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- Beachfront location
- Authentic Crete
- Short walk to tavernas
- Close to Palekastro
Crete is often cited as the best of all the Greek islands for a beach holiday, and whilst there are quite a few contenders for that accolade, we think that these wonderful new contemporary villas are an unbeatable choice for any beach-loving couple.
Muses Beach Villas are four, independent, one-bedroom villas on the edge of sandy Kouremenos beach: Thalia, Cleo, Urania and Erato, the last villa back from the beach. Generously sized for two, each offers immaculate interiors and is well equipped with everything you could need. Think of it as beach life with all the comforts of home thrown in. The plot is also substantial for just four villas, allowing space for private pools, individual patios and a good glimpse of the sea from each. Privacy matters too of course, so the houses are staggered to ensure as much seclusion as possible and if you really want to get away from it all, take a wander along Kouremenos beach, which is rarely crowded, even in high of season.
We first offered holidays in this part of Crete back in the 1980s and returning recently, we were a little nervous about how it might have changed. Thankfully, the beaches, villages and traditional town of Palekastro remain reassuringly unspoilt and we were welcomed by old acquaintances with the unfailing hospitality that so typifies this wonderful island.
There are several charming tavernas within walking distance of Erato, where you can indulge in traditional cuisine and local Sitia wine, so if you’ve come in search of a solar recharge and some shoe-free downtime, this is the ideal spot. But if you’ve a passion for exploring, the rugged drama of the eastern Crete mountains and coastline is incredibly rewarding.
Muses Beach Villas
- A cluster of four one-bedroom villas on Kouremenos Beach
- Erato is the last villa from the beach
- Villas are staggered to retain as much privacy from each other as possible
- The villas share a driveway entrance, but benefit from private swimming pools, gardens and terraces
- 1 bedroom single story villa (sleeps 2)
- Open plan living/dining/kitchen area with Satellite TV; sliding doors to patio
- Fully equipped kitchen includes full cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer and dishwasher
- Double bedroom (150cm x 200cm bed); sliding doors to patio
- Shower room
- Air-conditioned throughout
- Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, bath and pool towels provided
- Washing machine
- Barbecue and spacious shaded terrace
- Swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.5m), walk-in steps
- Parking space
- A torch is recommended when walking back from local tavernas in the evening
- Nearest taverna offers delivery service at no extra charge
- Masseuse available for villa visits (payable locally)
- All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*
* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
National tourist licence (EOT): 1040K91003261001
- Kouremenos Beach 1min walk
- Taverna 3min walk
- Chiona Beach and tavernas 10min walk
- Palekastro shops/tavernas 8min drive
- Vai 20min drive
- Sitia 25min drive
- Heraklion airport 2hr 20min drive
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:
- 2 guests – 1 Group C, Fiat Grande Punto or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.
Group C – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group D – Hyundai i30 or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
Group DA – Automatic Hyundai Accent Verna or similar, 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases*
Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group L1 – Hyundai Tuscon 4x4 Hard Top or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
Having spent a week at Apothikes, we then were even more spoilt by having two more wonderful weeks in Erato. The weather has been a complete bonus with only a few windy days but otherwise wall to wall sunshine. We have done all the things you do and seen wonderful views and taken in the rural Cretan atmosphere and smells – just love it! We have had excellent food in Hiona, Elia, Retro but our absolute favourite bas been the caravan in the fishing harbour at the end of the beach. Amazing barbecued food and all the locals arriving for a good time – it’s buzzing every night. Thank you to Maria, Constantina, Manoli, Manos and Mari for making our stay in this wonderful place so enjoyable.
Claire & Tim – October 2019
What a great find, Erato exceeded our expectations. The nicest place we have ever stayed in. Manos and Maria were delightful owners. Thank you for the figs, grapes and raki. A peaceful and relaxing holiday. Wonderful restaurants, our favourite was Elia taverna in Agkathia. Thank you Simpson for a memorable holiday.
Margaret & Chris – September 2019
What a lovely holiday! From start to finish, just amazing Erato, so comfortable. A welcome tray of goodies and some homemade biscuits – so kind waking up to a little plate of figs – again, thank you. It’s definitely been a holiday to remember and one that we hope to repeat.
Claire & Les – August 2019
We first visited the area when staying with Simpson at Apothikes Suites on the south coast. We had such a magical lunch at Xiana that we decided to come back and stay at Muses. This place is wonderful – just like Crete of the old days. The people are smiling and welcoming, the food and wine delicious and with just the sound of cicadas. Erato is very comfortable and well-equipped with the choice of pool or sea – what a lovely choice to have! We loved eating lunch or dinner at Xiana, at Rizo with amazing views and in nearby Agkathia, try Elia for authentic Cretan food – no menu, choose from the selection in the kitchen and be amazed at the value! Thank you Simpson Travel and of course the lovely Marian for another memorable holiday.
