But will you really want to go anywhere further than for a mountain walk? There is after all a pool to swim in and to relax. Perhaps get some exercise. A small gym with regular workout equipment is at your disposal. Or, if you prefer, you can rent a bicycle and explore the area on two wheels.

Fancy a quick snack? The mews on the hillside, the tiny 4-house cluster that is Samonas the place to stay and just be, has its own authentic kafeneio for yourself to coffee and snacks, soft drinks and basics and just leave the money in the jar - trusted, yes you are!

Or visit Turkish fort and Minoan hill town of Aptera, with Roman cisterns, ruined Doric temples and a still-intact 12th-century monastery ; highlights of the new excavations are the foundations, flagstones, water ducts and more ...  fabulous views as well. The Minoan Tombs in the same area are also impressive.

You may visit Stylos springs, walk along rivers Kiliaris, Xydias or Almyros, marvel the biotope of Georgioupoli and the unique Kourna Lake

In the entire region there are more than 200 caves, the nearest Samonas cave located next to our settlement as well as the church of Agios Samonas

The gorge of Diktamos, 10 km long, is spectacular. Inside the other very near gorge of the area the Ramni-Macheri you will come across the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos as well as of Agios Mamas.

Feel more active you can tackle the famous Samaria Gorge on a long day trip

Visit Chania (40 min drive), with its lovely, picturesque Venetian fishing harbour, an Archaeological Museum housed in a former church, unique pedestrian alleys lined with arty shops and a indoors market selling local products,  herbs and delicatessen

There are boat trips from Almirida to the sea caves at Drapanos and from Chania to Agii Theodorii island, or maybe you would like to visit the well-known, spectacular Balos Beach from Kissamos Port (around 1.5 hours drive) 

Rethymno (around 45 mins drive) is another Venetian town in Crete and a worth visit for its cobbled streets, Ottoman minarets, colourful old  harbour and an impressive 16th-century Venetian fortress

The nearest beach in Kalyves is located at a distance of 12 km, while you may also visit the beach of Almyrida (14 km) and Georgioupoli (30 km), all clean and awarded with the blue flags  The nearby long beach of Georgioupolis (20 mins) has great windsurfing, but if you prefer smaller, fine sandy beaches then you should visit Marathi or Stavros  Beach- both near Chania airport (45 mins' drive) perfect for young kids to splash in as well

If you're feeling more adventurous, drive over the mountain - past small, traditional villages and cypress groves - and head down a small road to the rocky coast and blue color sea of Ombrosgialos; there's a seasonal taverna too with quite good food.

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Pool: Yes Mountain :
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Children: Yes ( Best for over 12s) Marvelous view :
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