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Island Crete

Crete - Holidays on the largest Greek island of the Aegean Sea in natural stone houses, luxury villas or traditional country houses with private swimming pool

Crete, the southernmost island of Europe, offers a Mediterranean climate with many hours of sunshine and is, not least because of its long history, the star among the Greek islands and therefore one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The "paradise of Crete" has something special to offer for every Greece lover. Besides olive groves, rough and rugged mountain ranges characterize the wonderful landscape. Crete enchants with many beautiful beaches, almost two and a half thousand meter high mountains, famous and deep gorges and fertile plateaus. On an extension of two hundred and sixty kilometres from east to west and up to sixty kilometres from north to south you will experience an island of extreme scenic contrasts. In addition to its fantastic cultural heritage just waiting to be explored, Crete sets almost unattainable standards with its culinary highlights. The Cretans themselves are a particularly friendly and proud people, but first and foremost, they offer boundless hospitality.

Convince yourself of this and experience "pure Crete" in one of our carefully selected villas with private swimming pool, which are also ideal for a family holiday, and treat yourself to an unforgettable break.

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Beautiful beaches to rugged mountains

One of the most beautiful beaches of Crete and even Europe is the shell beach of Elafonisi, whose turquoise water contrasts paradisiacally with the pink to pink tinted sand. The pink colour results from all the crushed shells, which colour the sand and the shallow sea there. The sandy beach at the south-western tip of the island is further characterized by several sandbanks that run through the turquoise water. This is where the "Caribbean feeling" really comes into being - fine sand, ankle-deep, wide-stretching lagoon in perfect sickle shape. Elafonisi beach, located in the far west, is also very popular with families, although it may take some time to get there due to its remote location.

About 60 km northwest of Chania is the white lagoon beach Balos with the island Gramvousa in front of it. A multitude of mussel and coral particles give this beach its particularly bright colouring. Please note that the way to the beach is connected with a small trekking tour through rocky sections downwards - therefore sturdy shoes are recommended! If you don't want to walk to the parking lot by car, you can also take a ferry from Kissamos harbour. Regardless of which route you choose, it is worth it, although this beach is very well visited due to its exceptional beauty. Especially on foot, arriving from above, you will find a stunning view of the Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island, and you may even be able to observe the amazing fauna (falcons, monk seals and the occasional Caretta-Caretta sea turtle).

At the north-eastern end of Crete, Vai beach is famous for its palm trees. This beach is home to the only naturally growing date palm grove in Greece and even Europe with over 5000 palm trees. Legend has it that the palm trees grew from seeds that were disposed of by Saracen pirates and washed up by the sea. Besides this event, Vai is a real dream beach because of its natural beauty with fine sand and crystal clear water. In addition, there are many other beautiful and also well-known sandy beaches, such as Komos, Triopetra, Agios Georgios, Agia Fotia, Falasarna, palm beach Preveli along the coast of Crete.

Furthermore, the island of Crete is defined by a mountain range extending from west to east, which is basically steeper towards the south coast and flatter towards the north. Lefka Ori (the White Mountains) is the largest and westernmost mountain range on the island, but the highest mountain Psiloritis, at 2456 metres, belongs to the Ida Mountains, which are located in central Crete and which form an imposing structure alongside the fertile Messara Plain. The mountain ranges of the fascinating White Mountains are partly still forested with maritime pines, cypresses and special oaks. From there, Europe's longest gorge, Samaria, stretches 17 km to the southern coast, which can be hiked through in the summer months with a little practice and good equipment and makes the hiking heart of those who come from all over the world beat faster. With a little luck you will see exotic plants as well as Cretan wild goats. A fantastic view is guaranteed in any case!

The Dikti Mountains, located in the eastern part of the Aegean island, line the famous and also fertile Lasithi plateau, where you can still see many windmills that were used for the former irrigation of agriculture. The famous Psychro Cave, also known as Zeus Cave, can be explored here. Guided mountain tours to enjoy a bird's eye view over large parts of Crete are highly recommended. But also easier walks on the many E4 hiking trails are a real pleasure, because the flora and fauna of Crete is unique!

