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Villa and apartment rentals in Crete

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Top-rated villas in Crete

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Luxury Villa Dioskouroi eco pool & jacuzzi Kalyves
Entire villa · 6 guests · 3 beds · 2 bathrooms

Luxury Villa Dioskouroi eco pool & jacuzzi KalyvesTHE VILLA WAS BUILT IN 2021.The villa is located at the entrance of Kalyves, a popular coastal resort in northwest Crete. Kalyves is a small, cozy place where Greek traditions are still maintained and where everything is offered for a wonderful holiday experience. A Super Market is located 200 meters away, where you can find everything you need. In the area you can find lots of restaurants, taverns and café but also spend your day at the crystal beach nearby (150m away).

New Holiday Villa w/ Private Pool, close to beach
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Entire villa · 3 guests · 1 bed · 1 bathroom

New Holiday Villa w/ Private Pool, close to beachKokomo Villas are located on a hill overlooking the bay of Lygaria in the greater area of Agia Pelagia. It can be reached from Heraklion/Heraklion Airport in about 25 minutes. It is easily accessible from the Highway and ideal as a base for exploring places of interest. Although close to various magnificent beaches, restaurants and supermarkets, it is also perfect for relaxing in privacy. ★Distances★ nearest beach 400m nearest grocery 200m nearest restaurant 700m Heraklion airport 22km

Seametry Luxury Living Villa
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Entire villa · 6 guests · 3 beds · 1.5 bathrooms

Seametry Luxury Living VillaThanks to its premium location at the crossroads among the city of Chania and the beauties of the mountain , SEAMETRY enables you to explore all the beauties Chania has to offer, ensuring the tranquility of your stay at the same time. SEAMETRY is just 3 km away from the port, 1.5 km from the center of Chania, and 10 km from the airport.

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Popular villa amenities in Crete

  • Pool
  • Air conditioning
  • Wifi
  • Hot tub
  • Kitchen

Apartments in Crete

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  2. Lasithi
Meltemi Cretan Dream Big Studio apartment Mochlos
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  2. Iraklio
Apartment Heraklion center at Theotokopoulos Park
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  2. Pitsidia
Magical place, near Komos beach.
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  2. Chania
Orpheus Seafront Romantic Artistic apartment
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  2. Kissamos
Fresh Garden House
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  2. Argiroupoli
Entire home with breathtaking views
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  2. Rethimnon
Apt5 @ Mamangakis Apartments
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  2. Iraklio
Lions Square Apartment Heraklion
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  2. Chania
City Heart Luxury Apartment
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  2. Iraklio
LUXURIOUS SMYRNIS LOFT
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  2. Sitia
Sitia Old Port studio - 3min walk to beach - AC - WIFI
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  2. Iraklio
Best cozy small studio in the centre of Heraklion

Pet-friendly villas

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  2. Paidochori
Listen to Nature in a Renovated Traditional Hilltop Villa
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  2. Rethimno
Kampos Villa I, pure elegance!
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  2. Gavalochori
Hestia in Rhea Residence Gavalochori, private pool
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  2. Astratigos
Shared Pool★Stone Villa★ BBQ & Wifi★ Sea view
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  2. Rethimni, Greece
Villa Avra - With Private Pool
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  2. Skinias
Skinias Traditional House
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  2. Agia Pelagia
Luxury Villa Pantheon
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  2. Plaka
Plaque Panoramic Seaview Villa
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  2. Ravdoucha
Villa Seashell, Private Pool and Magnficent View
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  2. Kampoi
Lithari
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  2. Agia Fotia
Stylish villa, private pool, large garden, sea view, en-suite bathrooms
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  2. Anogia
Villa Aloe

