Argyro's house (breathtaking view)
Argyro's house (breathtaking view)
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Argyro's House, Agia Paraskevi, Crete

At the lower end of the village below the square and the church, this unsophisticated house has simple paved floors of local stone and is terraced on the hillside in a really quiet position with wonderful views over the countryside to the Libyan Sea.

Adorned with a generous swathe of bougainvillea, the partially covered entrance terrace has built in bench seating for alfresco dining and from here there are entrance doors to both the well equipped kitchen and the small adjoining living area, with built in sofas, fireplace and large dining table. A stone staircase off the living area leads up past a small shower room to the first floor, where there is one small double bedroom and a slightly larger twin bedroom, which has patio doors to a lovely private terrace with wrought iron balustrade and just incredible uninterrupted sea views. Both bedrooms at this level have sloping, beamed ceilings and there is a further small twin bedroom off the kitchen.

Built into a wall , at the back of a small courtyard to one side of the house, is a magnificent barbecue with a nearby shady olive tree encircled by a low wall and a lovely spot to put a cushion on a hot day

Agia Paraskevi, Crete, featured in the Sunday Times "Beat a path to the heart of secret Crete"

Hidden away on the south coast between Agia Galini and Moni Preveli and a good 2 hours drive from Chania Airport, the tiny hamlet of Agia Paraskevi, stands high on the hillside looking out over the Lybian Sea. Virtually abandoned for 25 years, the village has over the past decade been slowly restored and brought back to life and now provides the setting for a unique holiday experience and the ultimate place to unwind!

Ag Pag, as we affectionately call it, has two churches and a score of houses, dotted haphazardly over a wide area of the hillside demarcated by rocky bluffs and olive groves sloping downwards towards the sea. All the houses are built in traditional style from local stone and wood, with terracotta tiled roofs, but all are different shapes and sizes and have their own particular character, based on the lie of the land and the vision of their individual owners.

Apart from the very occasional passing car, Ag Pag is amazingly peaceful and by day you can clearly hear the tinkling of goat bells on the hillside a kilometre away. By night its even quieter and the sound of silence is almost tangible, save for the occasional soft hoot of a Skops Owl, or the distant murmur of the sea breaking on Ligres beach, 2km away down the hill.

With no large villages let alone towns nearby, the sky at night is a further revelation with a vast and dazzling canopy of stars, seemingly close enough to touch.

Finally, it is important to appreciate that Ag. Pag is not a new, purpose built holiday village, but a wonderful old village, that has been restored to life by the enthusiasm and dedication of some of its younger sons and now acts like a magnet to all whose lives it has previously touched. A recent champion of Ag Pags renaissance is Kyriakos, who appeared out of the blue a couple of years ago. returned from the island of Ios together with his wife and young son and built a taverna with a few rooms and a swimming pool just below the village (10 mins walk from the square). Kyriakos who speaks good English, is quietly spoken but with a hugely infectious laugh, he's a real man of the people and loves company so all our customers will be made very welcome.

Local Information: The sandy Ligres beach, well served by two tavernas, is just five minutes drive away, whilst a ten minute drive will bring you to an excellent fish taverna on the little harbour in Agia Fotini. Twenty minutes further west of Agia Fotini the unsurfaced road follows the coast to Swallows Canyon where a palm fringed fresh water lagoon backs the sandy beach below the spectacular hilltop monastery of Moni Preveli.

Ten minutes drive to the east, are the superb beaches of Trio Petra and beyond, Agios Pavlos. All the beaches on this stretch of the south coast are sandy and relatively quiet even in high season, with a good half dozen strategically placed tavernas. For bakers, mini markets, banks and a little more civilisation, the hill town of Spili, with its handsome Venetian fountains, is a good 40 minutes drive, so it's worth stocking up whilst you're there (we found the delicious bread from the traditional wood fired oven baker froze very well ). Several tavernas offer enticing coffee or lunch stops to make the trip worthwhile.

N.B. Car hire is essential and although metalled roads now link most of the small villages and beaches, hiring a 4-wheel drive vehicle gives you the exhilarating option to explore the myriad tiny roads and tracks.

Walking - In spring and autumn the area is excellent for walkers and there are footpaths to Ligres and Trio Petra beaches and also to Agia Fotini and even distant Moni Prevelli.

A Tale of Two Villages

Agia Paraskevi or (St. Friday) is named after the villages 13th century church which until 1979 was cared for by two Greek Orthodox nuns who had lived permanently in the village since the last World War and built a second small church where the square is now located.
For hundreds of years the land around the village had been farmed by the villagers of Ardaktos, which stands inland at the head of a precipitous gorge leading down to Agia Paraskevi. From October until June the villagers would stay in Agia Paraskevi, gathering olives and growing wheat before returning to the cooler climes of Ardaktos, during the hottest summer months.
Up until the early 60s Agia Paraskevi could boast a population of 30 to 40 inhabitants but Greek rural life was undergoing dramatic changes and by the end of the 60s the village was deserted, save for the two nuns. In the course of time, the village boys of the 60s became men, took up professions, married and had families. Many of them moved to other towns and cities in Crete, but from time to time, especially when they got together at weddings, baptisms, funerals and so on, they would remember their simple and carefree childhood in Agia Paraskevi.
In the early 90s eight of these men formed a loose co-operative and obtained a grant from the Greek Government to restore some of the original dwellings on condition they were rebuilt in traditional style. Later others joined the project and today Agia Paraskevi is a village St Friday would be proud of.

