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  • Private
  • Included
  • WiFi


“A family sea view Villa of note with nothing left wanting. Walk to the village square. ”

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Essential Information
Sleeps (Max) 6
Bedrooms 3
Shower Rooms 3
Maid Service Included
Pool Private 9 x 4.5
A/C Included
Floor Area m² 136
Car Hire Essential
Booking Information
Check-In Any day (after 16:00)
Check-Out Any day (before 10:00)
Minimum stay 5 nights
Local Facilities
Beach 2 km, Almerida
Tavernas 1km
Mini Market 800
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 35km/55mins
Ferry Port Heraklion 128km/ 1hr 50mins
Ferry Port Kissamos 65kms/1 hour
Ferry Port Souda 20kms/30mins
Heraklion 129km/ 1hr 50mins
Villa Equipment
Local TV
Satellite TV
Dish Washer
Washing Machine
Hair Dryer
Sun Lounger
Mosquito Window Blind
Filter Coffee Machine
Iron & Board
Pool Towels
Cooking Utensils
Nespresso* Machine
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Villa Zara, Plaka near Almerida, Sleeps 6
Free wifi


Sea and mountain Views from each of three terraces over which  Villa Zara’s grounds extend, capture the very essence of Crete; the comings and goings of the occasional ferry boat, hilltops capped by sparkling white villages and mountains rising dreamily in the distance. A totally modern Villa, Zara has been constructed and decorated using the best of Cretan tradition, with gleaming wood beamed ceilings and wood furnishings. A few individual villas scatter the hillside on which the Villa is built, from which privacy is maintained behind tree lined, stone walls.

Location - Plaka

1 km uphill from the sandy sweep of pretty Almerida, with its tavernas almost on the sand itself, the village of Plaka, has a mini market and some very good tavernas whose tables and chairs spill out onto the square, bringing it to life in the evenings. Villa Zara is 800m wandering distance from this square. For a change of beach scene, the small resort of Kalives and Georgioupolis are within easy striking distance.  Chania’s Venetian Harbour is 25 kms away and Rethymnon 40 kms. 

Outside Villa Zara

Swimming Pool - Tiled, 9m x 4.5m private pool with roman step entry and jacuzzi jets. Depth 1m - 1.70m.

Sea View Pool Terrace - Surrounding tiled terrace with sun beds, parasol and sofa set.

Sea View Barbecue Terrace - Purpose built barbecue, dining table with benches under a pergola, sink with tap.

Sea View Dining Terrace - Spacious tiled terrace with a large dining table and chairs,
A drying area and washing machine at the rear.

Sea View First Floor Balcony - Furnished with small table and chairs.

Garden - Grass area and olive trees.


Ground Floor

Sitting Area - Lower level sitting area with corner open fireplace, TV, DVD, comfortable modern/traditional Cretan Sofa and 2 chairs, 3 windows with garden views. Air con unit

Dining Area - Upper Level dining area with wooden table and seating for 6

Kitchen Area - Wooden fronted fitted cupboards, double sink, electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher.

Twin Bedroom 1, en suite shower room - 2 single beds, French doors to covered pool view terrace and window with sea views. Air con unit.


First Floor

Double Bedroom 2, ensuite shower room - 1 double bed,  window with sea view, French doors to sea view terrace, (shared with Bedroom 3). Air con unit.

Twin Bedroom 3, en suite shower room - 2 single beds, French doors to sea view balcony (shared with bedroom 2),window with sea view & window with mountain view. Air con unit.



Your Villa will be prepared for you on arrival with fresh bath and hand towels, beds will be made up.  

Essentail Grocery Pack - on arrival you will find a few essentials to begin your holiday.

For stays of 7 nights or more - house towels  and bed linen will be changed every 3 - 4 days. The price is inclusive of a light midweek clean.


Pool towels are provided


Wifi  - free


Parking - There is space for parking next to the Villa.


