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Traditional House for Sale in GreeceReference No : #05-2600
Location : Greece :: Crete :: Chania :: Municipality of Platanias
Category : Houses / Villas :: 150.000 - 250.000 Euros


Traditional House for Sale in Greece, a stunning traditional stone residence for sale benefiting from a generous plot of 1.200m with a façade of 40m to the road, and being just moments from the amenities of the village Omalos and the famous Samaria gorge away...
 
This traditional stone cottage of 70m, ideal residence for nature lover and being also suitable for business purposes - coming with an additional building permission for 330m.

The exclusive home for sale consists of a kitchen, sitting area with stone fireplace, one (1) bathroom, one (1) bedroom and an additional bedroom, called "onta".

Three built-in sofas combined with the wooden features boost the traditional character of the house.

The external area includes a barbeque area with a stone table, a storage room, and a water tank of 25m. The plot includes 16 apple trees, 2 pears, and 2 walnut trees.



Location

South of Chania, Omalos is situated on a plateau. There are numerous tavernas and hotels on the northern edge. The southern part of the plateau has access to the Samaria Gorge, with an information centre and two taverns. New  holiday accommodation is nearing completion at the junction of the track to Kalergi Hut.

The famous plateau of Omalos is surrounded by the high crowns of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) at 1.040 to 1.250m and is just 38km from the town of Chania. The plateau of Omalos is the physical border and "meeting" point among 3 from the 5 counties of the prefecture of Chania, namely Kydonia, Sfakia and Selino.

The plateau of Omalos was the shelter of the locals and the base of rebels during the two and a half centuries of the Turkish occupation, but also during all other wars against invaders. From the plateau and specifically from the location Xyloskalo at 1.250m height, there is the start of the path along the world famous Samaria gorge. In Xyloskalo there is a forest outpost and information centre (small museum) about Lefka Ori and Samaria

Opposite Xyloskalo rises with wild pride the rough mountain of Gigilos (Rotten). The peak of Gigilosis at 2.080m and in the ancient times it was believed to have been the location of the throne of the Crete-born god Zeus. West from Gigilos in the peaks of Agathopi (1.768 m) and Psilafi (1.984 m) it was believed that the god of gods (Zeus) was performing his harness racing. In the recent past, the peaks of Agathopi have hosted slalom ski races.

One of the most beautiful routes in Lefka Ori is the climbing of Gigilos, taking two and a half hours of walking. This route is quite easy. Half-way to Gigilos (one hour from Xyloskalo), there is the spring of Linoseli (Seli of the Hellenes) where the water at 1.500m high is ice-cold during all seasons of the year.


At ancient times there was a famous Oracle there. Just before that, there is the Demonospilio (cave of daemons), which according to a tradition was the den of daemons. In Gigilos there are many climbing routes that have been mapped out by Greek and foreign alpinists. More than 10 cave gulches tear rip down the surface of the mountain, the deepest of them with 115m vertical descent, found when climbing towards the peak.

Southeast of the plateau a mountain road 5km long, leads to the mountain lodge of Kallergi, at 1.680m height. From there the view of the Cretan and Libyan sea, of the Samaria gorge and the island of Gavdos is magnificent. From the lodge one can continue mountaineering across the Lefka Ori to Sfakia and elsewhere.

When climbing down the plateau, on the right hand there is the large cave-gulch Honos or the cave of Tzanis, where there was the den of the chieftain Tzanis Markos during the first years of the Turksih invasion. He was also called Fobos (fear), as he was actually the fear of the invaders. This cave was explored for the first time by speleologists from Chania and France. Its length reaches 2,5km, the height distance from the entrance to the depth is 241m and forms a huge covered gorge. At older times, in the plateau locals grew grain and potatoes and there were many shepherd huts and "mitata" (cheese-dairies) where the marvellous cheese of the area was produced. During the German occupation in the Second World War, a small airport was also operating in Omalos for a short time.

