Facing east towards Rethymnon, Villa Antheia enjoys uninterrupted sea views from the pool and all of the terraces and balconies at the villa.The peaceful atmosphere is due to the villa's location, in an unspoilt rural spot just outside the traditional village of Kefalas where a few new villas have been built in the last few years. The charming family friendly village, which is just 15 minutes walk or 2 minutes drive, has shops for your daily requirements and tavernas serving traditional Greek dishes.
The villa itself is built in light honey coloured stone and all the doors and windows are fitted with wooden shutters. The traditional wooden ceilings on the ground floor have electric fans to keep you cool and upstairs, the bedrooms are air-conditioned.
There is a cool comfortable lounge area, with two sofas, a coffee table and other occasional furniture. There is a TV and CD/DVD player provided for your enjoyment as well as a small library of books. A selection of DVD's and CD's are supplied and of course you can bring your favourites with you. A stone archway leads off into the spacious kitchen which is fully and comprehensively equipped (see amenities list). Here you will also find the dining area with table, chairs and a wooden dresser.
One of the two bath/shower rooms is on the ground floor.
The second bath/shower room is on the first floor where you will find the washing machine. The two air conditioned bedrooms are both on the first floor. The first is a double room with wardrobe, bedside tables and a chest of drawers. The second bedroom is a twin and has the same storage facilities. Both bedrooms open up onto the top terrace where you can see the evening lights come on across the bay in Rethymnon. This is a lovely private place to sit and relax with a cool drink, gazing out over the sea and surrounding hills and looking out for buzzards which can often be seen in this part of Crete.
The ground floor covered terrace provides shade from the sun. It is well furnished with chairs and a sofa, perfect for chilling out with views across the large private pool to the sea beyond. The spacious poolside terraces are equipped with sunloungers and umbrellas. Another perfect place to relax, as there is little to disturb you apart from the occasional sound of goats bells.
Next to the pool is a large pergola with an outdoor table and chairs for dining al fresco. The BBQ is nearby inviting you to cook the wonderful fresh food that is widely available. During the day the bamboo cover over the pergola will shield you from the sun as you gaze out over the sea while the extensive sun bathing areas are never far away. At night, the sky is awash with stars that seem to be within touching distance.
The external areas of this villa are delightful due in no small way to the owner’s love of gardening and plants. No expense has been spared in landscaping the plot to a high standard and work on the garden is a continuing project.
From this location the National Road is never far away making exploration to other parts of this lovely island within easy reach. The sandy beaches of Almyrida and Georgioupolis are lovely for children and are a mere 15 minute drive away.
The internet is delivered via a satellite connection which also delivers a TV service and the telephone. Connection allows you to email and browse the internet, including facebook and for this there is no charge. It is not designed to allow video or film streaming. Any guests downloading large amounts of data will be charged accordingly.
Holiday Rental Licence
Villa Antheia is licensed for holiday rentals with the Greek Tourist Authorities (EOT). Licence number AMA 00000135388.
- Villa size - 80m2
- Plot size - 2000m2
- Gated plot
- Air conditioning (all bedrooms)
- Ceiling fans (lounge area)
- Safety deposit box
- Internet access via mobile wifi unit
- Cot on request
- High chair on request
- Sofa bed on request - extra charge (see prices tab)
- All bed/bath linen except cot linen
- Beach/pool towels
- Maid service and linen change (see prices tab)
- Welcome pack on arrival
Bedrooms & Bath/Shower Rooms
1 x double & 1 x twin bedrooms. 2 x bath/shower rooms as follows:-
- 1 x double on the first floor
- 1 x twin on the first floor
- 1 x shower room on the first floor
- 1 x shower room on the ground floor
Living Areas & Kitchen Equipment
- Full cooker
- 4 ring hob
- Coffee maker - filter type
- Washing machine
- Iron & ironing board
- TV with satellite reception (not Sky)
- DVD player/CD player/radio
- Selection of games, books, cd's and dvd's
- Private pool - 40m2 (10m x 4m external). Depth - 1.2m
- Sun loungers, parasols + outdoor tables & chairs
- 2 x rocking chairs
Chania airport - 45 minutes. Heraklion airport - 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Nearest Taverna - Kefalas - 15 mins walk
Nearest Shop - Kefalas - 15 mins walk
NB; all times are approximate and based on average driving and walking speeds.
