Villa Bella is situated on the beach of a shallow (0-35 cm deep) lake which has warmer water than normal sea water. In the high season parts of the lake are partly dry so you can walk across to the main Glyfada Beach. In the remaining part of the year you can easily cross the lake (about 80 meter wide) by wading. If you prefer not to cross the lake, then it is about 400 meter to walk around the North side of the lake and down to the beach.
The main Glyfada Beach (Kastraki-Glyfada-Aliko) is almost 3 km long and is relatively private due to the fact that there are few hotels nearby. Especially because of the shallow lake between the beach and the house, you may share this part of the Glyfada Beach with fewer other tourists.
The villa is fully equipped including baby cot, high chair, washing machine, dish washer, oven with ceramic top, microwave, coffee machine, water boiler, toaster and refrigerator/freezer with ice cube machine, satellite TV with DVD and audio system.
The Gratsias grocery market is about 150 meter from the villa - which makes car not necessary if you just want to spend time in the villa are its surroundings. There are also several restaurants in the same area as Villa Bella. The closest are Glyfada Restaurant about 400 meter from the villa at Glyfada Beach, Apólafsi (discovery) tavern and the Axiótisa next to the Kastraki exit (1 km north) and Faros restaurant 0.9 km to the south. The front of the house borders the lake and the beach. The main road is about 30 meters distance from the back of the house and there is a bus stop about 300 meter to the north on the main road.
Thr easiest way to reach Naxos is by air to Athens airport and then continue by e.g. Aegean Airlines, Blue Star Ferries or Hellenic Seaways to Naxos.
On the web pages of Greek Travel Pages, Greek Island Ferries and on the portal OpenSeas are ferry- and hydrofoil-routes from Santorini (ATI), Mykonos (MYK) and Attiki (Athen) area to Naxos (NAX). In the Attiki area you can leave from the ports in Piraeus (TZE), Rafina (RAF) and Lavrio (LAV).
If you need transport to Piraeus seaport, you can go by express bus X96 from airport to Piraeus port, metro line 3 to centrum metro stop Monastiraki and then change to metro line 1 to Piraeus or by taxi (we have agreement with taxi driver that can pick up at airport or seaport at fixed prices).
We strongly recommend you to rent car or another vehicle when you are on Naxos. The reason is that it gives to the freedom to move around and explore the island.
In Naxos there are numerous car rental companies. The prices for a small car including insurance normally vary between EUR 23 and EUR 45 per day depending on season. You can also rent bikes, motorbike and 4-wheel bike at most car rental firms.
When selecting car rental company the reputation is far more important than if it is a known network name. Most rental firms can rent you a car, but the judgement of quality can only be done in case of an accident or the flexibility when you arrive the island in late evening and wish you had a car waiting for you. Hence, we recommend the Rental Centre at the Court Square in Naxos town
The villa was built by the renowned construction & architect firm "Jiannis Pomonis and Theodore Maravas" and the progress of building the villa can be viewed here.
The first picture shows the structure of the villa as it was in May 2005 when we bought it. The second shows villa finished in May 2006. The third shows swimming pool built in April 2009 and finally the forth shows barbecue and retaining wall we built in November 2011.
The The name Villa Bella is coming from the Russian family of Galina M Bjørnbet (born Tjesova). Galina's father, Major Mikhail Tjesov, died in an accident in Armenia when Galina was 4 months old (January 1967). He was in charge of the Armenia-Turkey border and he was very respected, and the funeral was attended by the president of Armenia. He wanted to name his daugther Izabella (nickname: Bella) - and even after they christened her Galina - Mikhail kept calling her Bella. The name Villa Bella is thus a tribute to the deceased Major Mikhail Tjesov.