Location

Villa Helidoni is situated in the village Pontikiana, in the province of Kissamos belonging to the municipality of Kolimbari and prefecture of Chania.The villa is a 45-minute drive from the Port of Souda and 25 minutes from the town of Chania. The distance from the town of Chania is 25km while it is 30 km from Chania airport and 30km from the Port of Souda. During spring and summer the small village of Pontikiana overflows with swallows hence the villa’s name “Helidoni” which means swallow in Greek. These birds make their nests in the most unusual places, intriguing visitors with their whistles and chirps. Pontikiana is a small traditional village in the hills at an altitude of 150m. It has around 50 permanent residents who are mostly farmers and who uphold the tradition of Cretan hospitality. The village borders with Vouves and is blessed with the beauty of nature. It is very green and has many footpaths that can be discovered while walking through the olive groves admiring the scenery of the area. Breathe in the clean air, listen to the birds, smell the perfume of the flowers and hear the cuckoo interrupting the peacefulness of the night. Taste the traditional products (xerotigana and avgokalamara - both sweet pastries; pastelia - sesame seed sweets; hilopites - a type of pasta; tsikoudia - or raki as it is also known; and kalitsounia - small pies filled with soft cheese and/or spinach) which are made in the small traditional workshop next to the villa, and sample the excellent local wine in the neighbouring wine-cellar.

Don’t forget to try out the exceptional local virgin olive oil, which is well known all over Greece. The escape to nature combined with all the comforts of modern accommodation will make your stay at Villa Helidoni unforgettable. In the neighbouring village of Vouves, you can see the oldest olive tree in the whole of the Mediterranean, which is over 3000 years old and from which the 2004 Olympics winners’ crowns were made. Also, you will have the opportunity to visit the village Voukolies, which is at a distance of just 8km and has plenty of shops, traditional tavernas and a small waterfall. The church of Ag. Antoniou is situated 300 metres from the villa. It is the main church of the village and has recently been renovated.

Tavronitis can be found 5 km away and Kolimbari 7km. They are both large seaside villages with beautiful beaches, tavernas, restaurants, shops, banks and supermarkets. In the village of Episkopi Kissamou just 10km away from Villa Helidoni is the Rotunda of Archangel Michail. The church was built during the 2nd Byzantine period 700 AD and its unusual shape cannot be seen elsewhere in Crete. It looks like a Basilica with a domed roof, also called a rotunda. It has a huge dome in the centre, which is the dominant architectural feature of the church. From the exterior, the dome presents a graduated structure, decreasing in diameter high in the ceiling of the church. Also just 4 km away from Villa Helidoni you can see Darmarochori, a settlement next to the village of Vouves that has many newly built houses and a large taverna. It is worth visiting the villages of Spilia and Deliana where there is a lush green gorge.

Map

Head for the National Road from Chania to Kissamos. At the sign for Tavronitis – Palaiochora (about 18km from Chania) turn right and the road takes you over a bridge over the National Road, following signs towards Palaiochora.

After about 4 km you arrive at the village of Neratzia. Soon on the right you will see a blue road sign saying Gavalomouri, where you must turn right. Drive through the village of Gavalomouri and keep going straight on. Soon you will come to a crossroads. Go straight over and continue towards Pontikiana. Villa Helidoni is situated about 1000m away in the center of the village. The whole journey is on decent roads (not dirt tracks) and when you arrive, there is a garage for your car operated by remote control.

The villa is situated 25km from the town of Chania and 39km from the airport. If possible, it is helpful for us to know your expected time of arrival. If needed, car hire can be arranged for you. Please contact us in advance to let us know your exact requirements. A car is an absolute necessity in order to get about.