10% of total rent
Prices quoted are in gbp sterling per week for up to 4 people occupying the villa and are not per person. The villa can sleep up to 5 with 1 person using the sofa bed available; the sofa bed is charged at the rate of £7 per night.
Alternative length of stays of more than 7 nights are accepted and are charged pro rata.
Prices include air- conditioning, a welcome pack and all linen including beach and pool towels***, maid service and linen change.
Maid service and linen change - 1 week stays - none. 2 week stays - every 4 or 5 days. ***NB - the beach/pool towels are not laundered as part of the linen change.
There are NO hidden extras.
Options & Extras
- Sofa Bed: £7.00 per night
- Cot: £0.00 per booking
- High Chair: £0.00 per booking
Low Occupancy Discounts
A low occupancy discount for a single couple (use of 1 bedroom), of 10%, is available at this villa except for July and August dates.
Not allowed on late availability or special offer prices.
If you are a returning client and this is your 3rd (or more) consecutive booking with Crete Escapes or your 2nd separate booking in one season, you will qualify for our loyalty discount. Please quote voucher code LOYALTY05 when asked to do so during the online booking process or let us know when you contact us. Your reduction of 5% will then be deducted from the total price.
Short breaks are normally only available for a minimum of 5 nights and will be charged at the 7 nightly rate unless otherwise advertised. However, if the number of available days between existing bookings is less than 7 nights we may be able to accept bookings at a reduced rate subject to the owners agreement.
Short breaks are allowed within 3 days of arrival.
Change-over days are totally flexible but are subject to existing bookings taken either side. If a booking means that the owner would be left with too many "void" days we might not be able to accept it. If this is the case we will contact you without delay to discuss alternatives.
Payment can be made by bank transfer (sterling or euro) or by debit or credit card.
Our travel information provides details of how to get to Crete including flights to both Chania and Heraklion airports.
If you want to book, please use the availability chart above to check your dates, you can then either book on-line, email or call us on 0330 111 0061.
Please note: although the calendars show live availability and you can book on-line, please note that your booking is not confirmed until we have issued a confirmation of booking. You may prefer not to book your flights until we have confirmed the booking.
Low Occupancy Discounts - unfortunately the online booking system automatically calculates the single couple or small party discount based on the number of people entered onto the booking form and the start day of your rental. There are 2 problems with this:-
a) If you are 2 people but not a single couple, the system will have automatically calculated a discount when it is not due. Please make use of the "additional notes" box on the booking form to tell us and we will adjust the price accordingly before we confirm your booking.
b) If your rental overlaps from a discounted period to a non-discounted one (or vice versa), the discount calculated will be wrong. In these cases we have to make the adjustment manually. You can still book on-line but we will need to change the price on receipt of your booking request. If the price increases we will contact you to confirm the new price before we confirm your booking and take your deposit.
Please don't let either of these issues put you off making a booking. The discounts are genuine and our villa owners welcome couples and smaller parties out of high season. We just can't fine tune the booking system to account for these 2 circumstances - sorry.
We came for a belate honeymoon and it couldn't have been more lovely. This is a fantastic spot and a lovely villa. We kept finding different lovely places to sit and take in the view. Thankyou so much for the welcome food in the fridge and the card and celebratory fizz! That was so kind of you. We enjoyed it on the pool terrace very much. We witnessed a spectacular sunrise one morning and were blessed with perfect weather all week. It's been a lovely stay and we very much hope to be back. Thankyou - September 2018.