EOT MHTE 1042K91002979901

Villa Zara, Crete Latest review - Villa Zara, Crete
"Translation: Everything was PERFECT !!! I will not forget the view so soon !!! Thanks!!!"
Anna R - Oct 2019
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Who at Freelance has visited or stayed at this villa

  • Diane - Greece Operations Director
  • Chris - Operations Director
  • Paul - Managing Director
  • CJ - Finance Director
  • Sylvia - Crete Operations Assistant
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Price is the total accommodation price.
Our price also includes:

24/7 Local Assistance
Free Pool Towels
Free Essentials Grocery Pack
Free Air-Con
Free Cot
Free Highchair
Free WiFi
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  • Balance Due 8 weeks before Check-In
  • If within 8 weeks, 100% required to confirm
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Villa Zara, Crete Latest review - Villa Zara, Crete
"Translation: Everything was PERFECT !!! I will not forget the view so soon !!! Thanks!!!"
Anna R - Oct 2019
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Beach 2 km, Almerida
Tavernas 1km
Mini Market 800
Car Hire Essential
Distances from Airport/Port
Chania 35km/55mins
Ferry Port Heraklion 128km/ 1hr 50mins
Ferry Port Kissamos 65kms/1 hour
Ferry Port Souda 20kms/30mins
Heraklion 129km/ 1hr 50mins
Location of Villa Zara
Almerida & Plaka, Crete

22 km east of Chania, Almerida, this pretty little seaside village has two gently shelving sandy beaches fringed by sleepy waterside tavernas as well as a small fishing harbour and little rocky coves, with the sea a marvellous melange of colours from deep aquamarine to a pastel turquoise, overlooked by the charming village of Plaka.

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Google Maps & Earth images Please note:
We try to get the map location of our Villas as accurate as possible, but sometimes it may not be possible to show the precise location. In addition, Google earth images are not live and may have been captured some months/years previous.
So please only use this map as a guide, please free to call us if you have any questions.

Floor plans
Not to scale, for general guidance only, if you have specific questions/concerns about the layout of the property then please call us on 01789 297705.