Not to be forgotten are the sandstone caves in Matala, which in the Neolithic Age served as residential and later as burial caves. In the 1960s these hippies attracted people from all over the world. The island also offers many other caves, like Melidoni or Kournas.

Fantastic cultural heritage

One of the most famous archaeological excavations from the time of ancient Greece is the palace of Knossos. This palace represents the glorious time of the Minoans around 2000 BC, during which the Minoan people developed from the Stone Age to a high culture. Many palaces were built during this period in Crete, the palace of Knossos being the most important and largest and also the best preserved in our time. A visit to this palace, or to the palace of Phaistos in the central south of the island, is certainly something special for every visitor to Crete who is interested in culture.

Besides historical buildings and many museums, the particularly picturesque places and harbours are worth a visit. One of these beautiful places is the port city of Chania with its lively and original old town. Enjoy a walk along the charming 14th century Venetian port and feel the impressions of a bygone era along with a gentle sea breeze. The beautiful city of Chania is also famous for its culinary delights. Many particularly good restaurants are located in the old town of Chania.

Heraklion, the capital of the island of Crete, has many other historical sights in addition to the atmospheric old town and the Venetian port, such as the Archaeological Museum, which offers a unique insight into the Minoan culture, the Historical Museum with its Byzantine medieval collection, the Icon Museum with a variety of frescoes and icons and the Natural History Museum with special impressions of the flora and fauna of the eastern Mediterranean.

Also worth a visit is the harbour town of Rethymno with its fortress "Fortezza" and its archaeological museum. Experience the beautiful views in one of the idyllic cafés and traditional Kafenia at the local Venetian port.

The whole island is also characterized by monasteries, churches and palaces worth seeing.

Culinary delight

he Cretan cuisine uses a lot of food that is produced in the country itself. These include tasty olives and olive oil made from them, yoghurt, sheep's cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as fish and mainly lamb, but also rabbit and chicken. Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, thyme, mint, laurel, rosemary and garlic give the dishes a delicate taste. Various delicacies made from legumes, such as the honey-yellow looking Fava (chickpea puree) are also always on the menu of Cretan taverns. Especially in the summer heat, a fresh tzatziki in combination with a Greek farmer's salad with olives and feta made from sheep's milk is certainly a "must". An appetizer only available on Crete is dakos, where a repeatedly baked bread made of barley flour is topped with slices of tomato, feta and herbs. Also worth mentioning are the pickled wild capers and also the homemade honey, which is produced all over the island.

Very tasty red wines, white wines and rose wines are produced on Crete. The vineyards in Archanes and other wine-growing areas of Crete allow wonderful grapes to ripen. The high-proof Raki, a liquor distilled on the island itself, has a long tradition and should not be missed after a great meal.
As you have surely noticed, it is very easy to find the right delicacies on Crete. The Mediterranean climate allows the growth of many wild herbs to sun-ripened tomatoes as well as oranges and lemons all year round.

The particularly healthy as well as diverse Mediterranean cuisine of Crete will inspire you!

You will be delighted!

Enjoy your holiday in beautiful natural stone houses, traditional country houses and exclusive luxury villas with private swimming pool on the Aegean island of Crete.

VILLTRAVEL offers you individually selected villas and suites

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Found 158 accommodations in Crete
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  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Everlong

Villa Greece, Crete, Vamos

Everlong is a beautifully designed, completely secluded three bedroom villa, nestled in a 4000 sqm olive grove, in the heart of the Apokoronas region.

  • Free cancellation option
  • Sea view
  • Private pool
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From €240.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 4 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Suite Serenity

Suite Greece, Crete, Anissaras

The luxurious Suite Serenity with heated outdoor pool ensures an unforgettable holiday.

  • Fitness area
  • Breakfast
  • Private pool
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From €218.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 10 (+2) Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

Villa Maroulas

Villa Greece, Crete, Maroulas

The luxurious Villa Maroulas is a stone house, restored with great care, built in 1426 during the Venetian era. In later times it was used as an olive oil press. Now the 540 sqm luxury house offers every comfort for families or groups up to 12 persons.