Thank you very much to everyone who made our holiday at Villa Antheia so special. Can’t believe we’ve been back nearly a week now. Everything about our holiday was great. The booking was very efficient and provided all the information we needed. The detailed directions were particularly appreciated as our flight was very late and we had to find our way in the dark! The setting of the villa is so perfect. An uninterrupted view to the sea, and wonderful quiet surroundings. We watched birds and discovered insects and plants in the garden and never got tired of the view. The villa itself was immaculate and beautifully presented. A lot of thought has been put into the design of the accommodation and the outdoor space. The pool was perfect and cared for by a delightful gentleman who came at least twice to keep it pristine for us. Another gentleman also popped round just to check we didn’t need anything (I’m sorry, I am not sure who that was as my husband answered the door). We loved the outdoor space with its colourful planting and lovely design. The swing seat was a particular favourite. As was the covered terrace by the barbie where we whiled away some very happy hours. The kitchen was well equipped - I did a lot of cooking - exploring the local cuisine. The only addition I would have appreciated was a casserole dish. The welcome pack of bread, butter, milk and fruit was indeed, very welcome. The supermarkets were all closed by the time we arrived (thanks to our delayed flight) so having the basics there was a boon. We took full advantage of your DVD collection in the evenings, finding some great things to watch. Finally, thank you so much for the card and bottle of fizz. That was such a thoughtful touch! We very much enjoyed our Prosecco on the terrace - lovely way to start our honeymoon. We have never been to Crete before, and only scratched the surface in exploring this fascinating island. We’d very much like to return at about the same time next year. Can you tell me if you ever accept 10-day bookings. A week just wasn’t enough, but we’d both struggle to take a fortnight off work. Thank you once again to everyone. Very best wishes - September 2018.
We have had a lovely stay at Villa Antheia. Lovely spot. Boys enjoyed the pool. Recommend Elia & Thyme restaurant in Almyrida - August 2018.
We have had a fantastic 3 weeks in the sun (with a few thunderstorms too!). Lovely villa and a great area to explore. Favourite restaurant was Taverna Parasia just outside Vamos on the road to Kaina. Live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays and fantasic food especially their special salad - July 2018.
All very lovely. Amazing views and beautiful garden. Villa very well equipped and especially good to have air con - July 2018.
Here again for our 3rd visit. Weather very mixed this time but still lovely. Love it here - June 2018.
We enjoyed a wonderful stay in this beautiful villa and a hire car is definitely recommended to appreciate the island. The villa itself has everything a family/couple need for a chillaxing holiday. I won't state the obvious but suffice to say - truly breathtaking. Thankyou to the owners for allowing us to stay. We will recommend to all - June 2018.
Villa Antheia is a beautiful little slice of heaven on earth. Thankyou for letting us spend a truly blissful week here. We loved our holiday so much and will be back - August 2017.
Wow! What a lovely villa, fantastic views and surroundings. Sitting out on the terrace after a busy day seeing the sights with a gin & tonic, kids playing in the pool is a fantastic way to spend a week in Crete. Would recommend visits to Chania, especially the old town area and harbour. Also, Georgioupolis is lovely in the evenings. Thank you for sharing your lovely villa with us for such a great sunny week - August 2017.
We had an amazing 2 weeks in this villa. It is very well equipped and in a quiet setting. We loved the beach at Georgioupolis by Paradise Bar. Free sunbeds as long as you buy a drink in their bar. We enjoyed Knossos although it was quite a long journey. The men loved trekking the Samaria Gorge, a very long day but worth it. All in all we have loved it here - July 2017.
Had a wonderful 2 weeks in this superb villa and wonderful location. Made full use of all the villa's facilities and equipment and it truly felt like a home from home. The pool was great so most days spent around the pool enjoying the sun, views etc. Pool was cleaned twice a week which was good. In the evenings we enjoyed the walk up to the tavernas where we were made very welcome and enjoyed a nice glass of cold beer or something to eat. Hired a car for a few days and nice places to visit are Almirida and Georgioupolis. Already deciding when to come back next year . Thanks for sharing your wonderful villa - August 2016.
Arrived about an hour ago at the villa and already we love it! Pool is great and the views are amazing. The villa has everything we could possibly need and we are so pleased. Off for a little wander then home to enjoy a glass of wine - thank you for this - August 2016.
We are thoroughly enjoying our holiday so far here at Villa Antheia. It is our 3rd time to Crete (first time here in the west - other times were in the east and south). What a spectacular garden - the best of any villa we've been at (not just Crete but of all the other islands we've been to over the years) - August 2016.
A brilliant two weeks! Relaxing and peaceful. Did not have a car so made full use of this excellent villa. Villa is spacious with many seating areas, excellent pool with sun all day, lovely gardens, gorgeous view and very well equipped. Walk to the village is no problem if fit (in fact enjoyable). The two supermarkets have all the basic supplies and both the taverna and kafenion very good value. Villagers very friendly. We had the sort of holiday we envisaged - July 2016.
