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. Cosmopolitan cities, historical sites and - of course - idyllic Greek beaches are just some of the many reasons holidaymakers fall in love with the island. And who can blame them? With villas set near quiet coves, secluded beaches and mountain villages steeped in traditional Greek life, the charms of Crete might be second to none.Learn more about Crete »
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.8 villas 45mins Heraklion
One of the prestigious regions in Crete, Elounda is a renowned for its stature within the Luxury holiday market, with many 5 star hotels lining the coastline. The quaint little fishing village of Elounda sits within the heart of area, offering a host of facilities and amenities.7 villas 45mins Heraklion
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.6 villas 50mins Heraklion
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.4 villas 1hr Heraklion
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.4 villas 1hr 10mins Chania
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.3 villas 1hr 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
The enchanting village offers a small selection of tavernas, bars and mini markets. The ideal place to get a taste of the traditional Greek Lifestyle.3 villas 45mins 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
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.3 villas 1hr Chania
One of the prettiest towns in Crete, Chania offers breathtaking views including the dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains overlooking the old Venetian houses around the harbour.2 villas 25mins Chania
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
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
Looking for a hillside hideaway? Look no further than Roumeli with its thick surrounding olive groves. This typical village is set amongst superb countryside offering magnificent country and mountain views.2 villas 1hr Heraklion
A delightful selection of tavernas, bars and shops are on offer in Penafiel, a small, bustling resort, which retains its traditional Greek charm and peaceful atmosphere.2 villas 30mins Chania
This beautiful countryside retreat offers real peace and tranquillity, whilst being just a small distance away from the sophistication and excitement of Rethymno town.1 villa 1hr Heraklion
We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Crete. Find the perfect villa below:
Agia Triada, Crete
Ancient Eleftherna, Crete
Adelianos Kambos, Crete
Agios Nikolaos, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday
Whether swimming in the sea or sunbathing on the sand, take advantage of a property located close to the beach.View Villas
Take time out to relax in your infinity pool whilst overlooking the sapphire waters that extend beautifully to the horizon.View Villas
Enjoy a location close to the heart of the action with plenty of amenities nearby, perfect if you prefer not to hire a car.View Villas
Whether its for family fun or just a few lengths in the morning, enjoy all the space and freedom that comes with a large pool.View Villas
Our smaller villas are perfect for couples offering all the space, privacy and freedom to enjoy a fantastic holiday just for two.View Villas
Enjoy complete comfort and relaxation following a day of exploring in your very own Jacuzzi or hot tub.View Villas
From neighbouring properties to stand alone villas that sleep up to 20 people, there are plenty of options for large groups.View Villas
Enjoy the peace and relaxation that comes with a private villa located off the beaten track.View Villas
Improve your fitness or have some fun with a game of tennis, whether you're practising your backhand or taking a break from the beach.View Villas
Take in the wonderful site of the surrounding area from the comfort and privacy of your own villaView Villas
Nothing beats being able to enjoy a barbecue by the side of your pool, in the comfort of your own private villa.View Villas
Chill out in our air conditioned villas - respite from the midday sun and a guaranteed cool and comfortable nights' sleep.View Villas
Take a look at the added entertainment on offer at these fantastic villas - and perhaps swap the swimming pool for a pool table!View Villas
Travelling outside of the summer season? Don't worry - enjoy a long, leisurely swim at these villas with heated pools.View Villas
Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas
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