Travel Arrangements

WIth the expansion of low-cost airlines it is now possible to fly to Crete from all over Europe cheaper and easier than ever before. The nearest airport to Gavalohori is Chania (Souda - CHQ) which is about 45 minutes drive away and receives charter flights from the UK, mostly on Tuesday, in the summer season and on other days with RyanAir.

Iraklion (or "Heraklion" - HER) airport is less than 2 hours drive away, and gets UK charters on a variety of days in season. Both also serve other European routes.

Either of these airports can also be reached every week of the year by travelling via Athens (ATH) - which is neither as expensive nor as awkward as you might think.

You can travel to Athens via BA, EasyJet or Aegean Airways (direct from Heathrow) or on other carriers using European hubs, and then transfer to Crete using Olympic, Aegean Airways or RyanAir or even overnight on the ferry from Piraeus (outside Athens) to Souda.

Do contact us to discuss. We provide comprehensive details on how to get from each of the island's airports to Villa Mia

Here are some links to various travel companies and useful travel websites:

British Airways - direct scheduled flights to Athens.
Olympic Air - scheduled services to Chania via Athens
Aegean Airlines - scheduled services to Chania and Iraklion via Athens
Monarch airlines - charter flights from the UK
EasyJet - low-cost flights from Gatwick & Manchester to Athens year-round and to Iraklion and Chania in season
Ryan Air - low-cost flights from East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Stansted, Bristol, Glasgow and now Manchester to Chania in season - low-cost flights from 4 UK airports to Iraklion in season
Autoclub - local car hire to meet you at your choice of airport (or ferry)


Car Hire - do I need it?

Car hire is not essential to staying at the villa, as there is the pool in which to swim, and shops, bars and tavernas within easy walking distance, but there is no doubt that having the freedom that a car will give you will make your holiday more enjoyable.

So, we recommend that you enhance your mobility during all, or part, of your stay by hiring a car. This can meet you at the airport and be dropped off there at the end of your holiday, or can be picked up in nearby Almerida or Kalives, as you choose. We have always enjoyed the friendly service, competitive prices and excellent standard of cars offered by Kostas and his team at Autoclub. This company offers a 20% discount for online reservation and no hidden extras. Mention our recommendation.

A brand new Opel Corsa hired from Autoclub, sat on our drive.