Helen & Alistair – July 2019
We have enjoyed our stay in Erato. Many thanks to Marian and the team for their attention to making our time relaxed. Retro was thoroughly enjoyable and well worth a visit. We also ate at the fabulous canteen at the harbour as well as the family run taverna nearby and up the hill.
Jay & Franny – July 2019
What a wonderful time we have had in Erato. We loved experiencing real Greece in the eastern part of Crete. Simpson Travel was great throughout. Thank you to Konstantina and Marian.
Shirley & Tim – June 2019
All the people we came in contact with were very friendly and helpful, the owner was a star, even down to having us all round to a last night Greek barbeque, and was very helpful and informative. We would definitely recommend Muses Beach Villas and Simpson Travel and may even try and come back next year.
Christine – September 2018
Our holiday met our hopes and expectations perfectly; Muses Beach Villas – Erato was excellent and the location was quiet but within walking distance of a nice beach and only a short drive from a sizeable town which offered a great collection of good restaurants. Warm and pleasant greetings from the Simpson Travel staff at the airport on arrival and at our villa just added nicely to the overall experience.
Malcolm – September 2018
Erato is a beautifully appointed villa, immaculately maintained with a good-size private pool and garden. The villas have a secluded setting adjacent to the beach. It is in quite a quiet, remote area although there are some fantastic beaches within a short drive. Highly recommended!
Mr Quentin – July 2018
If you want time out to chill, relax, recharge your batteries and do absolutely nothing but enjoy peace and quiet then Muses Beach Villas is the place to go and have a wonderful time.
Mrs Tann – May 2018
This is our first time in Crete and the first time with Simpson Travel. We are very pleased with our experience. Everyone here is friendly and helpful, particularly to the British. Evie is smart, efficient, charming and all her information is perfectly clear. The owner met us to introduce himself and his fig trees – the figs are delicious! For sun, sand and sea, it would be very hard to beat this area for the fine, clean, soft sand, the crystal clear, calm and warm sea. We don't usually go to the same place twice, for fear of missing something elsewhere, but I am sure we will be back here – it's beautiful.
David & Angela – September 2017
We had a wonderful stay! The beach bar was lovely for relaxing! Zakros Gorge was beautiful. Thank you for all your help Evie!
Vicky & Magnus – August 2017
We have loved our stay at Erato and have had a really wonderful, relaxing stay here. Given the choice we would not want to go home. We mainly enjoyed staying around swimming in the lovely pool. Very great thanks to Kostas for the wonderful figs, to Konstantina for looking after the villa, to Evie for the invaluable advice and to Manolis and Maria for bringing even more fresh figs.
John & Clementine – August 2017
We came here from Vamos –Evie's warm greeting welcomed us to Eastern Crete after our equally lovely stay at Arosmari – our first experience of Simpson Travel. We were not disappointed. All in all it has been a wonderful time, with so much to see and do. The wind was mild whilst still warm! Thank you to Evie and Kostas for looking after us. We would love to return!
Peter & Helen – July 2017
We have stayed in Simpson Travel villas for many years on various Greek islands. We chose this villa as it is in an area of Crete that we had not been to before and have definitely enjoyed ourselves. Evie has looked after us well. We enjoyed our walk down the Gorge of the Dead. The beach at Xerokampos was our best with a sandy beach, swimming and snorkelling and not very crowded. The drive to Ierapetra presents some fantastic mountain views. Really friendly people everywhere and wild natural scenery.
John & Trish – June 2017
This has been a holiday of firsts for us...and Simpson Travel did not let us down. Amazing location, what a great village too, we already feel part of the community!
Michael & Zoe – May 2017
Simpson Travel impressed both of us on our first-ever holiday together and we booked with you for the first time. As tour operators go, you definitely know what you're doing and how to ensure your customers enjoy that precious time. We most certainly did and I will be booking another holiday with you! Thanks.
Mr Vanheste – May 2017
Our choice of Greek properties is as diverse as the islands themselves, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.
* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.
A destination where tourism is not the local raison d’être, this is a place to relax unreservedly into a life by the sea. The landscape is rugged – mountains, gorges and rocky hillsides scattered with tiny villages and ancient ruins – but some of Crete’s finest beaches belong here too. Among them are spectacular Xerokambos and palm-fringed Vai, whilst Palekastro is one of Europe’s favourite windsurfing spots. And there are plenty of excellent waterfront tavernas where the passing of time is best marked by the waves rolling in nearby.
To base yourself in this idyllic destination, visit our collection of handpicked villas in and around Palekastro and the far east of Crete.
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