How to buy property in Crete

Purchasing your dream property in Crete is a very easy procedure as long as you follow our advice.  Try to be certain before going out with Builders or Estate Agents that you have thought carefully about your criteria. You can use the following check-list as a start to your search:

  • Your timescale for buying
  • Your budget and if you will need financial advice/assistance
  • Size of property
  • Size of land
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Garden
  • Pool
  • Would you like having neighbours in close proximity?
  • Schools nearby
  • Shops in walking distance
  • Will you drive?
  • Beach in walking distance
  • Country/village property
  • City/town property
  • Sea views 
  • Mountain views



Choosing your property in Crete 

You should feel comfortable with the builder or agent you are going to use to help with your search. Take your check list (above) with you so you that you don’t lose sight of your needs and end up deciding on something that really doesn’t suit you.

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Minoan Civilization

The Minoan Civilization was the most important civilization around Copper Era in Greece and it owes its name to King Minos. The early centre of this grand civilization was the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Egypt with two important cities Knossos and Festus. There was a vast expansion of the power and influence of this civilization over the whole Northern East Mediterranean. It lived its pick period from 2100 B. C. till 1200 B. C. The end was believed to have been caused by the eruption of Thira’s Volcano in 1400 B. C. and the cruel plunders of its conquerors in the later final years. The Minoan civilization reached high levels of technical evolution. According to the myth the first robot was created in Crete, “Talos the monster”! Also the legendary Dedalus had already been living in Crete devoting his craftsmanship and creations to King Minos.




The Myth
According to Homer, King Minos ruled  for years and enjoyed Zeus friendship. Cretan tradition believes that  Minos was Zeus’ son, born by Europe in a cave along with his two brothers Radamanthis and Sarpidon. Each brother was connected with one of the most important palaces in Crete. Minos with Knossos, Radamanthis with Festos and Sarpidon with Malia.  
According to the myth Poseidon sent a big white bull to Minos to be sacrificed, but Minos kept it for himself. To avenge Minos, Poseidon sent Queen Pasiphae an unnatural passion for the bull and the fruit of that Passion was Minotaur! Then the Queen hid Minotaur in a wooden cow that Dedalus created for her. When Minos realized the deceit he imprisoned Dedalus and Minotaur in the labyrinth Dedalus himself had created.

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Balos & Gramvousa [Cretan wonders of nature]

At the Northwest end of Crete, on the boundaries of Kisamos, there is a wild but beautiful peninsula that ends with one of the most exotic sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, Balos (known among the locals as “Tigani”).


Balos, a dominating and characteristic picture of the Chania area, stands opposite two small islands Iremi (tamed) and Agria (wild) Gramvousa.  Every day, tour boats bring many visitors to the first island who want to visit the Venetian Castle, which was the base of Cretan rebellions against the Turks for years.

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Kolimbari, an area of great Myths and incredible natural beauty!

Kolimbari is a beautiful waterfront town 23km west of Chania set in the beginning of Cape Spatha 



The greater Kolimbari area is a wonderful mixture of green hillsides with olive trees and vineyards, a long pebble beach, small hidden coves, traditional villages and sights of historical interest.  It offers the chance of seclusion, relaxation, community feeling and at the same time being next to the necessary amenities.  Green and blue colours dominate this land along with the breath taking view of the White Mountains.



Kolimbari town it self offers the opportunity for the visitor to taste fresh fish, seafood and local delicacies in a small number of seaside taverns, stroll along the beach, and daydream while drinking coffee watching the sea.



The area claims a fare share of history itself.  One of the most important sights in Kolimbari is the Monastery of Panagia Odigitria dedicated to Virgin Mary known as “Moni Gonias” built at the very western end of the bay.  It was initially founded in the 9th century but in the 17th century it was built in the place it stands today.  The Monastery has a fortress form overlooking the bay at its front.  Through out the years it was raided and plundered numerous times from pirates and Turks in later years.  It was actually used as a centre of resistance in the 1821 revolution against the Turkish Occupancy.  Because of the care of its Monks, nowadays the monastery hosts an important collection of precious post Byzantine icons, relics, and other religious treasures.  A big celebration is held at the Monastery on the15th August on Mother Mary’s day.  The Cretan Orthodox Academy, an important educational foundation lies right next to it.



The routes of the area go back to the Minoan Era. Traces of Minoan settlements have been found in several places near Kolimbari but no systematic excavation has been done yet.  Between Minothiana (named after King Minos) and Saint Irene a very important Minoan City bloomed which is buried today.  Its name is assumed to be “Pergamos”.


