DESPINA APARTMENTS AGIA MARINA CHANIA
Location: Agia-Marina Village, Chania District, Crete
Distance from sandy quiet beach: 500 metres
Distance from Chania Town: 20 min
Distance from Chania Airport: 35 min
Hire car - not needed
Despina Apartments is rated as Class A in self-catering accommodation, where A represents the best and E represents the most humble. The rating indicates quality but not necessarily luxury. Empty and windswept in winter, crystal blue and tree-studded in summer, the safe sandy beach of Agia Marina is a focal point of Agia Marina 's beauty and a popular meeting place where you have a choice of cafes and restaurants.
The villa stands alone on the edge of Agia Marina village, in a quiet cul-de-sac, surrounded by an olive grove on one side, open field on two sides and two elegant Greek family houses with gardens on the fourth side. Although only 500 metres from the sandy beach, to reach the beach you have to walk back up the cul-de-sac and around houses, so it takes about 8 minutes. Its location makes for a quieter and more secluded atmosphere despite being in the village. The hills behind Agia Marina abound with olive and orange groves, providing plenty of opportunity for long country walks.
The villa can sleep 12 to 14, but is divided into three spacious two-bedroom well-appointed apartments so that smaller parties can be accommodated. The two first-floor apartments are comfortable for 5 (2 in one bedroom, 3 in the second) with a generous-size sitting room and open-plan kitchen/dining area. Each has views over the village rooftops to the sea and Agios Theodoros island from their balconies. The third apartment, on the ground floor, is comfortable for 4 people, sleeping 2 in each bedroom, with an open plan sitting/dining room and kitchen.
The small swimming pool, shared by the three apartments, offers a welcome opportunity for a family splash together in the morning before the beach, or in the evening after a day's shopping. Tall palms and a banana tree in the garden provide some welcome shade by the pool-side sun-drenched terrace at the hottest time of day.