Crete is the largest and most populous island of Greece and the fifth largest island of the Mediterranean Sea. Hundreds thousands of tourists visit it every year due to the excellent weather, the traditional element that remains intact and of course the unique and amazing sea.
Our villas are built in Rogdia and Agia Pelagia, two extraordinary locations that offer an exceptional view to the sea and invite you to create your memorable summer holidays, and now, we proudly open our largest and most unique villa on the beach, Kastelo Kalliste, at Ferma Beach ( available in May 2019).
Rogdia is a village just 20 kilometers from the City of Heraklion, which sits upon a mountain overlooking the glorious Cretan Sea. The village, and its surroundings, is famous amongst the local Greeks for the place to get the very best in Greek local cuisine. The tavernas on Rogdia are famous for their quality and ambiance and are sought after by the locals who know where to get the best food in the area. The locals also know that this place provides the most spectacular views of the Cretan Sea, both day and night.
The village of Rogdia has an ancient origin in the Venetian era where it was part of an outpost to the mediterrenean world. There are still medieval structures to be found in a walk around the village area and strolls throughout the countryside. There are areas filled with places to explore by foot or by car, including the gorge of Spiliotissa for the naturalist wanderer. The gorge starts at sea level in Paleokastro, an ancient ruin at sea side, and moves up toward the old mill of Koukos. From this mill, one takes a steep walk up to a waterfall of Rechtra, which has a height of 10 meters. There is a cave in the middle of the gorge, which is an area used by many as an area of contemplation.
One can explore the Venetian tower in the village and see the example of the lost Venetian architecture from the medieval time of knights and warriors. Another area to explore is the monastery of Savvathiana, high up above the surrounding areas, where the trek around winding small roads, lead to a secluded spiritual haven that will leave you with a permanent memory of a special place of peace and worship. Once you make you way up to the secluded top of this mountain, you approach an open gate, welcoming all travelers to a secluded garden of beautifully maintained fruit trees and flowering trees. Pathways lead you throughout the stone medieval style church and living areas of the old monastery. The old monastery transformed into a nunnery years ago, and now is run by nuns who welcome guests and show their Cretan hospitality with a tour of the grounds or a discussion of their spiritual life. They have a loom operation there that produces beautiful embroideries and cloth coverings, done in the ancient way that was done by Penelope, in the Odyssey.
The original church of the monastery lies toward the back end of the grounds, in part of a mountain cave, which the original church founders used as a hideout from the avenging sea pirates of the middle ages. The Monastery also has an ancient icon called “Great are you, Lord”, painted by a renown icon artist, Ioannis Kornaros.
Further up the mountain of Rogdia are areas of gorgeous vistas that only eagles usually see. You can also find horse riding facilities in the area above the Rogdia village. The area offers the visitor natural wonders, spectacular vistas of the sea and wonderful dining experiences, all with Cretan hospitality and friendliness that is world famous.
Agia Pelagia, located 21 km west of Heraklion, is the area encompassing a beautiful azure blue cove, which has a white washed fishing village that is now home to hotels and tavernas,bars and fishing boats. The sea and sun kissed area go from sea level to the steep and beautiful hill side surroundings that create a Riviera like atmosphere in the glorious contrast of sun and blue seas all around the viewer. The main beach is a long and narrow beach, with out of the way coves to explore. There is an area called Evresi where a small shrine called Santa Pelagia can be found. There used to be an ancient monastery at the beach where worshippers sought cures in the waters of the beach.
The beach of Agia Pelagia is known for its incredible hues of blues, and calm waters protected by the natural mountainous harbor. One can find sun beds and umbrellas for rent and sea sports and diving are available for the ocean bound enthusiasts. The beach of Agia Pelagia has many tavernas, cafes, bars, atms, and shops for the guests who want to enjoy the wonders of the Cretan beaches, with the comforts of the modern tastes.
Above the beach of Agia Pelagia, is the cliff top oasis of Santorini villa ( a ten minute drive from the beach).
The drive from the Villa to the beach is a winding drive with panoramic views of the Sea and sky that, alone, is an adventure to remember.
The ancient city of Rhodes is unlike any Greek city in existence, with medieval walls looming above visitors at every turn. The city has stood since 408 BC, and is now rich in a shared history of the best of Antiquity and medieval Europe to give visitors the chance to feel just what it was like to walk the streets of Rhodes during the days of Templar Knights.
Wandering up and down the market place of the town, tourists are bombarded by the sights and sounds of an ancient world that is alive and thriving, the heartbeat of the city beating in tune with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here the tavernas, with delicious smells of cooking food, beckon you in, and the unique shops of the city, from some of the world’s most beautiful jewelry to the tell-tale Rhodian glass lamps, invite you to explore and become a part of a culture.
Please be aware that the city of Rhodes is a UNESCO protected city, and does not allow motor vehicles except for those with specially authorized permits. In case visitors wish to rent cars while staying in the city, there is parking located outside the main gate. Transportation to and from the Lemuria manor and the main gate will be provided upon arrival and departure dates.