Villas with pools

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  2. Kokkinos Pirgos
ELMARA - Luxury Villa with private swimming pool
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  2. Gerani
Exceptional modern villa,Private pool,Near amenities,Beach,Rethymno
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  2. Triopetra
Incredible Sea view,Near the Beach,Next to Tavern,MiniMarket 3
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  2. Vamvakopoulo
Perfect location, private pool, hot tub and gym!
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  2. Kokkinos Pirgos
ELMARA -one bedroom villa- private swimmingpool
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  2. Heraklion, Crete
Brand New Lux Villa w/ Private Pool 400m to beach!
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  2. Sellia
Villa Sea-Esta with breathtaking Sea view.
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  2. Kalamaki Beach
Gemini Resort with private pool and sea view
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  2. Rethymno
One Bedroom Villa N2
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  2. Maleme
Cocoon Coral Villa | 1km from Maleme beach
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  2. Kefalas
Brand new 2021!!! VILLA FOS Kefalas village Chania
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  2. Agriles
Minos Country Living Alexander maisonette

Top-rated things to do in Crete

Unique activities hosted by local experts vetted for quality

  • Food Tour Through The Eyes Of A Local !
    A unique opportunity to see & learn about local life through the eyes of a local expert. We will visit local olive groves and learn how we used to harvest the olive trees in the past and how we do nowadays. We will visit local greenhouses and learn about their cultivation. After our walking tour we are going to have a tasty picnic with local meze & raki under the shadow of big olive tree! Moreover, my mum will show you how we make Cretan cheese and you will have the chance to taste it right away! Live it! :) Other things to note Please let us know of any dietary requirements or food allergies at the time of booking and we will prepare all the necessary changes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum drinking age is 18 years old. You can present your electronic voucher for this activity.
    From Price:£26/person
  • Cooking Lesson in Baxes, Live as Local
    We offer cooking lessons in Krousonas village. The programme last at least 4 - 5 hours. Firstly we will make a welcoming introduction with a glass of raki to the traditional way of Cretan life with our handmade folk exhibition which also include kids activities. We will see items and gagdets from a past era and we are here to answer all your questions about the way of life 100 years ago. In continue when you choose menu (vegan or not) we write down our ingredients and we go to gather our organic vegetables from our orchard, you wiil have time to explore nature, breath fresh air, learn important information about the plant and of course live the experience cutting the fresh vegetables and fruit. When we collect our vegetables , we learn how we use every ingredient in our kitchen, how does it help our health, about the appropriate quantities we use anf we start to how prepare our meal and how we cook. You will learn all the secrets of cretan cuisine with us . (It depends from the season you can also taste and watch the production of cheese.) When the meal is ready you can enjoy it in our veranda relaxing with the amazing view. A travel to history, nature and cretan cuisine.Dont forget to wear comfortable shoes and clothes because the lessons become under the shadow of the grapevine. Live as a local for a day!! Other things to note Baxes is up to the road, has many fl
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  • Become A Goldsmith For A Day
    This experience was created to awaken your artistic side, as well as, delight your senses. Offered here is exclusive access to two very unique worlds of art and flavour. You and a group of friends will learn about the ancient technique of jewellery making through sand casting while enjoying the tastes of an award-winning Cretan boutique winery. Found nowhere else in Greece, this workshop is a hands-on experience for up to a maximum of 10 attendees including yourself. You will be taught the ancient art of sand casting and with your choice of silver (.925) or gold (10k, 14k, 18k) you will cast and polish a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep. This workshop will take place at the picturesque Manousakis winery, located just outside of Chania city. Here you will be surrounded by Cretan nature and indulge in the fine crafted wines and winery grown foods. The entire experience will take.place outside in a well ventilated area. All Covid-19 safety precautions will be in place to make sure all guests are comfortable and safe. Included in the booking fee is your 4-5 hours of instructed workshop time. All of the tools needed for casting and polishing. Finally, you will be given organic wine produced on site and fresh locally grown snacks on our break. Other things to note The fee includes the instructor and all tools needed. Also the snack and wine provided by Manousakis winery. Additional fees will apply for final silver or gold used. Reach out to me before the experience for metal pricing estimates and what metals are available if it's short notice.
    From Price:£69/person
  • Craft Beer Tasting and Brewery Visit
    You will be able to see how our handcrafted beer is being produced from grinding the grains until drinking the beer. We are a micro brewery which makes it really interesting to have a closer look into the process of craft beer. You will discover the little secrets of a brewer and at the end you will have a lovely degustation on our patio with the view on the White Mountains. Whenever there is a brewing day you can book a spot (3 people maximum) to live a day in the live of a brewer (dates given upon request). You will be able to follow the whole brewing process live from grain and water until the fermentation process.
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  • Try & Discover Scuba Diving in Crete
    First, we will meet at our diving center in Almyrida, a picturesque village located 25 minutes away from the town of Chania. After doing a small theory session on the basic diving equipment and skills you need to know in order to go smoothly underwater, you will be ready for the actual dive of 45 minutes, up to 8 meters. You will be provided with full diving equipment according to your needs, and then, we will load the minivans and head to Koutalas beach, which is located within 5 minutes from our diving center, put on our equipment, and we will dive into the endless Greek Blue! We will see fish that belong to the Mediterranean ecosystem and glide through the crystalline waters of Crete. Although the day is relaxing and great fun, safety is ensured by diving to maximum depth around of eight meters, with a ratio of one instructor to every two guests. On top of that, we will take lots of pictures and videos that we will then send to your mail free of charge! Other things to note: This is a fun and easy activity for all who feel comfortable in the water.
    From Price:£77/person