Thank you for all your help regarding our booking. All went to plan and Villa Antheia was superb. We made full use of its excellent facilities and enjoyed immersing ourselves in the pretty village of Kefalas. A truly wonderful and relaxing holiday - July 2016.
We came back as we said we would, this time for a fortnight. Had a lovely relaxing holiday again - June 2016.
We have just enjoyed one of our best holidays ever! Fabulous villa - so welcoming and equipped with everything you could need - beautiful gardens perfect for relaxing and reading. And if you like to BBQ/eat in then go and stock up at the INKA supermarket in Kalives, just outside the town, and be sure on your first visit to get a bonus card! Whilst we are sorry to be leaving this idyllic place as the saying goes 'we'll be back' !! - June 2016.
Hi, I'm emailing to let you know that we simply had the best time! So peaceful and relaxing; we loved the feeling of being away from it all. It was so nice to be in such a lovely villa which exceeded our expectations and was so well equipped even including a teapot and a whisk! We had a bit of trouble getting the TV to work but it really didn't bother us because we didn't want to connect with the outside world. I have liked you on Facebook and told all our friends and family that they should go. We intend a return trip within the next couple of years - May 2016.
A lovely villa with a lot of thought about what people may need on holiday apparent. We had a mixed week of outings and lazying around at the villa. A lovely holiday up in the mountains - May 2016.
Hi Julie & Jan, Thank you for your email which reminded me to drop you a note. We had a lovely time at Villa Antheia (possibly one of the nicest villas we have ever stayed at) and, notwithstanding the rather mixed weather, thoroughly enjoyed our time in Crete an island we last visited some 27 years ago ! Gillian and Andrew did a great and professional job in looking after the Villa; kindly agreed to a late check-out and gave us some valuable recommendations. The car rental arranged through Pan Car worked really well thank you for the recommendation. We hope it will not be another 27 years before we are back. Thanks for all your help and for making our holiday experience so enjoyable. Regards & best wishes - August 2015.
Lovely villa in a spectacular setting; could not ask for more. Alas, we were not blessed by good weather but we found that Rethymnon in the rain is still charming and the winds and grey skies made everything very dramatic. We escaped and took a trip to the south coast where it was hot and sunny. Chora Sfakion is pretty and is a good stepping off point for Gavdos and Loutro. Back in Kefalas, the sunny days we had were lovely and peaceful - October 2014.
We enjoyed every minute of our 2 weeks in your lovely villa. Such a beautiful location. We watched the sunrise and the moonrise, wonderful! We found it so peaceful and relaxing that we spent a lot of time just chilling and relaxing by the pool listening to the sheep bells, lovely. We loved the village with its nice tavernas and friendly people. We did some sightseeing - loved Chania with its harbour, great shops, market and good museums. We liked the beach at Georgioupolis and took a canoe trip up the river. We thought Lake Kournas was well worth a visit, you can hire a pedalo and see kingfishers, terrapins and huge fish. The Samaria Gorge was fantastic with stunning scenery; we took a coach from Almirida which is another lovely place with a nice beach and tavernas. We will probably return in the future - how could you not! - September 2014.
We had a lovely time at the Villa Antheia. It was in a perfect location and is the ideal place to relax and unwind whilst the kids were happy with the pool. The villa surpassed our expectations and was even better than the previous one we stayed in last year. We enjoyed the garden and all the different seating areas (somewhere was always in the shade). The owners have put a great deal of time into the garden. We hope to return in the future to see how the garden is progressing. Thank you at Crete Escapes for your efficiency and ease of booking. The only hard part is having to return home and to work! - Aug 2014.
We have had a wonderful, relaxing time in your villa. It's so picturesque and quiet, exactly what we were looking for! As well as chilled out days around the pool, we have visited many of the island's beauty spots including Elafonissi and the drive through The Imbros Gorge. We also enjoyed Georgioupolis in the evening for a great choice of tavernas and a walk along the beach - July 2014.
To our great delight we discovered that the villa is even better in reality than the web photos and description. It was so relaxing and enjoyable to sit and take in the views of the gardens and across the pool to the sea from all the vantage points. Although we have been here for 2 weeks we haven't ventured very far; preferring to make several visits to the beaches at Georgioupolis and Almirida where we really enjoyed the settings and the tavernas. It has been so enjoyable in this wonderful villa that we have spent as much time just relaxing and enjoying the sights as we could. Weather has been totally sunny throughout and although we already have plans for next year we are seriously considering a return visit! Thanks too, to our helpful property manager, Andy - June 2014.
