as much or as little involvement as you desire in the process.

To wake up with the sea as your close friend, make breakfast and sip a mug of coffee as you explore the condition of the sea, testing the temperature as you walk barefoot along the sand.

This is one of those lucky bays that rarely experience much more than a ripple, even when the sailors are choosing to avoid a rougher sea further out in the blue yonder! The beach is a sand, pebble and shingle frontage, the water clear - just a few steps away across the beachfront small road.

This idyllic location is home to our Glaros Apartments, designed with the utmost care and offers some of the most stylish and comfortable accommodation in this lovely part of Crete. Inside, contemporary furnishings and a palette of soft neutrals create an elegant, informal atmosphere whilst outside, the spacious terraces are well-equipped for a relaxed and carefree stay.

Glaros Apartments is an ideal place for couples looking for a romantic retreat by the water, or for families seeking the perfect beachfront base for their holidays. Without the customary crowds to spoil the view, a stretch of lawn is all that separates you from the sand and sea on your doorstep and the versatile accommodation, complete with kitchenette, makes the question of dining in or out an enviable dilemma. When you’re not in the mood for catering, the owner’s beach bar is just a stone’s throw away, offering delicious breakfasts and a tempting choice of snacks and fresh drinks throughout the day, whilst a couple of tavernas within easy walking distance serve excellent local food with stunning sea views.

For an active day, there is windsurfing at the surf club on the south side of the bay, just a 15 minute walk from your bungalow apartment - continue your enjoyment of this sport or try it for the first time, experience that elemental feeling of wind in your hair, sun on your skin and while enjoying whisking along on your small craft, which is more like a shoe for water than anything else, carried along by the fair wind.

A short drive away, charming Palekastro remains a traditional agricultural town, with all amenities and a selection of traditional tavernas-restaurants at the attractive square.

On another day perhaps you may cover a bit more of Crete's land and villages - on the drive to Kato Zakros which will take about forty minutes, perhaps allow more for stops on your scenic route to enjoy the views and things of interest. Go to Kato Zakros which apart from having one of the largest archaeological sites just by the beach, has a far-away peaceful, end-of-the-road beach and small seafront, with a handful of tavernas serving all the food that you could wish to enjoy by the sea.

Closer, it may be time to motor down to Vai beach and enjoy the pine forest...arrive early before the sightseers and then move on to Itanos, Roussou or Petanou archaeological sites to get a sense of the age - a different age - of this area you are relaxing in, breathing in the pure sea air and enjoying perhaps, sunshine!

  • Hotel Name: Glaros Apartments - Kouremenos Beach
  • Area: Lasithi, Kouremenos
  • Why Go: Beach-front Setting,Food & Wine,Lovely Views,Relaxed

Why we like it

  • Short stroll to beach and tavernas.
  • Kouremenos beach has a fine brown sand, shallow turquoise waters (i.e. relatively warm in the early season) and several tamarisk trees around.
  • A great option for windsurfers, as the main feature of Kouremenos is the wind. Indeed, the wind here is so strong that the area is popular to windsurfers and kite surfers across Europe.
  • Just a perfect base to discover the quieter, lovely eastern Crete ... for outdoor action and spectacular landscapes and such unique attractions as the historic monastery of Toplou and Vai's famous palm-lined beach and picturesque villages.

What to know

  • The Glaros Apartments are a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Heraklion. However, you can fly to Sitia and the hotel is just a half-hour drive away.
  • Hiring a car is a must and will allow you to explore the area better.
Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Apartments - Studios Beach/Seaside :
Rooms: 12 Architecture & style :
Pool: Yes Family hospitality :
Dining: Cafe & Restaurant (Off site) Nice atmosphere :
Children: Welcome Quality of Service :
Closed: November to March Young Couples :

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