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Crete villa holidays

One of the Greek Island’s most famous villa holiday destinations, Crete essentially caters for every taste. Yet while its better-known resorts are equipped for tourism and busy nightlife, vast areas remain beautifully untouched. Among the many reasons to holiday in Crete are its lively cities, shopping havens, historical sites, endless beaches and natural curiosities. Our villas are set near quiet coves, secluded beaches and invigorating mountain villages steeped in traditional Greek life, culture, charm and pure romance.

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  • Rethymno

    Rethymno

    The picturesque harbour town of Rethymno is located just an hours drive from Crete’s cosmopolitan capital Heraklion. This quaint town attracts locals and visitors alike to its choice of excellent watersid...

    9 villas 1hr Chania
  • Domes of Elounda Holiday Resort

    Domes of Elounda, Elounda

    Ideally situated on the outskirts of the prestigous resort of Elounda, famed for its luxurious hotels, the Domes of Elounda experience is the latest resort to hit the region. Nestled on a hillside, next to a be...

    6 villas 45mins Heraklion
  • Elounda Gulf Villas

    Elounda Gulf Villas, Elounda

    Nestled only a few kilometres from the main fishing village of Elounda, lies the small and prestigious complex of the Elounda Gulf Villas.This delightful gated complex of luxury accommodation offers a fantastic...

    6 villas 45mins Heraklion
  • Agios Nikolaos

    Agios Nikolaos

    Set on the north west coast of the island beside the waters of the Mirabello Gulf, the cosmopolitan resort of Agios Nikolaos enjoys a wonderful variety of attractions. These include a beautiful lake with an ope...

    4 villas 50mins Heraklion
  • Asteri

    Asteri, Rethymno

    Neighbouring the village of Pangalahori, Asteri is set in a quiet countryside location with a small café situated in it’s centre. The larger resort of Rethymno with its harbour and range of ameniti...

    4 villas 1hr Chania
  • Kolymbari

    Kolymbari, Chania

    Kolymbari is a small fishing port between Chania and Kissamos, set between the sea and the cliffs at the foot of the Rodopou Penninsula. The village offers a long pebbly beach and seafront promenade lined with ...

    4 villas 45mins Chania
  • Adelianos Kambos

    Adelianos Kambos, Rethymno

    Adelianos Kambos is small suburb of Rethymno, situated within a 10 minute drive east of the historic towns centre. The old national highway - that leads into Rethymno town - splits the resort, with many 4 and 5...

    3 villas 1hr Chania
  • Agia Triada

    Agia Triada, Rethymno

    This pretty little countryside village is located to the east of Rethymno and sits within beautiful rural surroundings of vast citrus orchards and wonderful lush olive groves. Just five minutes drive from the c...

    3 villas 1hr Heraklion
  • Horafakia Kafkala

    Horafakia Kafkala, Chania

    The quaint unspolit area of Horafakia Kafala is nestled on a coastal headland to the north west of Chania town and offers a truely Cretian experience. This beautiful area enjoys a rugged coastline with several ...

    3 villas 20mins Chania
  • Kalami

    Kalami, Chania

    This traditional and unspoilt village overlooks Souda Bay from its prime cliff top position. A small sandy beach is within walking distance, providing the ideal setting to watch the passing ships in the late af...

    3 villas 30mins Chania
  • Plaka

    Plaka, Chania

    This enchanting village offers a small selection of tavernas, mini markets and a quaint fishing harbour - the ideal place to get a taste of the traditional Greek lifestyle. Set on the cliff top above the villag...

    3 villas 45mins Chania
  • Platanias

    Platanias, Chania

    Located only a few kilometres from the main town of Chania, the small but lively resort of Platanias offers something for everyone to have a fantastic holiday experience, from great sandy beaches, to a wonderfu...

    3 villas 45mins Chania
  • Kalithea

    Kalithea, Chania

    Kalithea is a rural area just five minutes drive from the bustling resort of Chania. There are local amenities located in neighbouring villages, together with a sandy beach which can be reached within a short w...

    2 villas 25mins Chania
  • Prines

    Prines, Rethymno

    The pretty little countryside village of Prines is set amid tranquil olive grove surroundings. The ideal location for an authentic Greek holiday, this traditional village is conveniently located close to Rethym...