  • Heatable pool
  • In town
  • Jacuzzi
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From €558.00
per night / 12 persons
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  • 6 (+5) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Calma Villa East

Villa Greece, Crete, Sissi

The two modern Calma Villas offer privacy, each with a private terrace and private swimming pool and a central location to explore the unique sights of the north coast and other areas of Crete.

  • Badewanne mit Hydromassage
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €285.00
per night / 8 persons
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  • 4 (+2) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Villa Athina

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Ravdoucha

Die 150 qm große architektonisch gekonnt gebaute Luxusvilla bietet viel Freiraum und einen einzigartigen Blick auf das kretische Meer und die Küste!

  • Jacuzzi
  • Private pool
  • Sauna
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From €390.00
per night / 5 persons
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  • 2 (+1) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Altera Cave Hebe

Suite Greece, Crete, Agios Pavlos

The location of the property is particularly unique, as the suite is only 100 m from the sea and the beach.

  • Sea/beach access
  • Private pool
  • Seafront
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From €221.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 8 Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

The Mansion Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Heraklion

Magnificent luxury villa with outdoor and indoor pool - near Knossos on Crete

  • Countercurrent system
  • Sea view
  • Indoor pool
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From €1,120.00
per night / 8 persons
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  • 6 (+2) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Cayo Grand Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Plaka

Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa is a new, modern, ecologically sensitive, luxury resort born out of a passionate love for the art of travel.

  • Heatable pool
  • Fitness area
  • Wellness area
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From €1,798.00
per night / 4 persons
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  • 6 (+2) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Nuez two storey Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Mochlos

The elegant Nuez Villa with private infinity pool and impressive views also of the Aegean Sea is a modern house that celebrates itself with minimal but effective design and a creative dialogue between inside and outside.

  • Sea view
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €420.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 6 (+2) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Calypso

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Livadia

Luxury Villa Calypso - innovative architectural design paired with gigantic sea views and beach proximity - an adventure!

  • Breakfast
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €350.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 4 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Suite Bliss

Suite Greece, Crete, Anissaras

The exclusive Suite Bliss with heated outdoor pool and a 105 sqm outdoor terrace provides an unforgettable holiday.

  • Heatable pool
  • Fitness area
  • Breakfast
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From €234.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 6 Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Octo

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Rodia

Villa Octo is an exclusive country house style villa built with environmentally friendly materials with beautiful sea view over the private infinity pool.

  • Heatable pool
  • Steam bath
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €1,100.00
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  • 2 (+1) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Gaia Suite

Suite Greece, Crete, Agia Pelagia

Die Gaia Suite wurde so entworfen und gebaut, dass sie die raue Ästhetik der Region in perfekter Balance umarmt.

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From €464.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 8 (+2) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Villa Omikron Rogdia

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Rogdia
  • Detached
  • Sea view
  • Private pool
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From €425.00
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  • 10 (+1) Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

Villa Athermigo

Villa Greece, Crete, Agios Pavlos Gavalohori

The traditional country house with historical details offers families traveling together or even a group of friends an idyllic place to stay for an unforgettable vacation.

  • Detached
  • Private pool
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From €468.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 2 (+2) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Altera Cave Terra

Suite Greece, Crete, Agios Pavlos

The location of the property is particularly unique, as the suite is only 100 m from the sea and the beach.

  • Sea/beach access
  • Private pool
  • Seafront
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From €221.00
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  • 2 (+3) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

Villa Abyss

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Kissamos

Luxury villa Abyss for 2-3 guests with 85 sqm living space, captivates with its exclusive equipment and the beautiful location - In the midst of nature and with a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. Pure freedom!

  • Badewanne mit Hydromassage
  • Pets allowed (on request)
  • Private pool
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From €250.00
per night / 3 persons
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  • 12 Persons
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms

Epavli Luxury Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Palaiokastro

Epavli Villa ist eine luxuriöse Villa am Meer, gebaut auf einem Hügel mit 3000 qm Grund, nur einige Meter vom türkisfarbenen Wasser des Heraklion-Golfes entfernt.

