Agios Mathaios, An idyllic scenery
The forest of Agios Mathaios (Saint Mathew) is popular among the locals and visitors due to proximity to the center of Chania and the panoramic views that offers to city. The area is ideal for relaxed walks or cycling and has numerous spots where you can sit and enjoy the sunsets and the city views.
The beautiful coastal town of Chania is less than 5km from Villa Koukounari. The city is divided into two parts, the new and the old town, with the later being one of the most picturesque urban spots in Greece. Most visitors fall in love right after the first stroll through the numerous picturesque cobbled alleys and along the Old Venetian Port. The long-standing emblem of the city, Chania’s lighthouse, colorful plazas, historical churches, restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries, shops, justify the timeless value of a city that has been the bone of contention for many suitors throughout the centuries. Venetians, Egyptians, Ottomans conquerors have left their architectural marks on a city that is often characterized as a ‘crossroad of civilizations’.
Nearby Beaches & Points of Interest
The sandy beach of Kalathas, which is located just 6km away from the Villa Koukounari, is popular among locals and visitors, families and groups of friends, as it is shallow and perfect for families with children or people who are looking for a tranquil organized beach. The unique feature of Kalathas’ landscape is a small island which rises a few meters away from the beach.
Seitan Limania Beach
Mesmerizing turquoise waters and a rugged landscape, just 17km from Villa Koukounari. The impressive rocky walls of the canal and the turquoise waters of the beach compose a perfect landscape. Seitan is the hidden treasure of Akrotiri area, as it used to be a “secret” location among the locals till a few years back when the road was built.
Stavros beach, which initially became famous due to the movie “Zorbas the Greek”, is located 12km away from the luxury villa, in Akrotiri area. Today the beach is famous due to its sandy beach, shallow and almost always calm waters which makes one of the most suitable family beaches in Chania.
Marathi consists of two separated beaches, which are sandy, shallow, with crystal clear waters. Marathi is also a famous destination for its tavernas right off the beach.
One of the most beautiful spots of the area, located less than 2km from Villa Koukounari and about 5km from the city center of Chania. The spot offers great views to the city, especially during the sunset hour and to the imposing White Mountains on the left. Apart from the beautiful views, the location is of high historical importance as Eleftherios Venizelos, one of the most prominent prime ministers of Greece, rests there next to his son Sophocles. The area is also famous for the beautiful church of ‘Profitis Ilias’ (Prophet Elijah) which was built during 16th century by the Venetians and played a significant role during the revolution of Cretans against the Ottoman rule.