Villa Amalia stands on the hillside between the hilltop village of Aptera and Souda Bay, just 15 km from the city of Chania and approximately 150 km from the city of Heraklion.
Below you can find directions of how to find us if you arrive at any of the two main airports of the island. The map is interactive and we've noted the routes with as much detail as we could. The markers show the location of Villa Amalia and the corresponding airports and harbours of each route.
On leaving the airport, pass the Shell gas station on your right and take the first left (sign posted "Chania"). Follow the road to the end (approx. 2,5 km) and at the roundabout, turn right.
Keep straight on this road, past the villages of Aroni and Pithari till you hit the roundabout. Carefully take the left, sign posted "Souda" and "Rethymnon" (the right leads to Chania).
Follow this road all the way downhill. At the bottom, go straight until the first set of traffic lights (SYN.KA supermarket on your right). Τurn right, drive approx. 300m and then turn left, following the green sign "To Rethymnon". This road, after 500m leads to the highway (Greeks call it "National Road").
Keep the left lane, go under the highway bridge and exit left onto the highway. Drive towards Rethymnon for approximately 6km and you will see the "Aptera" and "Stylos" sign on your right. Continue straight on the highway for another 500m until you see on your right hand side a small white, memorial.
Immediately exit the highway right, on the paved, steep, uphill road (PTOLIOIKOU St.). After 500m, you will see 2 identical villas. Pass the first villa and turn left to find the gate for villa Amalia. Parking is in front of its main entrance. The key will be on the front door.
Upon leaving Heraklion airport, follow the road with the terminal building behind you and exit this road following the signs to Heraklion (the sliproad on the right before the bridge). This will lead you onto the highway.
After 3-4 km you will come to a set of traffic lights. Go straight over these and continue along the highway, for almost 2 hours in the direction of Souda Bay and Chania.
Approximately 45km past Rethymnon, as you approach Souda Bay, and 2km beyond the sign/exit for Kalami / Kalyves there is a sign/exit for Aptera and Stylos where you should exit the highway, by turning left. The turnoff for the villa is actually 500m before this exit, but it is too dangerous to turn left into it as you are on the wrong side of the highway. Once you have turned left into the Aptera/Stylios exit you need to turn around so you can take the highway back 500m until you see on your right hand side a small memorial.
Exit the highway on the paved, steep, uphill road (PTOLIOIKOU St.). After 500m you will see 2 identical villas.
Pass the upper villa, turn left for 20m and you will find the gate for villa Amalia which is the lower of the two. Parking is in front of its main entrance. The key will be on the front door.