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  • Short walk to best beach in Crete
  • Set in unspoilt Xerokambos
  • Beautiful views
  • Short drive to tavernas

On cold, grey, rainy days, this is the holiday daydream to see you through. The softest white sand and turquoise seas of Crete’s most spectacular beaches make Xerokambos the place we’d choose to escape to. With all the magic of the Caribbean tantalisingly close to home, it’s an idyllic ‘off the beaten track’ destination with shops and tavernas just a few minutes’ drive away.

Villa Almyra is set discretely into a hillside, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. In harmony with the natural environment, it’s charmingly simple, inside and out: comfortable accommodation that offers the best possible welcome after a day of sun, sea and exploring. The terrace is stylishly furnished for relaxed lounging and dining and the sparkling infinity pool is the perfect vantage point for appreciating your idyllic surroundings as you enjoy a cooling dip. Villa Kambos, its identical twin, sits above, and for two families or couples travelling together, these villas complement each other perfectly. Choose Almyra, however, and you’ll also have the advantage of a shorter walk up the hill!

Following the gentle curve of Crete’s southeast coastline, each of the Xerokambos beaches has its own unique personality. Just six minutes away two are well organised and, combined with the calm, shallow waters and a couple of tavernas ideally located for a relaxing lunch, makes them ideal if you’re holidaying with little ones. The rest have been left as nature intended – and each is a work of art. Argilos beach in particular deserves a visit for the natural clay that you can use as a skin-softening body mask – and photo opportunity!

Take the winding road upwards, out of Xerokambos, for an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of the coast and, if you’re fond of exploring, diminutive Kato Zakros is just a 25-minute drive away. As well as Minoan ruins, and the Gorge of the Dead at the end of the E4 walking trail, there’s Pelekita Cave, a vast cavern of stalagmites and crystals. Or for a livelier experience, visit famous Vai Beach, the ‘taste of paradise’ featured in the Bounty commercial. Less than an hour’s drive away, it’s surrounded by Europe’s only palm forest and has all the facilities you could wish for.

Looking for 10 nights..? Why not add a 3-night stay in a boutique hotel to your villa holiday. To find out more, view our 10-night holidays in Greece.

Good to know... It goes without saying that the road less travelled sometimes takes a little longer. Villa Kambos is a two-hour-45-minutes drive from Heraklion. However, if you fancy a night or two in Athens on route, you can fly to Sitia and the villa is just an hour's drive away. For more information, please visit our Short Stays in Athens page.



  • 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)

Ground floor

  • Living/dining area with TV (English-speaking news channels)
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine

Upper ground Floor

  • 3 steps up
  • Double bedroom (160cm x 200cm bed)
  • Twin bedroom (90cm x 200cm beds)
  • Bathroom


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned throughout
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Barbecue
  • Outside shaded dining area
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 0.60 – 1.5m)
  • Situated on a slope overlooking the beach and sea


  • 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): 1040Κ91002887301


  • Xerokambos beach 6min walk
  • Mini-market 12min walk
  • Taverna 30min walk
  • Kato Zakros 25min drive
  • Ziros 30min drive
  • Makrigialos 60min drive
  • Sitia 60min drive
  • Heraklion Airport (via Ierapetra) 2hr 45min

Car hire

Car options 

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday: 

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group C, Fiat Grande Punto or similar* 
  • 4 guests – 1 Group D, Hyundai i30 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.

Car specification 

Group C – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large and 1 small suitcase* 

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases* 

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details. 

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 – Skoda Yeti 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.


Customer feedback

Exactly what we were looking for quiet location and easy and quick access to the beach.
Tom – October 2019

A very relaxing and enjoyable two weeks in a beautiful location and with a stunning view. Well worth walking down to the sandy beach. Taverna Akrogiala is lovely and Nikos was very friendly. Also, Kostas in the main town has a nice outdoor terrace and tasty food. Our thanks to Marian who was so helpful and supportive regarding our luggage and to Hara who looked after the villa beautifully while we were there. Overall another great Simpson holiday and we hope to come back.
The Beeby family – September 2019

A beautiful villa in a stunning location. We had a lovely and relaxing holiday, especially thanks to the Simpson team who had thought of everything and more. Highly recommend Simpson and the villa.
Mary B – September 2019

A fantastic week of relaxation, eating, drinking, swimming in the pool and the beautiful bay. Don’t bother driving anywhere – it’s all there. There is a taverna on the beach road called Akrogiala with a good choice of food for everyone from old to young and a very friendly owner called Nikos – highly recommended.
Simpson Travellers – August 2019

We had such a lovely holiday. Amazing views, beautiful clean pool and wonderful visits to the numerous idyllic beaches. Crystal clear water and very few people. We will definitely be back! A visit to Kato Zakros palace is highly recommends if you like ruins and turtles!
The Burgin family – August 2019

We had such a lovely holiday. Amazing views, beautiful clean pool and wonderful visits to the numerous idyllic beaches.
The Burgin family – August 2019



We very rarely go on package holidays but this was an excellent experience. Particularly impressive was the relationship with the local car hire – ten minutes after baggage reclaim we were on our way, as opposed to the usual rental desk crush. The same went for the car return – they were waiting for us. The villa was superlatively situated, with a wonderful view and not overly overlooked. The rep was charming and quickly understood what we wanted. There is very little to do in Xerocambos except relax into the beauty of the place and find friendly tavernas and she pointed us the right way. The villa was great and the air-con did stalwart service.
DJ – August 2019

Villa Almyra was perfect for our family holiday. Clean, comfortable accommodation with an amazing infinity pool overlooking the most gorgeous bay with white sand and turquoise water.
Mrs Heyes – August 2019

Marian was as lovely as we remembered her from last year. When we had an issue she came back to us within minutes and sorted it. Hara, the cleaner, was very competent, friendly and did an amazing job looking after the villa. The Simpson representative at the airport was lovely and helped us with concerns we had with our seating on BA which we really appreciated.
Simpson Traveller – July 2019

Stunning views, total relaxation and we thoroughly recommend this part of Crete.
The Johnson family – July 2019

Fabulous relaxing week. Amazing views, comfortable villa.
The Williams family – July 2019

Fantastic week. Views amazing. Villa faultless.
The Johnson family – June 2019


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.

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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.

Read more on our Crete region page

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