Thank you for this wonderful photo Gerhard!
For those of you who haven't stayed with us yet, this photo is taken from the roof garden on the second floor. You can see the parking area and the memorial right in front of the house, Lazareta Island and Theodorou Island. Further out is the Ravdoucha peninsula in Kissamos district.
swHaving lived in the old town of Chania for most of my life , the "Abea" factory is part of my history.
As a child I went to the 6th primary school which is located just a few blocks from the original olive oil factory in Nea Chora.
By that time I was walking pass the factory at least 4 times a day, either to go to school or to go training at the swimming club right next to the factory.
From my house,I could see the smoke rising from the two towering chimney stacks and as I was coming closer, the smell of pomace was getting stronger.
We always had Abea soap in our house as my father insisted on supporting the local brand and its products. In the early years, the soap was made in one flavour only and I cannot say I liked it, as it had a very oily texture when wet and it made the skin very dry.
Many years ago the factory in Nea Chora was transferred to another area and only the chimney stacks are left to remind us of the olive oil production.
Needless to say that I was hesitant in trying the new, upgraded products, but their scent and design was so tempting that in the end I could not resist.
The Abea brand now has my full support as its cosmetic products have proven to be top quality. They look nice, their scent is wonderful, and they are very good for the skin. I haven't tried their olive oil, as we make our own, and I would also encourage people to buy olive oil directly from the producers, if possible.
In the end, turning to the Abea products and promoting them in our family apartments is, to me, a valuable improvement. For me as it makes me feel closer to my roots, and for our guests to enjoying the orange, lavender or honey fragrances makes them happy.
And, last but not least, the old factory grounds are now being used mainly for parking, which is something very important for this busy area and makes the Abea story a win-win situation.
Pink line: street parking at "Akti Kanari" street & "Talos" square.
Green line: free public parking areas
Red dot: San Salvatore entrance and private parking
Blue line: San Salvatore Monument
Private parking is available on premises. Guests need secure the chain at all times.
This is my favourite parking area in the neighbourhood. It's only 300 meters away and always available. Very few people park their car here (in comparison to the other parking areas) so it is unlikely that you won't find a place for your car. Only exception can be Thursday mornings because of the weekly street market that is taking place in front of the field. Another thing I like is that your car is safe. There is enough space for everyone and you don't have to worry about finding your car damaged. Also, this parking area is more protected from the wind, therefore less salt water form the sea is coming towards your car.
To conclude, if you don't want to use our private parking area, then use this one because:
Hi, my name is Irene. I studied Greek Literature and Linguistics at the University of Crete and later Greek as a foreign language at the University of Athens (MA). My family runs the rental apartments. I look forward to meeting you.