For those who wish to experience the authentic village life of Crete, Aria Hotels may gladly propose Critamo Cottage, which is located in the picturesque Gavalochori village of Apokoronas area, near the centre of Chania. This fully-serviced traditional house, 300-year old, can accommodate up to five people and is designed for travellers who wish to relax in a serene atmosphere that offers peace and tranquility. Critamo Cottage is the ideal base for exploring the region, the historic town of Chania and Rethymno. The Aria local team is on-hand to provide daily concierge service (e.g. maps, special tips etc.) and advise on possible routes and places to visit around the village.
Critamo Cottage is a family-friendly holiday home which can accommodate up to five people and consists of two bedrooms, a seating & dining area, kitchen with stove, oven and BBQ, furnished courtyard and bathroom with shower. Its sister property, Villa Athermigo, a 250 year-old olive oil press recently restored to create an elegant boutique-style villa, is literally a few steps away and could be combined in one stay for larger groups looking to holiday together.
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Built at the beginning of the Ottoman conquest in 1724, Critamo Cottage (previously known as ‘Amvrosios House’) passed from father to son. Centuries of history have added to its distinct charm which has now been lovingly brought back through Aria’s careful restoration. It is fully in keeping with the traditional village setting and its many features of local and historical interest. The old barn and storage space, complete with Venetian arch and wooden ceiling features, has been converted to make a comfortable living and dining room, maintaining its traditional characteristics for authentic enjoyment.
The historic village, named after the Gavalas family who lived here during the Venetian period, holds a fascinating past which is explored in the local museum.
Featuring many shops, old Greek taverns and cafes, it also abounds in local culture with shops selling traditional pastries and handicrafts, numerous Greek Orthodox churches, and many architectural features of interest such as Venetian arches and wells, Roman tombs and an ancient olive oil press.
Critamo (crithmum maritimum) is a sea herb and edible wild plant with high vitamin C and mineral content, found throughout the Mediterranean that is used in herbal medicine and is also very popular in the Cretan diet.