The Lion FountainsExterior: Street view of the house
Cozy Apartment over the Lion Fountains
Cozy Apartment over the Lion Fountains
4 hostes
1 dormitori
3 llits
1 bany
4 hostes
1 dormitori
3 llits
1 bany
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A cozy and traditional apartment right at the center of Crete, in the main square of one of the most famous villages, Spili, standing over 30 lion fountains and surrounded by large maple trees. Starting from this oasis, you can plan your trips carelessly: 20-25 minutes drive away from the nicest and unexplored beaches of the south coastline as well as 20-30 min drive from the famous and picturesqe Rethimno city. Don't miss the opportunity to experience Crete from the inside.


The house is situated at a picturesque location, surrounded by maple trees and standing tall in front of 30 lion-head fountains, at the central square of village of Spili. Spili has always served as the crossroads of the Rethimno region, situated halfway from the city of Rethimno and the Cretan South, where remnants of old ports can still be found and of course, the town of Agia Galini.

The house was built around 1925 by the newly-wed Myron and Polyxeni Perakis. Unfortunately for the Perakis family, right after the birth of their first son, the Second World War broke out and shortly after the Battle of Crete, the Nazis took over the region, drove the family away and transformed the house into the main German HQ in the region. After the war time was over, the house (and the family) was luckily unharmed, and it became the central hub of the village. Up until recently (when grandma Polyxeni was still alive), one could still see the old inhabitants of the village walk in front of the house with their donkeys, pour water from the fountains into large containers to take back home and stop for small-talk with the old, gentle, knitting figure of old Polyxeni.

Although it was renovated at the beginning of the 00s, signs of the house's antiquity can still be found here and there. Parts of it are built with rock, while old furniture and traditional internal layout are clearly noticeable. Guests have immediate access to the "old way of life" in the village by descending through the main staircase to the central square to quench their thirst in the fountains or simply have a glass of raki in one of the cafeterias underneath.

The space is also a good starting point for trips all around Crete. In about half an hour drive, guests can visit the city of Rethimno or the southern towns of Crete and within fewer kilometers, some of the most astounding, famous and unique beaches/summer resorts of the island, such as Plakias or Preveli. Even for the most adventurous at heart, there are many options for exploring untouched places of unique beauty for swimming, trekking and camping.

Serveis i zones comuns

The apartment features two separate large rooms united with an internal wooden staircase, one small kitchen and one bathroom. Guests also have access to two external common spaces: one backyard on the top floor (with immediate access/view to the oddly-shaped hill over Spili) and the balcony in front of the main entrance, with direct view to the central square of the village, the fountains and the cafeterias underneath.

Since the house features two more apartments on each side, it's very much likely that guest might interact with the Greek families inhabiting the rest of the house in one of the common spaces, especially during the summer season.

Interacció amb els hostes

During the summer season and mostly in July, the host and/or his family are generally present in a separate apartment immediately next door.

Please note that the best time to meet/interact with the hosts would be weekends, as the family keeps traveling back and forth between Crete and Athens during the whole year. In any case, enough housing details and a small guide of the region can be provided beforehand.

Altres aspectes destacables

For the time being (May 2016), visitors can access the free municipal WiFi from the apartment or can be given access to the network of the coffee shop directly below the apartment.

Apte per a famílies i nens
Apte per a fumadors
Persones addicionals €10 / nit més de 2 hostes
Despeses de neteja €15
Descompte setmanal: 12%
Fes servir sempre la plataforma d'Airbnb per a la comunicació
Per tal de garantir el teu pagament, no realitzis mai cap transferència bancària i fes servir sempre el lloc web o l'aplicació d'Airbnb per comunicar-te amb l'amfitrió.
Llocs on dormir
Habitació 1
1 llit de matrimoni, 1 llit individual
Zones comuns
1 sofà llit
Normes de la casa
No s'admeten animals de companyia
No es permet organitzar festes o esdeveniments
No és segur ni adequat per a nadons (menys de 2 anys)

During their stays, chances are that guests will interact with the two families staying in the adjacent apartments. Since the atmosphere is already mellow enough, guests are kindly requested to keep it that way by not making too much noise during the afternoon hours (14.00-17.00) or during the night. Practically speaking, make sure to avoid stomping too much on the wooden staircase, banging hard on the doors or occupying the common spaces carelessly.

For the same reason, pets are not allowed within the premises of the apartment.

Smoking is generally allowed, just preferably done in the outside common spaces with ashtrays from inside the apartment.

Last but not least, when checking out or leaving the house for a long period of time during the day, guests are kindly required to keep the external doors closed and locked or with their protective net on. Spili and the house are in a rural area with direct access to the mountain slope, so leaving the doors open without proper care might attract unwanted wildlife (insects, cats, mice etc).

Mesures de seguretat
Estada mínima de 1 nit

20 avaluacions

Perfil de l'usuari Deirdre
octubre de 2017
Panagis is a great communicator snd his place is perfectly situated. I was cycling and it was no problem to carry my bicycle up one flight of stairs to the apartment and room enough to store it inside. The apartment would be a squeeze for three people but perfect for one or two. I would recommend this apartment and if in the area in the future I would rent it again.

Perfil de l'usuari Anna
octubre de 2017
Schöne, sehr zentral gelegen Unterkunft. Freundlich und liebevoll eingerichtet. Gute Doku über Ort und Umgebung. Sehr empfehlenswert!

Perfil de l'usuari Ian
setembre de 2017
Well located tidy apartment.

Perfil de l'usuari Silvia&Nikos
setembre de 2017
Very cute and cosy apartment in the centre of the centre of Spili. It was very clean and comfortable. Panagis and his cousin Miron were both extremely friendly but at the same time very professional. We totally recommend this place to the entire AirBnb community. Thanks guys, you're great!

Perfil de l'usuari Susan
setembre de 2017
We loved this apartment. It's centrally located in one of the most beautiful towns we have ever stayed in and all the action is on the doorstep. The apartment was fantastic and totally matched the photos on the Airbnb. No problems with checking in or checking out, Panagis was super quick to reply to any communication from us. Would highly recommend this apartment

Perfil de l'usuari Golan
setembre de 2017
Panagis's flat was as described and we enjoyed staying in Spili and the flat. Some reviews mentioned that the flat is noisy. The flat is in the village square of Spili and there are quite a few restaurants and cafes just below it and in the immediate area, and on Friday night there were people in them until late, but the "noise" was only people talking -- no music or drunken shouts, and it didn't bother us. If you are extremely sensitive to noise it might bother you, but not otherwise. Communication with Panagis was excellent. There is a guide to the area in the flat and Panagis was happy to give us some more tips when we asked. Thanks to the guide we visited the Agios Antonios gorge which we enjoyed a lot. It's a good walk on a hot day since the gorge is mostly shady. The only con we have for the flat is that the bathroom is quite tiny, but considering we spent most of our time outside the bathroom, it was OK. Spili itself is a nice village which is nearby to some nice beaches (Triopetra and Ligres) and the mountains. The road to Agios Antonios gorge, which passes through the village of Patsos was breathtaking (literally, at some parts).

Perfil de l'usuari Fiona
setembre de 2017
very good value and would certainly recommend this apartment in Spili - a lovely little town.

Spili, GrèciaMembre des de setembre 2015
Perfil de l'usuari Panagis
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