Country Hotel Velani***
Greece Crete Island

A charming hotel in nature

A relaxing sunny retreat or an invigorating activity holiday, we make the most of the mountains and its surrounding countryside. Welcome to Country Hotel Velani in Greece, Crete Island.

The country hotel has:

  • 12 lovely rooms with private garden or veranda
  • a unique hill side location with stunning panoramic viewsolive
  • a personal, family-run atmosphere
  • a large swimming pool
  • a restaurant serving home cooking with fresh, local produce
  • space, tranquility and beautiful nature
  • flowers, fruit and vegetable gardens
  • wellness rooms with sauna cabin
  • our own equestrian centre

The country hotel Velani is located in rural area near the village Avdou, in the province of Heraklion, on the island of Crete in Greece.

Unique location

The country hotel Velani is perched high on a hillside overlooking the Langada Valley in the foothills of the Dikti Mountains. It is a secret haven hidden in a rocky wilderness of ancient stone and protected Kermes oak forest. It is these oak trees with their evergreen leaves and ‘Velani’ fruits that gave our hotel its name.

The charming family-run hotel has 12 spacious and comfortable rooms. All rooms have a breathtaking view and give you a feeling of relaxing with nature on your doorstep.

The Country Hotel has a large infinity pool as well as a separately located children’s pool. Relax on the sun deck enjoying the spectacular vista before you.

The Country Hotel, with its 4 hectare estate, also has various gardens for fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers as well as an olive grove for the production of our own olive oil.

The Velani restaurant uses its own fruit and vegetables to prepare the famous healthy Cretan diet; our kitchen utilizes our home-grown produce as well as that of the local farms and surrounding villages. Try typically Greek dishes with extra virgin olive oil, Cretan wine made from ancient grape species, meat and cheese from the free-ranging sheep and goats of our neighbours, or honey from the local beekeeper.


We organize several activities to make your holiday unforgettable. It is possible to go bird-watching, straight from the terrace; we often see the majestic Griffon vultures. Explore the area by yourself; this is the perfect place for walking and biking enthusiasts and ambling along one of the many mountain paths and tracks is the ideal way to work up an appetite for a sumptuous Velani meze lunch. Hike uphill on the E4 footpath from the hotel straight to the Lassithi plateau. Relax with a Swedish massage or an aroma therapy. For experienced paragliders there is a take-off located right behind the hotel and a landing field down in the valley, both visible from our terrace. On site we also have our own equestrian centre ‘The Odysseia Stables’ providing professional lessons, hacking, daytrips and trekking for all levels and ages. What better way to experience a country?

The hotel is open all year round so you can enjoy a touch of Cretan life whatever the season. Accommodation is available for winter occupation.

Free and fast wifi on the entire property.

Let us welcome you with Greek ‘filotomo’ (=hospitality). The Owners

Manolis & Sabine Fragkakis

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Infinity swimming pool of Country Hotel Velani in Greece
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Swimming pool with spacious sun deck at Country Hotel Velani in Greece Crete
Double room patio with panoramic view in Country Hotel Velani in Greece
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