The largest of the Greek Islands will take your breath away. From the idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters in Chania to dazzling mountain villages such as Rethymnon and thousands of years worth of fascinating history, a Crete villa holiday will charm you like no other. Although the island is highly popular for holidaymakers, large areas remain unspoilt and our villas can be found in some of the most stunning regions – close to all the action but still providing a true taste of the real Cretan way of life. Choose your villa in Crete and you’ll be greeted with open arms.
Crete boasts a fascinating history and is home to many idyllic beaches and vibrant seaside towns. You will enjoy all of that and more on your Crete villa holiday. Discover what makes Crete such an amazing place.
Things to do in Crete
It’s easy to see why Crete villa holidays have long been a family-favourite. Wonderful 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.
Beaches in Crete
Many of our Crete villas to rent are located in the picturesque Chania region where beaches will be high on your radar. Many beaches here hold the prestigious Blue-Flag status for their cleanliness and safety. Be sure to visit the renowned Elafonissi Beach which is home to pink sand! 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 very much a family-orientated holiday destination and as such you won’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 in hand enjoying the sunset. If you want something a little more upbeat on your Crete villa holiday, head to Chania Town.
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.
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.
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)