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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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Popular Crete resorts...

  • 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.

    9 villas 45mins Heraklion
  • Rethymno

    Rethymno

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

    9 villas 1hr Chania
  • Elounda Gulf Villas

    Elounda Gulf Villas, Elounda

    The delightful, luxury accommodation of Elounda Gulf Villas offers a fantastic location spread across a small hillside, boasting awe-inspiring views across the Gulf of Elounda and out to sea.

    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.

    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 its centre. The larger resort of Rethymno can be reached within a 15 minute drive.

    4 villas 1hr Chania
  • Kolymbari

    Kolymbari, Chania

    The peaceful small fishing village of Kolymbari is suitably located between Chania and Kissamos, between scenic cliffs and the beach, which lie next to the Rodopou Penninsula.

    4 villas 45mins Chania
  • Adelianos Kambos

    Adelianos Kambos, Rethymno

    Adelianos Kambos is small suburb of the bustling resort of Rethymno, situated within a 10 minute drive east of the historic town centre with a beautiful long sandy beach, which is great for any beach lovers.

    3 villas 1hr Chania
  • Agia Triada

    Agia Triada, Rethymno

    The pretty little countryside village of Agia Triada is located to the east of Rethymno and sits within beautiful rural surroundings of vast citrus orchards and wonderful lush olive groves.

    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.

    3 villas 20mins Chania
  • Kalami

    Kalami, Chania

    Kalami 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 afternoon sun.

    3 villas 30mins Chania
  • Plaka

    Plaka, Chania

    The enchanting village of Plaka 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.

    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.

    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 - reached within a short walk.

    2 villas 25mins Chania
  • Loutra

    Loutra, Rethymno

    The small, pretty countryside village of Loutra is just a 15 minute drive west of Rethymno, set a few kilometres inland from the coast, surrounded by an abundance of peaceful olive and citrus groves.

    2 villas 1hr Heraklion
  • Prines

    Prines, Rethymno

    Close to Rethymno, the pretty little countryside village of Prines is set amid tranquil olive grove surroundings with a wonderful variety of bays and small coves dotted conveniently nearby.

    2 villas 1hr 10mins Chania
  • Prinos

    Prinos, Rethymno

    Prinos is a small, quaint village set in the countryside back from the North coast on the island of Crete for those holiday makers who are really looking for a space of calm and quiet tranquillity.

    2 villas 1hr Heraklion

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Crete Villa Selection

We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Crete. Find the perfect villa below:

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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James Recommends

Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday

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Beaches

Finding the perfect beach in which to unwind is not easy. Let us help point the way with our interactive map:

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Adelianos Kambos 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

Maroulas Beach, Maroulas

Beach information coming soon.

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

Prinos 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
 
 

Important information

The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.

*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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