  • Heatable pool
  • Fitness area
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €800.00
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  • 10 Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Villa Elvina

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Kissamos

Luxury villa Elvina is located directly in front of the sandy beach and offers a fantastic view of the shimmering blue sea.

  • Jacuzzi
  • Private pool
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €343.00
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  • 9 (+2) Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

Villa Faros

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Agios Pavlos

The villa is pure luxury, but don't expect opulence as a result. It's the location that counts, and the house was designed with this particular location in mind.

  • Heatable pool
  • Steam bath
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €629.00
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  • 6 (+2) Persons
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Claire Agia Pelagia

Villa Greece, Crete, Agia Pelagia

The modern villa is situated above the bay of Agia Pelagia and offers a magnificent view of the deep blue of the Aegean Sea.

  • Free cancellation option
  • Sea view
  • Private pool
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4,8 1 review
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From €135.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 10 Persons
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

Villa Orea Elounda

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Elounda

Located on the hilltop of Elounda, Orea is one of the very few villas that offer breathtaking views over and across the Kalydon Peninsula to the endless open sea.

  • Detached
  • Sea view
  • Private pool
Very good
5,0 1 review
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From €700.00
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  • 8 (+1) Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Villa Hermes incl. Guesthouse

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Livadia

For up to 9 guests - Situated on a rocky slope, this masterpiece of Mediterranean architecture is a luxurious retreat on the coast and very close to the beach. The waves break on the coast just a few meters below the villa

  • Heatable pool
  • Breakfast
  • Beach within walking distance
Very good
5,0 3 reviews
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From €605.00
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  • 6 (+1) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms

Villa Pnoe Seaside

Villa Greece, Crete, Kalamaki

Gracefully perched above Afrathias beach - known for its spectacular views of the Libyan Sea - Pnoe is a luxurious villa

  • Detached
  • Pool with hydromassage
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €370.00
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  • 4 Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Villa Mare

Villa Greece, Crete, Mariou

Villa Mare - a beautiful and very Mediterranean-designed and decorated single-story villa overlooking the bay of Plakias.

  • Detached
  • Private pool
  • Close to the beach
Very good
5,0 1 review
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From €158.00
per night / 4 persons
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  • 10 (+2) Persons
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms

The Sand Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Agios Nikolaos

The Sand Villa offers absolute luxury in direct proximity to the beach and consists of two separate units, White Sand Beach and Rock Sand Beach Villa, each with a private pool.

  • Heatable pool
  • Steam bath
  • Beach within walking distance
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From €950.00
per night / 10 persons
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  • 8 (+1) Persons
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Velvet Breeze Superior Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Stavromenos

Villa Velvet Breeze Superior offers a tastefully decorated, modern interior packed with luxurious features and amenities.

  • Heatable pool
  • Steam bath
  • Fitness area
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From €320.00
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  • 4 (+3) Persons
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms

Mama La Roosa Luxury Villa

Luxury Villa Greece, Crete, Agia Pelagia

Mama La Roosa is an exclusive luxury villa in Crete overlooking the dazzling Aegean Sea and the spectacular landscape, offering authenticity and modern comforts

  • Pets allowed (on request)
  • Sea view
  • Private pool
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From €490.00
per night / 2 persons
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  • 8 Persons
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms

Villa Southcrete

Villa Greece, Crete, Achlia

The 275 sqm Villa Southcrete offers private sea access, a wonderful view over the Libyan Sea and a private saltwater pool. The exclusive villa offers a lot of comfort in light-flooded spacious rooms and offers its guests the possibility to enjoy the sunset in the first row.

  • BBQ
  • Sea/beach access
  • Saltwater pool
Very good
5,0 1 review
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From €415.00
per night / 6 persons
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  • 2 (+1) Persons
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedrooms

J&G Junior Suite

Suite Greece, Crete, Chania

Bright elegant suite on the first floor of the skilfully restored town house with easy access from the promenade.

  • In town
  • Beach within walking distance
  • Close to the beach
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From €105.00
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