    2 villas 1hr 10mins Chania
  • Prinos

    Prinos, Rethymno

    Prinos is a small, quaint village set in the countryside back from the North coast of the island. Although the facilities here are limited you are within a twenty minute drive of the bustling town of Rethymno a...

    2 villas 1hr Heraklion
  • Roumeli

    Roumeli, Rethymno

    This pretty little countryside village boasts dramatic views across the neighbouring countryside to distant mountain ranges. A small selection of amenities can be found within a 10 minute drive scattered around...

    2 villas 1hr Heraklion

Resorts (number of villas)

Holiday resorts (number of villas)

Crete Villa Selection

  • Orsalia
    Sleeps 11
    6 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Orsalia

    Pigi, Crete

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  • Mandarin
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Optional

    Mandarin

    Platanias, Crete

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  • Luxury
    Domus Eleon
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Domus Eleon

    Rethymno, Crete

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  • Best of James
    Rethymno Beach III
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    1 Bathrooms
    Shared Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Optional

    Rethymno Beach III

    Rethymno, Crete

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  • Villa Verde
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Villa Verde

    Armeni, Crete

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  • Portokalia
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Optional

    Portokalia

    Platanias, Crete

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  • Giorgos
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Giorgos

    Agia Triada, Crete

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  • Best of James
    Panorama
    Sleeps 8
    5 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Panorama

    Marathi, Crete

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  • Best of James
    Melina
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Melina

    Plaka, Crete

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  • Minos
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Minos

    Plaka, Crete

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  • Best of James
    Rethymno Beach IV
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    1 Bathrooms
    Shared Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Optional

    Rethymno Beach IV

    Rethymno, Crete

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  • Aptera
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Aptera

    Kalami, Crete

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  • Rea
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Optional

    Rea

    Adelianos Kambos, Crete

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  • Best of James
    Hecktor
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Hecktor

    Plaka, Crete

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  • Best of James
    Nefeli
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Nefeli

    Prines, Crete

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  • Luxury
    Elounda Villas
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Elounda Villas

    Elounda Gulf Villas, Crete

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  • Pasiphae II
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Pasiphae II

    Stalos, Crete

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  • Lefteris
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Lefteris

    Three Monastry, Crete

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  • Luxury
    Mediterranean Villas
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Mediterranean Villas

    Elounda Gulf Villas, Crete

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  • Elya
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Elya

    Prinos, Crete

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About Crete

Outdoors pursuits in Crete

There are countless things to do and see in Crete. Walks, climbs, drives and rides take you across striking plateaux, dramatic mountains and stunning seascapes. When you choose a villa holiday on this Greek Island, you can discover local customs and traditions, try new sports or simply soak up the stunning natural environment and its amazing views from snow-capped mountains to glistening bays. Swimming, watersports, fishing, diving and snorkelling are in abundance around Crete’s coastline. Climbing and caving are also a popular way to explore the island’s world-famous local gorges.

Hints of history in Crete

Crete is home to many architectural and historical jewels. From ancient labyrinthine ruins and scenic routes well-trodden by legends, you’ll be instantly transported back to the Minoan culture that flourished on this Greek Island thousands of years ago. Roman, Venetian and Turkish rule have also left their mark on Crete with cobbled alleys, monasteries, old fortresses, mosques and harbours. Multiple museums offer a fascinating insight into its long and colourful past, as well as Crete’s many cultural traditions still practised in villages to this day.

On the beach in Crete

You’ll find an endless number of beautiful sand and coloured pebble beaches bordering Crete’s coastline - many awarded with the Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety and ideal for a family holiday.

Pretty secluded coves lapped by clear warm seas are dotted across Crete; while the larger and busier villa holiday resorts and bays offer waterfront bars, tavernas and every day amenities ideal for families. The island also provides practical seaside facilities, including sun umbrellas – as well as lifeguards in peak season to watch over visitors on the beach and in the water.

Retail therapy in Crete

Shopping on Crete is an experience not to be missed! A wide range of small village shops and markets sell local produce and beautifully-crafted leather, copper, bronze, terracotta and wooden items. Explore the bigger towns on your villa holiday, where the streets are lined with chic boutiques offering the latest trends in clothing, shoes, and beauty items. With everything from top designer labels to original jewellery pieces, folk art and olive oil (Crete’s is rated one of the best in the world) – you’ll find great gifts, holiday essentials and luxury items at competitive prices.

