This two-storey, quaint and very functional house in the center of the traditional village of Avdou is the perfect getaway for a real Cretan experience. It can sleep five people: there is a single bed on the ground floor along with a WC, a large double bed on the first floor with en suite bathroom, and another double bed on the open-plan second floor.
The village itself is delightful, with small, renovated homes retaining the traditional style, cobblestone streets with signs commemorating out the history of each shop and an idyllic little square complete with a huge, shady plane tree. The people are super-friendly and, in the summer, the village can be quite lively. It’s located near the Lasithi mountain plateau, next to the Aposelemi Dam Lake, a 40-minute drive from the main city of Heraklion.
To get there, you take the highway from Heraklion towards Agios Nikolaos. After 20 minutes (about 20 km), at the large junction, turn right toward Kastelli (You’ll see a yellow road sign) and then again right toward Lasithi Mountain Plateau. After 3 km you 'will see a junction, you continue left toward Lasithi Mountain Plateau (not toward Kasteli). Continue along the winding mountain road toward Lasithi Mountain Plateau and you will pass the lake on your left hand. Continue and you will find Avdou. On the right hand you will see a very big church. Opposite the church there is a street who leads (after 50 meters) to the center of the village, you see there a huge plane tree and on the left hand a Supermarket, you go right and, after 50 meters, you see the house...
There are a variety of activities you can do here: hang-gliding from Mount Louloudaki, horse-riding at the nearby Odysseia Stables, hiking in the Rosa Gorge or around Aposelemi Lake. A visit to the impressive Agia Fotini Cave is a must, where you will be awed by the stalagmites and stalactites in the last room of the cave, which has been converted into a shrine to Saint Fotini.
Delicious Cretan food at very reasonable prices can be had at Avdou’s tavernas, but also in the neighboring villages of Gonies, Potamies and Askoi. In the summer, the local cultural society organizes a wide range of events—concerts, dance performances and theatrical plays—in a spacious venue on the edge of the village.
The fantastic Aquasplash water park is a short drive and the beautiful beaches of Hersonissos and Malia are 14 kilometers away.