Transport from the airport / sea port
OLIVE luxury villas in Kamilari are easily accessed from the International Airport and the Sea Port of Heraklion
• 68 km from the International Airport of Heraklion (60 minutes by car)
• 63 km from the sea port of Heraklion (55 minutes by car)
• Less than four hours from the most of the European airports
Access by car to Camilari:
From Heraklion (about 60 km): head towards Mires and Festos. After Festos you will pass the Agios Ioannis village and you will see the sign which sends you to Camilari, after 2 km through the orchards and olive groves.
From Chania and Rethimnon: Follow the national road from Rethimnon towards Spili, Agia Galini and Timpaki. Pass Timpaki and the military airport and after several meters turn towards Kamilari.
If you don’t have your own car, there is an everyday bus service Heraklion-Lasithi from Heraklion to Camilari. There are more bus routes towards Mires, Timpaki, Festos and Matala. We also can provide you transfer, please contact us.
Κamilari (200 m)
Κamilari is built on the peak of three hills, Goulas, Alevrotas and Evgoras and it has about 500 permanent residents. It is a quiet, traditional village with a panoramic view at the Messara valley, Psiloritis and the Libyan Sea.
The old houses in Κamilari are stone-built, with fine orchards and bougainvillea climbing up the walls. The village is very picturesque and beautiful, with all the features of a typical Cretan village: with a small central square, a church and traditional cafés, with their own color and personality, frequently attended by locals and visitors. In the village taverns with traditional Cretan food may be found, as well as a super market and shops with local products and folk culture goods.
Kalamaki (2 km)
Very close to the OLIVE villas there is a big sandy beach of Kalamaki, more than 2,5 km long! In Kalamaki you will find cafes and taverns, which, beside excellent drinks and food, offer free umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach.
The sea turtles Caretta-Caretta, endangered species, one of the seven kinds of sea turtles which exist on our planet, lay their eggs. Every year the volunteers of ARCHELON network, coop up the sea turtle’s nests, so that the eggs incubated in the sand are safe from the sun. Please note that the first turtles of 2014 were born on the Kalamaki beach!
Minoan Palace of Festos (4 km)
Festos is the second most important Minoan center in Crete, and every year it welcomes thousands of visitors. The Minoan palace of Festos corresponds to the mighty town, which developed in the Messara valley during pre-historic times, i.e. from 6.000 BC up to the 1st century AD, according to archeologic findings.
Kommos (4 km)
The Minoan town Kommos is one of the most important archeological sites, after Festos, in the territory of Southern Crete. Its beautiful and impressive beach, one of the biggest in Crete, which stretches from Kalamaki nearly to Matala, is well known among the touists.
You will also find the Caretta-Caretta nests on the Commos beach.
Matala (7 km)
The sandy beach of Matala is fully organized, with sunbeds and umbrellas, showers, cafes, restaurants and a super market. Matala became famous when in 1960s hippies from all over the world arrived there to live in the well-known caves of Matala situated near the beach. Today the flower children do not live any more in Matala, but they come here to see a legendary place and taste something from the charm of the past.