James recommends
  • Visit King Minas’ Palace at Knossos to see where Theseus made his way through the labyrinth to slay the legendary half-man, half-bull monster - The Minotaur.
  • Visit Chania Town on the west coast, known as the prettiest town on the island for its combination of natural beauty and variety of archaeological and historical sights.
  • Join in the celebrations at the Rethymno Wine Festival in late July and witness spectacular Greek dancing and free-flowing wine.
  • Visit the delightful, cosmopolitian town of Agios Nikolaos in the est of the island, exploring the pretty harbour and experiencing the great cuisine and shops on offer.
  • Go hiking and take in the breathtaking scenery at Samaria Gorge - the longest in Europe. It’s a long, hard day’s walk – not for the faint hearted - but well worth the effort. A further 50 gorges are waiting to be discovered - some much easier to traverse than others – so seek advice before you go.
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Beaches

Beaches in Crete

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Beach, Adelianos Kambos

Access to the Beach:
Easy walk from resort centre
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach
Information updated 06 Dec 2013

Kalyves, Kalami

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Semi circular beach, 500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Beach safety:
Awarded blue flag
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Kyani Akti, Kalami

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Semi circular beach, 500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Beach safety:
Awarded blue flag
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Kalami, Kalami

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre
Beach type:
Public beach, beach is in a cove, less than 500m long, Secluded/quiet beach, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol
Free facilities: Showers
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Kiosk
Other:
Very small beach with limited facilities.
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Agia Apostoli, Kalithea

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, beach is in a cove, 500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Beach safety:
Awarded blue flag
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger with cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe
Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Kamisiana, Kolymbari

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Public beach, Semi circular beach, greater than 2km long, Water becomes deep quickly - take care when paddling, Secluded/quiet beach, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Facilities:
Free facilities: Showers
Food/Drink:
Walking distance: Cafe, Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 06 Feb 2014

Kolymbari, Kolymbari

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Public transport available, Accessed via Boardwalk
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long, Water becomes deep quickly - take care when paddling, Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Beach safety:
Awarded blue flag
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk
Activities for hire:
Donuts, Pedaloes
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Walking distance: Kiosk
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Maleme, Maleme

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Public beach, Straight beach, greater than 2km long, Water becomes deep quickly - take care when paddling, Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Walking distance: Kiosk
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Marathi, Marathi

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Semi circular beach, 500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Walking distance: Kiosk
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Beach, Maroulas

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Limani , Panormos

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre
Parking: Beach front
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, beach is in a cove, 500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Activities for hire:
Wind surfing, Donuts, Pedaloes
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Walking distance: Cafe, Bar
Information updated 04 Feb 2014

Almyrida, Plaka

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Semi circular beach, 500m - 1km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Beach safety:
Awarded blue flag
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Activities for hire:
Wind surfing, Pedaloes
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe, Bar, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Beach, Platanias

Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long, Beach popular with tourists
Facilities:
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Food/Drink:
Walking distance: Kiosk, Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 18 Dec 2013

Platanes, Platanias

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, greater than 2km long, Water becomes deep quickly - take care when paddling, Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Beach safety:
Awarded blue flag
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Activities for hire:
Banana boats, Jet Ski, Parasailing, Donuts, Water skiing
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe, Family friendly restaurant
Walking distance: Kiosk, Bar, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 06 Feb 2014

Beach, Prinos

Access to the Beach:
Easy walk from resort centre
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Shingle beach, Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long, Secluded/quiet beach
Information updated 18 Dec 2013

Rethymno, Rethymno

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Public transport available, Easy walk from resort centre, accessed by less than 15 Steps, Accessed via Ramp, Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Chargeable
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, greater than 2km long, Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Activities for hire:
Banana boats, Jet Ski, Parasailing, Donuts, Water skiing
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Stalos, Stalos

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, greater than 2km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Beach safety:
Awarded blue flag
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe, Bar, Family friendly restaurant, International cuisine, Local/traditional cuisine
Walking distance: Kiosk
Information updated 06 Nov 2013

Stavromenos, Stavromenos

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 1 - 2km long, Shallow (Ideal for paddling for all ages), Beach popular with tourists, Alcohol allowed on the beach
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe
Information updated 06 Feb 2014
 
 

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*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.

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