Your guide to Crete

All About Crete

Not only is Crete the largest of the Greek islands, but it’s also the fifth biggest in the entire Mediterranean. With a dramatic mountain range rising out of the sea and running across its 160-mile-wide span and natural harbors peppered along its northern coast, the varied topography means there’s something for everyone. Adventurers flock to hike the peaks of the White Mountains, beachcombers marvel at the pink hue of the sandy beaches of Elafonisi, celebrity jetsetters enjoy the high life in the former fishing village of Elounda, and towns like Agios Nikolaos manage to mix it all, with nature, marinas, shopping, and beaches.


How do I get around Crete?

With three public airports in Crete, the options to island hop by air are plentiful. The largest is Heraklion International Airport Nikos Kazantzakis (HER) on the north central coast (plans for a new Kasteli airport to replace this one are in the works). Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis (CHQ) is in the northwest, and the smaller Sitia Public Airport (JSH) is on the eastern side. Direct flights from Athens are just under an hour, while nonstop flights are also available seasonally from various European cities such as London, Frankfurt, and Munich, plus Tel Aviv. Ferry options from Athens’ Piraeus range from 9 to 15 hours. Once you’re on Crete, taxis are available, but the north coast cities are also connected by bus service. If you’re planning to travel around the island, a car rental might be most efficient, though you’ll require some patience to find parking in major towns.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Crete?

As the most southern of the Greek islands, Crete’s temperatures tend to be a touch lower than its neighbors. Its mountainous areas add to cooler air flow, making the island-wide averages in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit in the summer, but in the mid-60s to mid-80s on the northern side. As the rainy season comes (January through March), so do the chills, with averages in the 30s and 40s and high 40s to 60s in the north. Spring and fall are ideal travel periods, with a general range of 50s to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Seawater may be cooler in the spring than fall, but nature is in full bloom in April and May. With its varied zones, pack in layers to prepare for any kind of weather.


What are the top things to do in Crete?

Palace of Knossos

The size of two football fields, the ruins of this palace date back to the prehistoric Minoan civilization (part of the Bronze Age), which ended around 1100 B.C.E.

Rethymnon Old Town

Venetian Renaissance architecture is garnished with Turkish touches in the narrow lanes of this seaside neighborhood.

Samaria Gorge

The highlight of the island’s White Mountains is this massive gorge — thought to be Europe’s longest — at an altitude of about 4,000 feet. A day-long, 10-mile hike leads to Agia Roumeli, where a boat ride back to Chora Sfakion passes by some of Crete’s most beautiful beaches.

Heraklion Architectural Museum

For codebreakers, this may be one of the best places to try to solve a mystery. The Phaistos Disk clay tablet, with symbols etched from the Minoan period, still hasn’t been deciphered — and that’s just one highlight of the impressive prehistoric collection.

Malia

The small northern coastal town has the best of both worlds. There’s Old Town, with its charming narrow streets, and Dimokratias Street — better known as Beach Road — with its lively nightlife. Nearby Hersonissos (also written Chersonissos) provides a scaled-back version of both.