Wow! "Blown away" were the first words uttered when we stepped out of Villa Antheia and looked out onto the most amazing view in front of us. This was before we'd had the chance to see the villa itself. "Blown away" again as this really is a home from home with beautiful gardens with an abundance of flowers and trees. Everything is so lovingly cared for - May 2014.
A beautiful place for our honeymoon; we needed the tranquillity and to be surrounded by nature; it was so easy to relax here. The weather was gorgeous, the locals in Kefalas really friendly - we loved eating in Meterizi taverna and visiting the local beach at Ombrigialos. We've enjoyed the amazing food and drink on offer here. It was great having our own private pool too, perfect for just lazing around in the sunshine. The whole villa was really well equipped. Thank you - May 2014.
The villa is perfect, well equipped and in a very quiet location with breathtaking views towards Rethmynon. Kefalas is a nice little village and a pleasant walk with local tavernas serving good food at keen prices. The Drapanos peninsula is well worth exploring with Vamos, Kokkino Horio, Almyrida and Aspro all very nice in their different ways. Further afield, Rethymnon and Chania are both worth a visit and dinner by the harbour is lovely - September 2013.
Good morning Julie! It's very difficult waking up to grey this morning.... I just wanted to let you know that the villa was superb in every respect. We have been lucky to have travelled the world and stayed in many a villa and apartment. However, Antheia ranks as one of our favourites. It was exactly as advertised and more-the photos don't capture it's magic and maybe can't? We have also been very impressed with your company. Best wishes - August 2013.
Fabulous villa with everything you could possibly need. It's tempting just to sit on the terraces all day but then you'd miss the island. The shop in the village is good and fresh bread arrives around 8.30am. The taverna above the village shop is great and excellent value - August 2013.
We thoroughly enjoyed your lovely villa. Perfect setting, very spacious, wonderful pool and garden. Loved the swing under the tree and discovered the herb garden that we could use for our barbecues - July 2013.
Wonderful villa, great getaway. Peace and quiet is what we came for and apart from the sound of the crickets, that is exactly what we had - June 2013.
Wonderful view, beautiful house, gorgeous garden, peace, tranquility and goats! A little piece of heaven - what more could you ask for? We will return - June 2013.
We have had a wonderful holiday here, relaxing in the sun and enjoying the tranquility. I will miss going to sleep with the sound of the goats and sheep bells and waking up to such a glorious view. We hope to be back soon - June 2013.
We have really enjoyed our holiday in Crete at Villa Antheia and would happily have stayed for another week or two! We particularly enjoyed all the outdoor space at the villa. In the evenings you can watch the gekkos on the roof of the outdoor room and the bats swooping around the pool. Under the pergola is the perfect place for a late evening barbecue. The highlights of the holiday for us were Rockas Beach bar about 2/3rds of the way between Georgioupolis and Rethymnon where we camped on the beach nearby. We had lots of space to ourselves and enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the beach bar, taking a pedalo up "turtle" river in Georgioupolis where we saw lots of turtles, having a pedalo at Lake Kournas and "bombing" into the lake in the middle, the springs at Agiroupolis, Captain Nick's glass bottom boat from Chania harbour, lunch at Pizza and Pasta in Almyrida where they make the best pizzas ever and dinner at Meterizi taverna in the village - August 2012.
Hello, I'd just like to say how delightful Villa Antheia was last week. Everything was perfect, there was nothing that disappointed and the little touches really made our holiday fantastic. The info folder pointed us to some brilliant days out. The pool was bigger than expected and the gardens lovely. Thank you so much we will definitely recommend you - July 2012.
I'm writing to thank you for our brilliant week in Villa Antheia. We are regular villa bookers but in terms of situation, comfort and decor Antheia was one of the finest we've stayed at. The outside furniture is especially great. It was our first time to Western Crete (and Kefalas in particular was great) but we hope not our last. We ate at the taverna Meterizi in the village most nights, the food is superb and the owners are friendly. We enjoyed the silence, the bells, the goats and watching the sun rise over the sea. To the owners - thank you very much and to Crete Escapes - we will certainly look to book with you again and we will happily recommend you in future - June 2012.
