SEE & DO
You can enjoy the best that Crete has to offer during your stay at Villa Magdalena. We would recommend hiring a car to make the most of your visit. Take a look at some of our favourite things to see and do nearby.
The hidden gem of Ombrosgialos is just down the road – a spectacular cove from where you can jump off rocks directly into the sea, and enjoy some freshly caught fish in a small taverna whilst taking in the view. The small coastal towns of Kalyves, Almyrida and Georgioupolis are all within a short drive of Villa Magdalena. They have lovely sandy beaches, tavernas and shops. For the more intrepid, Elafonissi and Balos are considered to be among the very best beaches in Europe. And Loutro, on the South coast, makes for a wonderful day trip.
Kefalas is the home of Villa Magdalena. Founded by Byzantine settlers in the twelfth century, this charming hill top village benefits from a gentle but cool breeze in the hot summer months. It contains several historic stone churches and public buildings. The square houses a museum, two well-stocked mini-marts and three tavernas where you can soak in the Cretan way of life over a coffee, drink or bite to eat. Many of the nearby villages also have delightful tavernas. A short drive away is Vamos, where you can find a lively square with fantastic kafeneios, shops, bakeries and the nearest bank.
Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake in Crete, is not far. There you can have a walk, meal, swim or kayak in the clear turquoise water. Hiking the beautiful Samarian Gorge, located in the national park in the White Mountains of West Crete, is considered a must-do for many visitors to the island. The Minoan palace of Knossos lies just South of the capital, Heraklion. Its labyrinthine ruins are thought to have inspired the myth of the minotaur. Water sports, sailing, mountain biking and fishing trips can all be arranged during your stay by Villa Magdalena’s property manager.