Spilia is located on the edge of the plain of Chania 2 km from Kolymvari, 22km from Chania city-centre and 35 km from the airport of Chania. The village is near the junction with the national road which allows access to Chania in less than 25 minutes and makes easy access to the most famous places in West Crete. The village Spilia (cave in Greek) is named after the Cave of Ai-Yiannis Erimitis which is located in the west part of the village on a hill, on an impressive site of great historical importance with exceptional view.
Near the entrance of the Cave of St. John the Hermit there is an underground water collector, while the sides of the arcade are decorated with stalagmites and stalactites.
The Cave of St John the Hermit exudes a religious character, as it is adorned with icons and ecclesiastical objects that hang on its walls.
Dominating the village is the Church of Panayia Myrtidiotissa whilst, a short distance away from the Villa (100m away) is situated a very pleasant and locally taverna offering traditional food. The tavern is under a dense vegetation of extremely high Plane Trees, that are centuries old.
Close by in the center of the village, there is another new tavern which is open all day and you can enjoy the taste of local products.
In charming Kolymvari (5 minutes by car) you will find the Iera Moni Gonias Monastery and the Orthodox Academy of Crete.
In the village there are many pleasant tavernas, restaurants and kafenios, a post office, a medical center, a supermarket and bank / ATM’s.
The area is famous for its fish, landed fresh daily from the harbour, the fragrant wine of the Kissamos area and the awarded olive oil with it’s low acidity rate.
The village of Spilia is ideally located for you to visit the most important coasts of Crete, the well-known Falassarna with the immense sandy beach, the ancient town and the enchanting lagoon of Elafonisi, attractions awarded by international organizations for their clearness and the multi coloured sand formations. In the wider area is set the beautiful lagoon of Balos at Gramvousa, where you can enjoy all the tints of blue and green.
West Crete has much to offer, sightseeing, archaeological sites, the lovely beaches of Falassarna, Elafonissi and Balos which are all within easy driving distance from the Villa.
The famous Samaria Gorge, and many other wonderful Gorges (famous and not famous) & walks in the countryside are another option.
Go and visit the maybe the oldest olive tree in the world at Vouves.It still produces olive oil today!!You need less than l0 minutes drive.
Night-life, beach bars, wind-surfing and other extreme sports can be found in abundance in the Platanias area which is not far away.
Crete as it may sound absurd is an ideal destination for those who want to ski at Cretan mountains. With many options , alternative routes – crossings and in combination with the quality of life would not be an exaggeration to say that the island of Crete is a paradise for those who want something different deep in the heart of winter.
We can also offer you several services ::Car rentals, Transfers, Excursions to Samaria gorge or other gorges, guided walks, massage, personal training, 4X4 safari to Balos, Cooking services and Cretan cooking lessons, massage, treatments, etc