Located in the Municipality of Hania (also spelt Chania), on the island of Crete, Greece’s largest and most southernmost island, is the exquisite hamlet of Maheri. The village, whose name literally means ‘knife’ in English, is set on a hillside which affords views of Souda Bay, the largest natural bay in the Mediterranean, to the north, and of the magnificent White Mountains to the south. Whilst only about 20 minutes’ drive away from the city of Chania, Maheri is a peaceful little sanctuary set in glorious natural surroundings, and a village which the local residents are determined to protect. Restoration of the older buildings in the village, using traditional Cretan building methods and materials, is encouraged, but any new development is strictly prohibited. As a result, although accommodation in the village could certainly be described as cheap, the local properties which serve as hotels are expected to conform to the same high standards of restoration, and those offered via EasyToBook.com are no exception.
Conveniently located only 10 minutes from the island’s National Highway, your hotel in Maheri is an ideal starting point for exploring the area. Whilst Maheri itself features a small chapel, cut into a cave in the cliff face, the quiet village of Stylos nearby has a shady square with a bubbling natural spring at its centre. Just a few kilometers away is the site of ancient Aptera, whose earliest history dates back to the Minoan era in 3500BC. Remains of public baths, fortifications, aqueducts and burial grounds can still be seen there today. The nearby villages of Almyrida and Kalyves, meanwhile, offer beautiful sandy beaches and an abundance of restaurants, hotels and tavernas in a much more commercialized setting. The city of Chania, with its ancient Venetian harbor encircled by waterfront restaurants, its old town with narrow little alleyways overlooked by 15th century buildings, and its many archaeological sites and museums, is considered to have preserved more of its old character than any other in Crete.
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