Villas in Crete, Greece

Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is a land of captivating contrasts and rich history, with everything from traditional villages and romantic harbours to mountainous terrain and beaches with bright blue waters.

Renowned as the birthplace of the ancient Minoan civilisation, Crete boasts a tapestry of archaeological wonders, including the legendary Palace of Knossos. Beyond its historical significance, Crete wins over visitors with its diverse landscapes, from rugged mountains and fertile valleys to pristine beaches lapped by the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. 

There’s something for everyone on this magnificent Greek island. Wander through charming villages where time seems to stand still, savour traditional Cretan cuisine bursting with flavours of olive oil, herbs, and fresh produce, or simply soak up the sun at sensational beaches such as Elafonissi Beach. 

Our luxury villas in Crete are the perfect base for you to explore. Get in touch today and let us help find the private villa of your dreams!

 

Things we love…
“Crete’s beaches are simply paradise! One gem not to be missed is the renowned Elafonissi Beach. With its powdery pink sands and shallow turquoise waters, it’s perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and simply soaking in the natural beauty of the island!”

Things to be aware of…
As you can imagine, some areas may experience overcrowding during peak tourist seasons so it’s best to book any eateries in advance and to hit the beaches early to get the best spot. Another thing to be aware of if you’re hiring a car is that there is mountainous terrain and winding roads, so be cautious when driving around the island.

 – Ginnie, Managing Director

Featured Villas in Crete


Bronte Beach House
Crete

From: £2387 per week

Bedrooms: 1 | Sleeps: 3

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Collette
Crete

From: £2499 per week

Bedrooms: 3 | Sleeps: 7

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Nikos Beach House
Crete

From: £2856 per week

Bedrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 5

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Where To Visit in Crete

Chania

Located on the northwest coast of Crete, Chania is a charming harbour town steeped in history and culture. Wander through its winding streets lined with Venetian and Ottoman architecture, explore the picturesque Old Town with its colourful shops and tavernas, or soak in the sun at the scenic Venetian Harbour. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the historic Chania Archaeological Museum or take a stroll along the enchanting Chania Promenade.

Heraklion

As the capital of Crete, Heraklion offers a vibrant blend of ancient heritage and modern amenities. Explore the iconic ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, delve into the fascinating exhibits at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, or wander through the bustling streets of the city centre. Enjoy a taste of local cuisine at traditional tavernas, or venture out to nearby attractions such as the historic Venetian Fortress of Koules or the charming village of Archanes.

Lasithi

Located in the eastern part of Crete, Lasithi is a region of stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Discover the enchanting Lassithi Plateau, dotted with traditional windmills and fertile farmland, or explore the picturesque villages nestled in the surrounding mountains. Visit the ancient Minoan settlement of Gournia or the historic monastery of Toplou, or simply relax on the pristine beaches of Vai or Agios Nikolaos.

Rethymnon

Situated on the northern coast of Crete, Rethymnon is a blend of Venetian and Ottoman influences, with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Explore the charming Old Town with its narrow alleyways and historic buildings, visit the imposing Venetian Fortezza overlooking the city, or relax on the golden sands of Rethymnon Beach. Don’t forget to sample local delicacies at traditional tavernas or explore nearby attractions such as the ancient city of Eleutherna or the scenic Arkadi Monastery.

What To Do in Crete

As the largest island in Greece, Crete has no shortage of things to do.

Explore the island’s rich history by visiting ancient Minoan ruins such as the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion or the archaeological site of Gortyna in Rethymnon. Get stuck into the vibrant culture of Crete by wandering through the charming streets of Chania’s Old Town or sampling traditional Cretan cuisine at local tavernas. For nature enthusiasts, hike through the stunning Samaria Gorge or discover hidden gems like the breathtaking Balos Lagoon. Alternatively, simply relax on one of Crete’s many beautiful beaches, basking in the Mediterranean sun and enjoying the crystal-clear waters.

Discover our list of the best things to do in Crete in our blog below. 

 

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Beaches in Crete

Crete’s beaches are renowned worldwide for their unparalleled beauty and diversity. From the pink sands of Elafonissi to the wild natural beauty of Balos, each beach in Crete offers a unique and breathtaking experience. Relax on the pristine shores of Falassarna Beach or explore the hidden coves of Preveli, where palm trees fringe the turquoise waters. For those seeking adventure, the crystal-clear seas of Chrissi Island are perfect for snorkelling and diving, while the lively beaches of Malia and Stalis offer an energetic atmosphere with water sports and beach bars.

Discover our list of the best beaches in Crete in our blog below.

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Family Activities in Crete

With beautiful beaches, delicious local cuisine and mountainous hiking trails, Crete has plenty to keep the whole family busy. 

Explore the island’s history together by visiting ancient sites like the Palace of Knossos or the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, where kids can uncover the secrets of the Minoan civilization. Enjoy a day of fun and adventure at one of Crete’s water parks, such as Watercity in Anopolis or Acqua Plus in Hersonissos, featuring thrilling slides, lazy rivers, and splash pools. For nature enthusiasts, embark on a family-friendly hike through the Samaria Gorge or explore the scenic Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete. Alternatively, spend a day at one of Crete’s family-friendly beaches, where kids can build sandcastles, paddle in the shallow waters, or enjoy water sports like snorkelling and paddle-boarding.

Discover our list of the best family activities in Crete in our blog below. 

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