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.
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).