Villa Oleander is located in Agios Onoufrios, in the Akrotiri peninsula, under 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Chania. The sandy and organized beach of Agios Onoufrios is only 10 minutes' walk (approximately 850m) from Oleander.
Around The Area
Akrotiri is the largest circular peninsula extending northeast of the city of Chania. Among the rocky cliffs of the peninsula, there are some remarkable beaches and some important, historical and religious sites, worth visiting. The feature with most beaches on the peninsula is that, although is located in the northern part of Crete, they aren’t affected by the winds, as is the case for other beaches on the north coast. Therefore, have in mind these beaches, when you want to go to a beach where you’ll definitely find a calm sea.
In Akrotiri you can also visit: The Graves of Venizelos, Agia Triada of Tzagarolon, Gouverneto Monastery, The Cave of the Virgin Mary of Arkoudiotissa – The Bear Cave and The Catholic (or Katholiko).
Agios Onoufrios is a small village, named after the small chapel next to the beach that is dedicated to Saint Onoufrios.The beach of Agios Onoufrios features fine sand and is protected from the winds. It is an organized beach with sunbeds, showers, changing-room, lifeguard services and it has been awarded the Blue Flag.
A beach with fine sand and shallow crystal clear water, located northeast of Chania.It is organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, water sports and restaurants. Opposite Kalathas, there is a small island which you can easily reach by swimming.
Tersanas beach is located on the west coast of the peninsula of Akrotiri, in the prefecture of Chania, Crete, 12.5 km from the city of Chania. Among the cliffs of the Akrotiri peninsula, nature has created a picturesque, small, sheltered cove with shallow waters. Within the cove, there are two beaches, separated each other by the rocky coast, both very well protected from winds and waves. If you are visiting the prefecture of Chania with your children, then Tersanas is a place you should not miss, especially on windy days.
The tiny beach of Macherida hidden in a rocky bay is located 14km northeast of Chania. It is not an organized beach with white sand and turquoise clear water surrounded by amazing rocks. To access it you have to walk for 2-5 minutes on a rocky easy trail. A last thing to note is that this secluded beach attracts nudists.
Stavros is located on the north coast of the peninsula of Akrotiri. A circular bay is formed, fully protected by winds blowing in the region. The lagoon-like bay has marvelous white sand and shallow turquoise waters.
The mountain is famous, because there were filmed scenes for the film “Zorba the Greek”, where Anthony Quinn danced the famous Sirtaki Dance in 1964, when Stavros was a small fishing village.The second beach of Stavros is located north of the village, 200m northwest of the main beach. It has sand and rocks in places and is less organized than the first. The main drawback of this is that it is unprotected and the sea is usually wavy.
Marathi hosts two beautiful beaches with fine sand and shallow calm waters, ideal place for families with children. They are very well protected from the winds and they are both well organized with sunbeds and umbrellas and nice fish tavernas just behind the beaches.
The wider area is named Seitan Limania, after the wild landscape, the steep cliffs and the strong sea streams. In the middle of this wild landscape, in the northern cove, an unexpected tranquil and fantastic beach is shaped, with deep azure waters. There is a narrow steep path leading to the beach (takes 15-20’).