The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete will take your breath away. From the idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters in Chania to dazzling mountain villages such as Rethymnon to thousands of years' worth of fascinating history in Heraklion, a Crete villa holiday will charm you like no other.
For a quieter side of the island, Eastern Crete is the perfect region for those looking to escape the crowds and experience things at a leisurely pace. Although the island is highly popular for holidaymakers, large areas remain unspoilt. Our villas in Crete with private pools have been handpicked from the most stunning regions – close to all the action but still providing an authentic taste of the Cretan way of life.
Crete boasts a fascinating history and is home to many idyllic beaches, vibrant seaside towns and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover! Moreover, we have a wide choice of villas to rent in Crete so you can find your dream getaway.
Our villas in Crete take you to the heart of the action while enjoying a relaxing holiday with sandy beaches.
Things to do in Crete
It's easy to see why Crete villa holidays have long been a family favourite. Superb sandy beaches lapped with shallow waves make for an ideal holiday hotspot, and the island's inner scenery is no less impressive, with stunning mountain villages brimming with history.
As one of the most famous Greek islands, you can guarantee Crete offers plenty of historical sites, stunning scenery, and things for the whole family to enjoy.
Beaches in Crete
Many of our villas to rent in Crete are in the picturesque Chania region, where beaches will be high on your radar. Numerous beaches here hold the prestigious Blue Flag status for their cleanliness and safety.
The best thing about Crete beaches is their diversity, so you can rest assured that it won't be a case of 'been there, seen them all'.
Be sure to visit the renowned Elafonissi Beach, home to pink sand and cedar trees. Half of the beach has sunbeds with umbrellas, while the other is more natural, so you can enjoy relaxing and swimming in the crystal blue waters.
Another favourite is Balos beach, which is in the Chania region. You'd be forgiven for mistaking this beach for a Caribbean island because it immediately transports your mind to a far-flung destination.
If that isn't enough to encourage you to visit, how about being able to marvel at an old castle on the beach? There's so much to see at Balos beach, and it's one of the most photographable locations in Greece.
Located in Lassithi, Vai Beach is the perfect place for families to relax and enjoy the sheer joy of natural beauty. A palm tree forest surrounds the beach, making it a private haven in one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations.
If you're travelling with young kids, Falassarna is one of the best beaches in Crete. It's highly organised, with calm waters and facilities for windsurfing.
The choice of beaches in Crete is endless, with a combination of larger beaches with tavernas and facilities and quieter, hidden gems off the beaten track.
Nightlife in Crete
Crete is a family-orientated holiday destination, so don't expect to find too many late-night clubs on offer. A laid-back vibe can be enjoyed in most resorts, with a cold beverage and a beautiful sunset. If you want something more upbeat, head to ChaniaorHeraklion.
Luckily, these resorts have plenty of clubs for people to enjoy. While they won't be as lively as the ones you'd expect to find in Ibiza, you can still have a fantastic time.
Island of Desire
As an outdoor club, Island of Desire is ideal if you love music and enjoy a lively setting. It's one of the best places to go on a Saturday night, with the perfect combination of relaxation, friendly people and great music.
Cameo Club is another famous nightspot known for its range of themed evenings. So, if you're into dressing up and dancing the evening away, you won't regret spending some time here.
With its array of 70s and 80s evenings, along with the best DJs around, you'll want to return.
Food and Drink in Crete
There's no shortage of authenticity when it comes to dining in Crete. Traditional Greek food, including meze platters, souvlaki and gyros, can be enjoyed at many restaurants throughout the island.
Head to Rethymnon market on a Thursday to stock up on fresh vegetables, cheese and locally produced honey.
This restaurant is for meat lovers out there. Imagine a rustic vibe with wooden beams and a relaxed atmosphere. Then, you can choose between a range of meat-based items on the menu, where the portions are more than generous.
Salis is one of the best around if you're a seafood restaurant fan. Its magical setting helps, as you can watch the harbour while drinking high-quality wines and choosing from a range of dishes, such as seared tuna.
Families can also choose from a range of family-friendly eateries, including Pizza Hut and Mcdonald's, and there are also pubs in the area.
History and Culture in Crete
In its early days Crete was home to the Minoans, a Bronze Age Civilisation whose footprint still flourishes on the island to this day. You’ll also come across a blend of Roman, Turkish and Venetian influences throughout Crete’s towns and villages with old fortresses and pretty, cobbled streets waiting to be explored straight from the doorsteps of our villas in Crete.
Family Holidays in Crete
In its early days, Crete was home to the Minoans, a Bronze Age Civilisation whose footprint still flourishes on the island today. You'll also come across a blend of Roman, Turkish and Venetian influences throughout Crete's towns and villages, with old fortresses and pretty, cobbled streets waiting to be explored straight from the doorsteps of our villas in Crete.
Palace of Knossos
Unearthed by an archaeologist in 1900, the Palace of Knossos is one of the most incredible sites you'll ever discover. The archaeologist himself spent around £250,000 uncovering the building, and you can witness its artwork and original features.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The best thing about Greece is its beautiful history, which spans further back than many other countries. There are countless things to see on Crete, and the Heraklion Museum has a collection of impressive artefacts.
If you're into Greek mythology, Crete could be a perfect holiday destination, owing to its cave. The impressive Ideon Cave is supposedly the place where Zeus was raised by his mother in an attempt to escape the clutches of his father.
While there's not a great deal to see, it's a site that tells an impressive story, and you can walk around the cave.
Family days out
Whether staying in Central Crete or the surrounding areas, you'll find plenty of things to do as a family. From adventure parks to strolling around the regions, the kids will love it too.
Walk around Chania
When it comes to Crete, Chania is ideal for families because it's popular with tourists but still has a relaxed vibe. The harbour makes for a fantastic walk, and you'll be able to pass the time by browsing the shops.
Animal lovers will enjoy seeing some wildlife at the Amazonas Park. The great thing about the park is it houses some of the world's most endangered bird species and teaches people about the importance of conservation.
There's nothing better than taking the kids to a theme park you know they'll enjoy, and Dinosauria Park should definitely be at the top of your list. It features animatronic dinosaurs from different periods and 7D cinematic experiences.
Enjoy a Crete villa holiday with Solmar Villas
Many people book Crete holidays and wish they'd had the privacy of a villa, so why not enjoy a relaxing getaway with everything you need to have a fantastic time in your own private villa?
At Solmar Villas, we specialise in giving families, couples and large groups the holiday experience they deserve. Most of our villas are in the Chania region, but we do have options available in Heraklion, Rethymnon and Agia Pelagia.
Experience a luxury villa holiday
Crete has the perfect combination of rustic villas and more modern options, so you can select accommodation based on your preferences. All of villas have a range of amenities, including air conditioning and dining areas, and each comes with a private pool.
We also have a selection of Crete villas that are budget friendly and ideal for families. Our guests love having their own private retreat, away from the busy hotels yet close to the sea and resorts.
You can look forward to free WiFi, BBQ facilities, air conditioning and an outdoor pool, so you'll be able to explore during the day and appreciate relaxing evenings.
Choose from a range of Crete villa holidays today
If you'd like to book a Crete villa holiday, you can browse our website and choose the perfect accommodation. Alternatively, please get in touch with our friendly team if you'd like some help deciding.
As Crete is such a popular destination, we recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Facts about Crete
Currency: Euro €
Flight Time: 4 hours
Time Difference: +2 hours
Capital City: Heraklion
Nearest Airport: Chania International Airport (CHQ),
Heraklion Airport (HER)