On the way to Lasithi, 45 km from Heraklion, the Velani guesthouse is situated in a magnificent panorama of forests and olive groves, across from the Dikti Mountain. In this paradise-like area of Crete, horse riding plays an important role and itʼs one of most welcoming areas that you will come across.
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From Heraklion: (45 km, 1 hour approx.) Follow the National Road Heraklion-Agios Nikolaos, exit towards Lasithi Plateau, then drive towards the villages of Potamies and Avdou Arriving in Avdou, turn right to enter the village, cross it following the central road and continue to the dirt road for about 2 km. The Velani Guest house is located at the end of this road and there are signs to lead you.
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Classic Double Room | Terrace (×2 )
Panorama Wellness Suite | Sauna & Spa Bath | Balcony (×4 )
Panorama Family Suite | One-Bedroom | Balcony (×2 )
Deluxe Double Suite | Duo Spa Bath | Private Garden (×1 )
Superior Wellness Suite | Sauna & Spa Bath | Private Garden (×1 )
Superior Family Suite | Two Bedrooms | Terrace (×1 )
The owners, Sabine and Manolis, are both horseback riding instructors with many qualifications and they own one of the best horse riding schools in Greece. Sabine has been a world champion in horse acrobatics. They both have a way to share their passion about horses with you.
In their estate, there is a horse breeding house and barns with sixteen beautiful horses as well as an instruction site. In the summer, they organize horse riding sessions for experienced riders and lessons for all levels. There are details on courses and fees in the guesthouse where you can reserve (for instance, a 2 hours ride cost 40 euros per person, a day ride cost 70 euros per person, a horse riding class 25 euros per person etc).
Manolis is perfectly acquainted with his area and knows all trekking paths. He will provide you with all the necessary details and maps so that you discover the most interesting paths.
Among other things, there are opportunities to do paragliding, play golf (the golf course has par 18 holes in 7 km), and have a tour guide for bird watching. Donʼt miss the opportunity to visit the Panaghia Keras Monastery that is located at the Lasithi plain at 900 meters height. The closest beach is Anissara, 16 km away.