Welcome to Markakis Estate

Our venue is perfect for:

  • Weddings: destination weddings of a boutique style, Symbolic and Civil ceremonies/ church weddings
  • Private Events: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Vow Renewals
  • Corporate events: dinners/ photo shoots/ workshops

For the variety of events scenarios, among its 1.500 sq.m, the venue offers:

  • A spacious white Greek chapel of Saint Nicolas with a stone paved square. This square, being a house to the olive and palm tree surrounded by fig and bay leaf trees can accommodate a wedding ceremony of seated 70 people or smaller events.
  • Cactus corner – right below the chapel, for perfect Mediterranean photo backgrounds
  • Lounge level in between chapel and main event square
  • Spacious village style square with partially covered area, cozy yet comfortable for events up to 100 people with full infrastructure of hired catering, bar, DJ. It is size and layout allow for ambient lights enhancement to match your event vision
  • Verandas of the main house with a pool overlooking olive groves – a perfect spot for the pre wedding cocktail or family dinner
  • Roof garden with a built-in couch and space for intimate gathering or romantic sip of wine
  • Spacious ground floor room to accommodate needs of catering or other event vendors and their staff

Images of the Estate

Markakis Estate house & its premises:

The Estate holds 2 stone segments of housing with a roof terrace and cozy pool overlooking “carpets” of olive groves.

Bigger segment offers a separate bedroom, one bathroom and a living area connected with the kitchen complex. All designed and furnished with ascetic elegance of earthy colors and materials. It can sleep 2 persons and provides extension for another 2 people that could use the living room couch. Balcony doors lead to the intimate veranda with shaded space and natural wall of bay leaf trees.

A smaller studio, right on the side, sharing spacious covered veranda with a bigger part of the house, welcomes 2 people with more of an open space layout including bedroom and a living area as well as a small kitchenette and its separate bathroom.

Right below the house, connected with a short flight of stairs, there is a spacious village style square.

White chapel of Saint Nicolas overlooks the square and the house with its paved stone square and built- in table for private gatherings at the shade of vivid olive tree.

House offers 2 parking spots and easy access, also for handicaps through its 3 entrances, ramps, and stone stairs.

House grand covered veranda as well as the open square covered space provide the comfort of al fresco dinning through the four Cretan seasons.

Aerial view of Markakis Estate

Meet the owners

Andreas Markakis and Anna Laudanska Markakis.

Andreas Markakis
Owner – Photographer
Anna Laudanska Markakis
Owner – Wedding planner


Andreas –  photographer and Anna – the event planner, we dreamt of the place that will offer our future clients and couples to get married the joy of slow living and natural partying with elegant yet ascetic backgrounds.

Markakis Estate is the place that booms with organic looks, designed to introduce Cretan experience of nature, food and Greek festivity.

We call Crete our home and crave for sharing this Greek island village aura with those who look for mindful simplicity of their lives and places that will build their joyful memories.


Markakis Estate is a distinctive private property and events venue nestled in the picturesquely calm village of Apokoronas area – Embrosneros, built on the land of Markakis family. You will find its organic infrastructure settled below the upper village with a few houses built at the beginning of the 20th century while the downhill village square is 20 min walk away with its mini market, authentic local bakery, old fashioned Greek kafeneio and family run tavern serving best Sfakian pitas, local cheeses and meat delicacies.

Tower of Alidakis built around 16th century and standing for the great part of Cretan history of 18th century together with a stone impressive Amphitheatre dated in the modern times, yet holding traditional way of Cretan constructions, are the closest, walking distance main attractions of the area.

Estate’s perfect location connects you within 40 min drive to the best of Crete: towns of Chania and Rethymnon as well Southern village of Sfakia from where you can take day trips along the Libyan Sea and its hidden gems such as villages of Loutro or Agia Roumeli spread at the exit of Samaria Gorge. The closest seaside village of Georgioupoli and its 18 km sandy beach are located 20 min drive from  Markakis Estate. Right at the corner, you will find the comforts of Cretan living, sipping wines at the rustic neighbourhood winery!


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