We have had a fantastic week here in Kefalas. The villa, gardens and pool were superb. We enjoyed the peace and quiet especially sitting out in the evening. We hope to return next year as we have fallen in love with Crete, the friendly people and the climate. Thank you for a wonderful holiday - June 2012.
Had a lovely time. Villa very peaceful. Weather has been fabulous. Great beaches at Almirida, Kalives and Georgioupolis. Fab food at all the resorts, just follow the locals and you won't go far wrong. We love Crete and hope to come again - August 2010.
We've had a fantastic time here in Crete. We recommend the beach at Almirida for swimming, snorkelling, paddling and great beach side food. We've had a fantastic, lovely and peaceful time and want to come again - July 2010.
So sad to be leaving this charming village and beautiful villa. We have had a very relaxing peaceful holiday not doing anything or going anywhere! - June 2010.
We had a lovely honeymoon! So peaceful and relaxing. We loved the food. We loved the unexpected luxury of the cleaners which was much appreciated. We loved the rocking chairs for morning sunbathing. We loved the fact that they had different bins for re-cycling!! Thanks for a great stay. - May 2010.
Just wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful week in Villa Antheia, the location was absolutely perfect couldn't have wished for better. The villa was really lovely, especially the outdoor spaces with beautiful views out to sea. Once again thank you for all assistance, hope to book with you again in the near future - May 2010.
Villa is brilliant and very well equipped. The taverna above the Inka is brilliant, good food and really friendly service. Almyrida beach is fantastic, especially if you like warm water - September 2009.
Really nice villa - lovely position. Great weather - it's a shame to be going home!! - August 2009.
By far the best villa we have ever stayed in. Thanks so much - everything is wonderful - July 2009.
We just want to say that the Villa we rented was wonderful and we had a great stay in Crete. Villa Antheia had everything we needed, and we especially enjoyed the 2 large bathrooms, the comfortable bedrooms and the lovely view from the balcony. It far exceeded our expectations, and feel that the pictures on your website for this villa could have been better. Anyway, thanks to your team for arranging everything, and we will definately be coming back to you if we visit Crete again in the future - BT - Singapore - June 2009.
The location of the villa is excellent and the outside area is fabulous - October 2008.
We very much enjoyed our recent stay (16-30/09) at Villa Antheia in Kefalas. Thank you for making the arrangements so smooth. The villa was very much to our liking. We particularly enjoyed the rural location on an ideal peninsula and the picturesque village & surroundings. The traditional style of the villa itself was very pleasant and the generous outdoor seating, sunbathing, eating and covered areas were superbly appointed. In fact we thought the photos you use to promote the villa could make more of the outdoor area - a real selling point for future visitors September 2008.
Wow! What a lovely villa in a perfect setting, just the place you need to get away from everything and relax. The weather has been fanatstic and after spending a week here we can't wait to come back - September 2008.
We have had a lovely 2 weeks in a beautiful villa. The weather has been very good after rainy England. The beach at Georgioupolis is very good for children. On a practical note we can also report that the doctior and nurse in Vamos are very good - we had to go there after one of our party sustained an ankle injury in a fall (not at the villa). Thank you for letting us enjoy your villa - August 2008.
The best holiday we can remember. The villa is exceptionally private and quiet. Perfect for re-winding after the rainy uptight UK! We were very well looked after but at the same time left alone to do our own thing which was a great combination and hard to find usually. We will be back as soon as we can - June 2008.
Crete is the most southerly Greek island with an agreeable climate. The tourist season usually starts around April and lasts until the end of October. The spring (April) is a good time to visit for hiking and to see the beautiful flowers.
In early summer (May and June) the temperatures will be climbing steadily to an average in the mid 20's. This is a good time to visit if you don't have to keep to school holiday dates as the climate is very pleasant and there are few crowds.
July and August are the busiest (and hottest) months with tourists from all over Europe choosing Crete for their holiday destination. The north westerly winds usually moderate the temperatures but it's best to make sure your holiday accommodation offers shelter from the hot sun. It goes without saying that the sea will be warm.
September is still high season with warm, sunny days and the sea is still warm. The season draws to a close in October but this is a perfect month for visiting the island as the sea is still warm for swimming and activities such as hiking and visiting the archaeological sites can be undertaken in pleasant temperatures.