A lovely small hotel in nature, COUNTRY HOTEL VELANI
Avdou, Heraklion, Crete
Guest house Small Traditional hotel
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.
Guest Inn Opinion
A beautiful destination for lovers of nature and tranquility and for those passionate about equestrian sports that can enjoy a beautiful family atmosphere, delicious homemade dishes and discover this area of Crete.
Map & Access
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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To see / To do
From the hotel:
- The hotel has its own professional equestrian center on site "the The Odysseia Stables".
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. 20 beautiful horses and well trained guides take you on horse riding treks in the surrounding nature. Trails, day rides, and 2 hour hacks for riders of different levels are daily organized. Young children or new riders can join the horse riding lesson inside the arena.
Hiking and mountain bike: 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.
Home Cooking lessons with chef Manolis for small groups
Bird watching at the Aposelemis lake (without guide) and spot the griffin vultures right from the hotel terrace
Free use of the meditation and yoga platform under the ancient old Kermes Oaks. Professional Manduka yoga mats are available at a charge, complete with blocks and blanket.
Join the different Yoga session by a professional and experienced trainer, only available during the organized yoga weeks in the summer months
Defferent kind of relaxing massages with reservation and an extra charge
Jacuzzi with hydro-massage rental for a romantic evening with your partner (private use)
Paragliding for experienced pilots who have their own equipment and license
In the area:
Visit of the Panaghia Kera Monastery
The Lasithi plateau at 900 meters height
The closest beach is Anissara, 16 km away.
A 18 hole golf course is located at 9 km
Professional tennis court at 18 km
Water sports near the coast at 16 km