Anna R
"Translation: Everything was PERFECT !!! I will not forget the view so soon !!! Thanks!!!"
Anna R
"Es war alles PERFEKT!!! Die Aussicht werde ich so schnell nicht vergessen!!! Danke!!!"
Exceeded our expectations
"If you think those pics are beautiful just wait to see it in person! This house exceeded our expectations. Very clean, lots of helpful info from the host and excellent location. We very much enjoyed the nearby beach of Almyrida and other top rated destinations in the island. But even if you’re planning to stay in the house, that sunset from the pool was really worth the whole trip!"
Stephen G
Superb Villa
"Superb villa in a fantastic location. Excellent outside space."
Andrew P
The perfect place
"Villa Zara was the perfect place for us to relax for five great days on Crete! The villa was exactly as described and is as beautiful as shown in the photos. Conveniently located for all itineraries on the western half of the island, and perched perfectly on a hill for maximum unobstructed views of the sea and surrounding area, the villa comfortably accommodated our family of five. When we arrived the villa and and pool were sparkling clean thanks to meticulous attention from owners Rena and Tasso. Diane and the Freelance-Holidays Team are excellent hosts providing prompt responses to inquiries, helping with delayed luggage, and arraigning for taxis, but otherwise letting us enjoy the villa and surrounding area. You can easily walk into Plaka for a great meal and relaxing conversations with locals, but renting a car is the best way to explore beyond the immediate area -- although we could have easily spent our entire time relaxing at this amazing villa. The house book contains lots of helpful tips, restaurant suggestions, etc. so you should read it early during your stay. Thanks for hosting us Rena, Tasso, and Diane! We will be back!”"
Dias schöne Steinhaus
"Die Außenanlage, der Pool, die Aussicht, das schöne Steinhaus"
Beautiful stone house
"Translation: The grounds, the pool, the view, the beautiful stone house"
We absolutely loved this place!
"We absolutely loved this place! It looks even more beautiful than in the pictures. The outside area is huge and offers sun and shade at any time of the day. The sea view is spectacular and we especially enjoyed watching some stunning sunsets. The pool is very clean and has a perfect temperature. There are so many chill-out areas outside so there is bound to be a favourite spot for everyone. There was even a huge apricot tree with delicious fruits. The bedrooms are airy and light. We really loved our stay here and will definitely recommend it to our friends. Thank you very much."
Great Villa
"Great Villa and sea views especially the terrace where we spent most our time. It's fully equipped and close to Almyrida where we could buy everything we needed from local producers. Excellent communication with the team, I strongly recommend Villa Zara and Freelance Holidays"
The Perfect Villa !
"Villa Zara is perfectly set in a rural type area with fantastic mountain and water views! The outdoor furniture was comfortable and we enjoyed many meals on the patio. It was super clean and Freelance Holidays were great answering all of my questions in a timely manner! What a beautiful home, we would love to come back!!!"
Beautiful Villa with incredible sea views
"Villa Zara was even better than our expectations. This Villa is beautiful with incredible views. It is really a pleasure to spend time outdoors with the pool, the garden furniture, the barbecue and all the other equipment available. It was great to be able to enjoy this incredible setting from morning till night with the sunset over the mountains and the sea. Thanks again to the Freelance-Holidays Team for their messages, their documentation"
Villa est magnifique avec une vue incroyable
"La location était en complètement conforme à nos attentes. Cette Villa est magnifique avec une vue incroyable. C'est vraiment un plaisir de passer du temps à l'extérieur avec la piscine, le salon de jardin, le barbecue et tous les autres équipements à disposition. C'était génial de pouvoir profiter de ce cadre incroyable du matin jusqu'au soir avec le coucher de soleil sur les montagnes et la mer. Encore Merci à l'équipe de Freelance-Holidays Team pour leurs messages, leur documentation et leurs gentilles attentions."
Ulrike F
Top Ausstattung, toller Blick,
"Das Haus entsprach allen unseren Erwartungen. Top Ausstattung, toller Blick, ruhig, sauber und sehr geräumig. "
Ulrike's Group
Great facilities, great view,
"Translation: The house met all our expectations. Great facilities, great view, quiet, clean and very spacious"
Perfect Villa
"The villa was perfect, everything we needed was in the villa, especially in the kitchen. It has a great view from the pool, everything was very clean and well maintained, highly recommended"
Great family holiday
"Hi, thank you we had a great family holiday. The Villa is lovely and very well cared for. We loved the outdoor space and the view. Over the years we have rented a lot of very expensive Villas in Spain, Majorca, France etc and this was by far the best. It was refreshing to find that everything was as described including the air conditioning and the wifi!! Best wishes Emma"
"Very comfortable Villa with wonderful outside space and a spectacular sea view. The pool is beautiful, the garden is well maintained and the house is very well cared for and clean. The wifi is also very fast which pleased our children and the Villa is within walking distance of restaurants and a mini-market, which pleased the husband and I!"
Fotina & family
"We had the best time at Villa Zara!!!! Everything was well thought out... the pool and the view was spectacular.. was very impressed with how clean the villa was.. will definitely be back... Plaka is the best place to relax"
Sehr gut
"Sie können eine Unterkunft erwarten, die den Versprechungen und Bildern im Angebot vollkommen entsprechen"
The Easterlings
Great Villa and pool.
"Great Villa and pool. Beautiful views over Almerida. We loved the pool and outside area. Easy to find with the directions. Very classy all round. We had a great holiday. Would recommend the Samaria gorge walk even on a hot day. It’s fab"
Chris and Family
Throughly recommend this villa
"Villa Zara is a great villa, with amazing views, a superb pool and outside space, and a lovely interior. The quality of finish of the property is great, and overall we were very very happy with our stay. It’s great to be able to park inside the grounds behind an electric gate, and with the balcony, the outside space, and the three generous sized bedrooms this villa would easily house up to six people in comfort whilst being big enough to each have your own outside space. Two outside dining areas, a balcony shared by the two upstairs bedrooms, and a patio area for the downstairs bedroom, three bathrooms in total... amazed at the size of the place for the money. The kitchen is a bit small but perfectly functional, and with a great selection of restaurants within walking distance and more at the bottom of the hill a short drive away we didn’t eat-in more than once during our stay, I can’t see that anyone would be disappointed with the villa or with freelance holidays. The whole experience with freelance holiday was superb, with much better service than I expected through an AirBnB host. They were very communicative, arranged a hire car for us, and we even had a contact in Crete to ask advice / get help from if needed. The directions and information provided before arriving were spot-on, and the booklet left in the villa was very good at offering good places to visit and things to do. Crete itself is lovely, everyone we came across was friendly and helpful, and with the only bad point of the whole experience being that we did eventually have to leave at the end of our stay I throughly recommend this villa, freelance holidays and Crete"
Wonderful Villa
"We found the Villa to be wonderful for a party of 6. It is exactly as advertised, with large open outdoor spaces, and a great location in the hills close enough to Plaka for groceries and dinners. Kitchen was well appointed, all rooms have AC, and each bedroom has its own bathroom so was easy to get everyone ready for outings. Our favorite restaurant nearby was Luca's Italian restaurant on the outskirts of Plaka (same side as villa) - called Una Faccia una Razza. Food was really fantastic and Luca was passionate about his place. We Highly recommend Villa Zara and were sad to leave! Hope to get back."
Perfect Villa
"Villa Zara provided the perfect holiday home for our family as we explored the beauty, culture and cuisine of Crete. The house and property were in pristine condition and exactly how the looked in the pictures. We would highly recommend Villa Zara to anyone looking for a fantastic place to stay while on the island."
Perfect Villa
"Perfect Villa"
Boris G
A treat to stay at.
"Villa Zara was a treat to stay at. Wonderful villa, great pool, majestic surroundings and a great welcome present upon arrival: fresh mousaka! The service and communication was lightning fast, requests were followed up timely and correctly. We are very very pleased with the great service! Thank you so much for making our holiday fantastic"
Pascal et Famille
Excellente adresse
"Excellente adresse pour passer des vacances reposantes dans un cadre magnifique face à la mer et profiter pleinement de la piscine. La famille a été enchantée de ce séjou"
Fearghal B
very pleased with our villa
"Just to let you know, we were very pleased with our villa. We have been going on villa holidays for the last 11 years and this, our first time with Freelance, was one of the best, a really lovely villa with the best and cleanest pool we have ever had. I needed to contact Diane on a couple of occasions and she was so helpful, it is a big plus having her local presence, We would certainly consider booking with you again and would recommend you to our family and friends. "
Candida and family
Gorgeous View
"Lovely well equipped villa with a gorgeous view and the best villa service our family has ever used. Thank you"
2020 Car Hire in Crete
Group 01/01
to 11/05
to 06/07
to 08/09
to 05/10
to 31/12