Kolimbari can be used as a starting point for visiting important sights and places. 

 Diktynna temple, The Diktynneion — In North West Crete at the NE tip of the elongated and mountainous peninsula of Rodopou lies the remains of the long-known sanctuary.


Diktynna or Britomartis was a daughter of God Zeus.  Born, according to mythology, right here on Crete, she was a mountain goddess and was known for her hunting and love of nature.  King Minos, who ruled Crete and lived in the Minoan Palace of Knossos, fell in love with Diktynna and pursued her for a full nine months chasing her along the length of Crete.  But Diktynna wanted to remain a virgin and would not give in to Minos’ attentions.  He chased her to the edge of a cliff and being trapped, she threw herself off.  Fishermen saved her in their nets (Diktya) and a sailor, Andromedes, sailed with her from Crete to Aegina.  After landing there he made advances towards her and she fled from his vessel into a grove, and disappeared in the sanctuary of Artemis where she became known as Aphaea.  Because of her dedication and desire to protect her chastity, Artemis awarded her with immortality.


Remains from Roman times – a marble statue of Diktynna and a statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian discovered in 1913 – now stand in the archaeological museum in Chania.  The remains of temple built by Hadrian around AD123 survive at the site of an earlier temple built around the 7th Century BC.  Standing on a rocky plateau above the small cove and sandy beach a little way below.


Deliana Gorge is close to Deliana village 15 kilometres south of Kolimbari.  It’s a beautiful and easy walk through the gorge almost an hour back and forth.  The road passes along through the river and the sycamore trees on the right.  The rocks stand tall around you and the passage gets narrower in the heart of the gorge.  In many cases you will have to go through the streams that unite with the river and in others you will feel that it has darkened earlier since the sun cannot get through the tall rocks.  The way is short and at the end it climbs up the slope where there is a deserted monastery of the “Old Lady” Mother Mary and the village itself.  In Deliana you will find the homestead of a Great Man of the Greek Theatre, Alexis Minotis.  It is being discussed to be formed into a small museum on his honour.


The Cave of Saint John the hermit up at the village of Marathokefala is an amazing sight.  A representation of the birth of Christ takes place in Christmas Eve where lots of people arrive to feel the magic of that night.  A great Celebration is held on his honour on the 6th and 7th of October.


The oldest olive tree in whole Greece and probably in the whole planet, almost 3000 years old, can be found in the village of Vouves.  Recently a small museum was founded showing the importance of the olive trees and olive oil for the area.



A good number of Villages around Kolimbari are worth seeing for their beautiful landscape, the Byzantine churches some of them dating back to the 6th century like the church of Archangelos Mihail in Episkopi Village.  Also near Episkopi you can follow the paths that lead to the open theatre of Alexis Minotis  and the church of Saint Antonio.  Nohia village is well known for its pottery.  Spilia village is a beautiful picturesque traditional village with a beautiful square covered by sycamore trees and the old church dedicated to Mother Mary which goes back to the14th century.  Within Kolimbari you will find the unique Museum in Crete for fishing and fishery tradition.



From Kolimbari you can start off for the magnificent beaches of Falasarna and Balos.  More over it’s also much closer to visit the south west end like Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, the famous beach of Elafonisi and Paleochora.  Don’t forget to stop at Topolia and Elos on the way.


The local marina in Kolimbari can host up to medium sized vessels and be a starting point or rest station for those who love to make their own trips by speed boats and yachts.  Don’t hesitate to ask us for information about renting space prices for the marina.



Festivities go on forever through out the Summer Season in Kolimbari.  Festivals, feasts and celebrations give you a real good taste of the areas tradition and way of life.  Not only religious celebrations but festivals of all kinds, just name one!  Tsikoudia festival, olive oil, wine, fish, traditional products, honey, rooster festival and it never ends!  People do not miss the chance of having fun with Cretan Music, tsikoudia and dance!  

In recent years West Crete and especially the area of Kolimbari has attracted the people’s interest because it still retains an unspoilt and green character without being cut off from necessary amenities and offers the chance to the visitor to choose from livelihood and seclusion.  Just take your pick!  


Should you need further information regarding the area of Kolimbari, please visit our website on, email us on or call us on 0030 28240 83000. 

We will be more than happy to share with you some of our local knowledge of the area.  If you wish to keep the area yours for ever, all of us at Minoan Homes will assist you in every step of the way and we will make sure that your dream will come true!