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For lovers of nature and the authentic Cretan holiday, there are two wonderful, newly restored and refurbished accommodations available, in the oldest village in the area CHOUMERIAKO, only 10 km from the beautiful port of Agios Nikolaos and the beautiful beaches! To the airport Heraklion is about 45 minutes. by car. The larger neighboring village “Neapoli” is only 3 km away.
CHOUMERIAKO is located in an ideal mountain location, which is located in the northeast of the island. Thus, any place can be reached very quickly by car!
A characteristic mountain village with beautiful streets, many churches and traditional houses, all built on the hill. Also, the view is heavenly! You will see in the distance olive fields and all the surrounding villages of the area.
There are 17 historic churches in the village dating back to the 11th century! Addition attractions include an impressive Venetian portal, known as “Romana Portella”, next to the large church of the village of St. Nicholas. Also, the house was originally built in the Byzantine period and later inhabited by the Turkish governor (Pasha) of the area.
The historic, beautiful and one of the oldest village, Choumeriakos.
It lies a few kilometers southeast of the town Neapolis, and close to Limnes. You can go easily everywhere with the car. Houmeriakos was once the capital and administrative center of the region (under the Turkish domination), but after the independence in 1912, Neapolis was chosen. After the Second World War Agios Nikolaos was elected to be the adminstrative center. In Houmeriakos there are a few nice churches, like the Profitis Ilias church situated above the village.
You can also see the ruins of the former residence of the Turkish governor (they now want to restore it back in its original state). There are a few squares where there are more churches and there are a number of shops, taverns and kafenions. Still the village makes a very quiet impression, without too much traffic and noise of people. Only on the squares the people seem to get together to talk and drink a cup of coffee. There is a nice tavern in the village “to kipoulo tou kaliou“.
At the beginning of the village of Houmeriakos you see the big yellow church “Agios Nikolaos“ with its dome and towers, framed by tall cypress trees. Here and there the paint is peeled off. Going through the streets nest to the church you will see a monument that is completely surrounded by a blackberry bush. There is also a miniature church. The streets have the dilapidated houses next to the completely refurbished. In many places there are pots with flowers and some happy singing birds in cages that were hung in front of a house. There are many churches in this village and an ancient source.
Church, the Panagia Koumpelidiki
If you walk and follow the sign that you see on the side of the road (see photo below – white sign with a red arrow) you get to a nice old church, the Panagia Koumpelidiki (Our Lady of the domes) which dates from the 11th century. The church of the Virgin “Panagia Koumpelina“ is a Byzantine monument located on the outskirts of the village Houmeriako. It is dedicated to the assumption of the Virgin Mary. It is the only surviving example in the east of Crete a „cross-in-a-square“ dome church.
Most of the church dates from the late 11th and early 12th century. During the Venetian occupation another piece was added on the west side. The church was still being restored in 2010. Remarkable architectural and decorative elements of the church are the dome, the saw-toothed strip under the roof tiles and the ornamentation above the door. Once the church was probably completely covered with frescoes, but unfortunately there is nothing left of this. You will find 17 churches in the village.
Access to the following places by car:
- Heraklion airport: 45min
- Malia: 20 min / Sisi 20 min / Hersonissos 30 min
- Agios Nikolaos: 10 minutes / Elounda: 30 minutes
- Ierapetra: approx. 60 min
- Sitia: 1h: 30min / Chania: 1h: 55min / Rethymnon: 1h: 55min.
The Rock House – The unice Rock-House:
Built in the beginning of the 20th century, this traditional family home was completely restored and refurbished in 2016, with attention to detail. The 2-storey house, which has retained its original stone façade, is 50m² in size.
The characteristic and unicate feature of this house is the visible ROCK that covers the whole back wall of the house. Theoretically, the house was built on the ancient rock! A unique living feeling!