Το σπιτι είναι αξαιρετικο με απιστευτή θέα στην θάλασσα.. Η συγκοινωνια φτανεί μεχρι 6 χιλιομέτρα απο το σπίτι επομένος είναι απαιραιτητο κατα την γνωμη μου να ενοικιάσετε αυτοκίνητο. ( ο δρομος είναι αρκετα καλος μέχρι και τον παραδοσιακό οικισμό).


追加人数の料金 ¥1225 / 泊 (3名を超えると1名様増毎に加算)
週の割引率: 3%
週末料金 ¥11981 / 泊






Lovely location, authentic house with great views, friendly generous people. Met by Vagellis' father late at night in the dark, and escorted to the house which was very much appreciated.We had no problems with driving as we had a jeep. Beautiful secluded beaches where we swam every day. We loved the peace and quiet and hospitality in the local taverna where we had breakfast every day. Vagellis was at the end of the 'phone to answer any queries. We really like this part of the island and had great weather. Thank you to Vagellis and his father.

Endroit très agréable.vue magnifique. Nous avons apprécié le logement . Les espaces extérieurs sont un vrai plus!

We hebben genoten van het huis en het uitzicht. Huis is klein en eenvoudig. Alles speelde zich buiten af voor ons op het fijne terras of lekker luieren in de hangmat. Buitendouche was erg fijn. Voldoende privacy om je daar lekker te douchen, helemaal geweldig met volle maan. Als je een kattenliefhebber bent zit je daar goed. Wij hebben tijdens ons verblijf voor een kat en kitten gezorgd. De moeder was weer zwanger. Hoop dat iedereen ze wil verzorgen, ze waren zo lief. Strand dichtbij. Je kan veel stille plekken bezoeken en de wind maakt dat het goed te doen is. Wij waren met 6 personen en hebben een airco gemist in de derde slaapkamer. Er kan dag en nacht zoveel wind zijn dat je niet met het raam open kan slapen. Bedden zijn hard, dus even wennen. Geur (van wij denken riolering) in keuken en badkamer niet prettig maar te doen. Je bent veel buiten. Super fijne week gehad die ik iedereen kan aanraden als je van zee, veel wind, natuur, prachtige stranden, wilde golve n, zwembad om de hoek met taverna, mooi uitzicht, katten en leuke buurman houdt ♡

The House is very charming but we were unlucky with the weather and the house is in a very windy spot, it was not possible to sleep at night without ear plugs because of how loud the wind was. The House is high on the mountains so you need to know which roads are ok to use and not to depend on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) map because it only gives you the shortest way and you could end up on very narrow damaged and dangerous road.. you need to know how to drive well in the mountains. The smell of the kitchen pipes can be very unpleasant when its windy, but its ok when there is no wind. it was nice to have the cats around and the Neighbors dog as well, the restaurant right next to the house has the best food you can have in Crete.

Wir haben den Aufenthalt in Argyros House sehr genossen. Die Terrasse im Eingangsbereich und der Garten sind sehr schön bewachsen und idyllisch. Die obere Terrasse bietet einen schönen Blick über die Küste und das Haus ist sehr ruhig gelegen. Schnell ist man an den tollen Stränden von Triopetras und Ligres. Wir haben uns, abgesehen vom Badezimmer, sehr wohl gefühlt.

Das Haus liegt sehr ruhig und abgeschieden mit einem fantastischen Panoramablick. Man sollte aber wissen, dass es Teil einer Neubausiedlung ist, die sich verstreut über den Hügel erstreckt. Es handelt sich um insgesamt ca. 30 Häuser, die meisten sind Ferienhäuser, entweder zur Vermietung oder privat genutzt. Alle Häuser wurden aus Natursteinen errichtet, wirken abwechslungsreich und fügen sich gut in die karge Landschaft ein. Ein paar Meter entfernt gibt es eine kleine Taverne bei Vrachos Villas. Dort kann man vorzüglich essen. Das Angebot wechselt täglich und man wird zunächst in die Küche geführt um in die Töpfe zu sehen. Das Haus selbst ist nett, eingebettet in einen alten Baumbestand, das Bad hat allerdings bauliche Mängel, war nicht besonders sauber und muffelte aus dem Abfluss. Trotzdem war es ein schöner Aufenthalt.

Very quiet place, nice garden and exceptionnal views from the deck

Rethymnon, ギリシャ1月 2013からメンバー

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