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Relax in a traditional house located in the heart of Archanes, one of the most beautiful villages of Europe, just 15 minutes drive away from the Minoan palace of Knossos.

Entering the property we see a courtyard with lemon trees, orange trees, a few vines and flowers. 


Luxury living is just one part of the travel journey. The other and maybe the most memorable is the experiences – all these unique moments we live and we tend to remember for lifetime. Crete – as the biggest island of Greece – has plenty of hidden treasures to explore. Discover the island, guided by locals and transform your regular holidays into a magnificent travel experience that you will always talk about it.

And who knows… it could a reason to visit Crete again.



Zaros is known from the antiquity for the water spring which still provides fresh water. The trip from Heraklion to the Lake of Zaros takes about an hour and a half. The same goes for the return. The forest of Rouvas, in the gorge of Saint Nicholas, is an important ecosystem of holly trees of national interest.

The hiking path starts from the lake of Zaros and it is part of the E4 trail. We follow the path in the gorge of Agios Nikolaos, where we walk along the river bed, which has a lot of water on spring and several waterfalls and ponds are formed. After 2 hours (almost 5 km) we will find ourselves at the enchanting holly forest of Rouvas. At Ai Giannis, we will find a landscaped picnic area. There is a mountain shelter, toilets, benches and a spring where we can enjoy a brief snack.

At this point we will have to decide if we will continue to the location “Dyo Prini”, where we can admire the view to the forest of Rouvas, Zaros and Messara plane, or if we will return to the lake.


  • Experienced, English speaking trekking guide
  • Free transport from/to your hotel with our vans. (as long as you are within the predefined pick-up area)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lunch pack (water,energy bar, fruits, juice box)
  • Trekking equipment (trekking poles, backpack) uppon request