Opposite the entrance of the cave of Tzanis, on a small barrow, there is the Tower and the church of the famous chieftain and semi-god of Lefka Ori, Hadzimihalis Yiannaris. He was a rebel from the village of Lakki, born in 1851 and died in 1916. Hadzimihalis Yiannaris was buried honoured as a general, here in Omalos according to his own will, in his old "lairs". He was great in appearance and in soul and served as a general leader of the county of Kydonia in Chania from 1866 to 1898. Hadzimihalis Yiannaris was one of the pioneers in the uprisings of 1855 and 1856 and one of the major contributors of the great uprising of 1866-1869. He had been imprisoned many times by the Turks, but he always managed to escape. In such a hard and impossible escape from the fortress of Firkas in the town of Chania in 1860, he vowed on the success that he would build the small church of Agios Panteleimon here in Omalos next to the Tower that later became his grave. Hadzimihalis Yiannaris was for some period an exile in Odessa in Russia. In 1912 he became a member of the Parliament and member of the government of the Autonomous State of Crete. On 1st December 1915, he handed the flag the king of Greeks to be raised in the fortress of Firkas for the official union of the island of Crete with the rest of Greece.

The plateau also shows a different unique view in the winter, when it is often covered by snow, while all year lots of Greek and foreign visitors arrive here.

The gorge of Samaria is the longest in Europe with total length of 18km. The width of the gorge ranges from 150m at the widest point down to 3m at the narrowest. The gorge of Samaria has been proclaimed a national park in order to protect the rare flora and fauna. Walking along the gorge takes 6 to 8 hours and even though the path is down slope, visitors must have tough and convenient shoes and some physical strength.

The gorge begins at Xyloskalo, which taken by its Greek name, means a wooden stairs leading down to a faster descent. The path then follows a riverbed along a beautiful forest with tall trees and magnificent view. In the middle of the gorge, there is a deserted village called "Samaria". There, a byzantine church of the 14th century is found, devoted to Sacred Mary of Egypt. She gave the name in the area, since the word "Samaria" is a syneresis of the Greek phrase "Osia Maria" (Sacred Mary). The church has some interesting wall paintings and it can be reached in the south part of the village from a path that begins at the helipad.

One of the most beautiful parts of the route is the "Sideroportes" (iron gates), where the two sides of the gorge have a distance of 3m in between and a height of 600m. At the exit of the gorge there is the village of Agia Roumeli. You can spend the night there or take a boat to the villages of Loutro, Hora Sfakion, Sougia or Paleohora. From Hora Sfakion, Sougia and Paleohora you can take the bus back to Chania.

E4 Path - The European long-distance path E4, begins at the Pyr Mountains, crosses the Alps and through Yugoslavia reaches Florina where the Greek part of the path begins. From Florina, the E4 path continues across continental Greece, reaches Gytheio in Peloponesos and from there virtually reaches Kastelli in Crete. From Kastelli it begins and crosses along the whole island of Crete, reaching Zakros in the east where it ends. E4 path gives walkers the opportunity to know the unknown Cretan nature, since it meets with old paths, settlements, monasteries and of course the high mountains of Crete.

Four of the subparts of E4 begin at Omalos and offer routes of impressive natural beauty.

OMALOS - KOUSTOGERAKO - SOUGIA
TOTAL LENGTH: 24,5km
HOURS: 8
SUGGESTED PERIOD: Spring to autumn
ROUTE DIFFICULTY: No special difficulties

OMALOS - SOUGIA - AGIA IRINI GORGE
TOTAL LENGTH: 15km
HOURS: 7,5
SUGGESTED PERIOD: May to September
ROUTE DIFFICULTY: Crossing the gorge is a little tiresome

OMALOS - AGIA ROUMELI
TOTAL LENGTH: 18km
HOURS: 6,5
SUGGESTED PERIOD: Mandatory from May to October
ROUTE DIFFICULTY: Relatively easy shaped route

OMALOS - KALLERGI - KATSIVELI
TOTAL LENGTH: 15km
HOURS: 7
SUGGESTED PERIOD: End of spring until autumn beginning
ROUTE DIFFICULTY: No special technical difficulties but tiresome route in the summer
ATTENTION: It requires increased quantity of water to carry with



Why Greece?

Price (Euros) 150000
Previous Price (Euros) 220000
Build area (m) 70+
Land area (m) 1200
Mountain View yes
Garden yes
Trees yes
Number of bedrooms 2
Fire place yes
Baths 1
Electricity yes
Water yes
Distance to airport, km 54
Town Distance, km 39 (Chania)
Other Distance 3 (Samaria Gorge)
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