Ecotourism, agrotourism, ecology, the ‘great outdoors’ and respect to humanity and its needs: simplicity, harmony, clean air, warm hospitality, relaxed atmosphere, home-cooking.
This is what you will find in Milia, a small forgotten corner in Western Crete.
Milia is an authentic 17th century mountain settlement which has been transformed into and eco-friendly tourist complex; it seems to have sprouted from the lands of Crete. A glorious location boasting exceptional rugged beauty in the area of Kissamos. Placed among plane trees, chestnut trees, and mountain tops reaching the skies, the area overwhelms visitors with its unique diversity.
The philosophy of “back to basics” has found true meaning here. Milia is open all year round.
There are various categories of stone cottages but of course each and every one is unique..
The smallest cottages are 12-15 sq. meters and offer accommodation for one or two guests. They have a double bed or two single beds, a desk and a small bathroom. They have small balconies and/or adjacent terraces. In the winter heating is provided by a state of the art wood burning stove.
The large cottages are 25-35 sq. meters and offer a small living area as well. Most have fireplaces. They can accommodate 3 persons.
The suites are 40 sq. meters or more with a lovely living area and a large garden.
Family accommodation is available in cottages of 40 sq. meters of more. They can accommodate up to 4 persons in different bedrooms. Some have fireplaces, others wood burning stoves.
All cottages offer hot running water, lighting for basic needs and for reading, warm bedding, orthopedic-ecological mattresses, heating in the winter, a lovely garden or balcony, hammocks in the summer as well as sun beds.
There is a breakfast buffet rich with local flavors, homemade marmalade, local honey, freshly baked bread, traditional goat cheeses, fruit, sweets and so much more. As the seasons change we embellish our menu by adding seasonal flavors.
Breakfast is served from 8:00a.m. to 10:30a.m..
Our restaurant is open every day all year round from 12am to 21:30pm for all visitors.
In July and August the restaurant stays open until 22:30pm.
Region: Kissamos, Chania
relevant routes: Kasteli-Elos-Elafonissi-Falasarna
It’s a bit of an adventure but believe us, it’s worth it, you’ll see. As you make your approach you’ll come across breathtaking landscape including traditional villages, small gorges until you finally reach the 2.5 km dirt road that leads directly to us. You will be charmed by the route and its overwhelming beauty. Don’t worry. It’s easier that it sounds and actually a piece of cake if you’re determined to come. Reaching Milia by car
Take the National Road from Chania or Souda in the direction of Kissamos (Kastelli). At the end of the National Road there is a sign indicating the direction of Elafonisi. Proceed in this direction and pass through the villages of Kaloudiana, Potamida, Boulgaro. A little after the entrance to the next village, Topolia, there is a crossroads and two options: 1) If you turn right (towards Tsourouniana, Ai-Kyr Yiannis, Kalathenes and Syrikari), after about 500 meters turn left towards Tsourouniana and after about eight km turn right towards Milia. The last two km are on a dirt road in decent enough condition for passenger cars. 2) If you continue left at the crossroads a little after the entrance to Topolia, you pass through the village itself and the Topolianos gorge, and then Katsomatados. Approximately three km after Katsomatados is the crossroads for Vlatos and Milia, and here you turn right. This road leads to Milia. This second route (through the village and gorge of Topolia) has lately become a little dangerous during the wintertime due to landslides within the gorge. There is only slight danger during the summer of falling rocks, unless the winds are exceptionally high. The distance to Milia is a bit longer via this second route, around 60 km from the centre of Chania. Upon your arrival at Milia you will see a sign indicating where you can park and then continue the approximately 150 metres by foot. We ask that only if you have much luggage, physical difficulties, there is exceptionally bad weather or if it has become dark, that you drive SLOWLY down the hill to your right. As soon as you arrive at the settlement, approximately 20 meters ahead and to the left you will find the dining room. The reception area is located in the same building. If for the above reasons you’ve parked right next to the settlement, when circumstances finally allow, we ask that you drive your car to the parking area, or ask us where you can alternatively park. Reaching Milia by bus.
As there is no regular bus service to Milia, we strongly recommend you come by car. If however you don’t want to drive at all, you can reach us by taking the bus which runs once a day only from the center of Chania, October to May. It runs every day except on weekends. It departs from the central station at 13:00pm and makes a stop en route in Vlatos at 14:45pm. From that point we can pick you up if you have already pre-arranged it with us. The same bus passes through Vlatos going towards Chania every morning at about 07:00am, which unfortunately is an untimely hour for us to drop you off. In this case you will have to take a taxi from Milia to Kastelli, Kissamos from which point there is regular bus service. A taxi from Milia to Kastelli costs about 35 euros and to the center of Chania about 75 euros. There is no bus service between Milia and Paleochora or Sougia. Some advice:
If you take a taxi to or from Milia, make sure you agree on the price before starting off and also remind the driver that the last 2.5 km of the journey are on a dirt road. We can call a taxi for you whenever you need it. There are certain taxis which service the local area and are at your disposal.
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