 - Group B B

Hyundai I10, Fiat Panda 3dr (Air Cond)/similar - 4 seats


 - Group C C

Citroen C3, Nissan Micra 5dr (Air Cond)/similar - 5 seats


 - Group D D

Peugeot 208 5dr (Air Cond)/similar - 5 seats


 - Group E E

Peugeot 308, Nissan Note 5 dr (Air Cond)/similar - 5 seats


 - Group F F

Suzuki Jimny 4x4, Vitara 1300cc 2 dr (Soft Top)/similar - 4 seats 


 - Group G G

Minibus Fiat Doblo, Citroen Berlino(inc Roof Rack/Air Cond)/similar-7 seats


 - Group G2 G2

Minibus Fiat Scudo, Citroen Jumpy (Air Cond)/similar - 9 seats


 - Group H H

Automatic Citroen C3, Hyundai i20 5 door (Air Cond)/similar - 5 seats


 - Group H2 H2

Automatic Nissan Juke, Toyota Auris (Air Cond)/similar - 5 seats


 - Group I2 I2

Cabriolet. Peugeot 308 2dr (Air Cond)/similar - 4 seats


 - Group K K

 Automatic Jeep Renegade (SUV/Air Cond)/similar - 5 seats


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Flights to both Chania (CHQ) & Heraklion (HER) Airports

We don't book flights, we prefer to stick to what we love doing ( finding the best villas in the best places) below is  a rather good app showing flight routes, airlines, prices with links to the airlines to book.

** Top Tip **, if you avoid flying at the weekends or in different durations, 5,10 16 nights, flights are often a lot cheaper, and remember with Freelance you can arrive ANY DAY at our villas, good eh ...

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Alan Garner - IAG If you prefer to speak to someone, we have found Alan Garner at VHG  Flights (A fully ATOL bonded company ATOL5889) very helpful (mention our  name when booking), you can call Alan on 01444 225 618 during office hours.





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