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Villas in Crete

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.

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Crete - Mythological intrigue meets modern vitality

With an irresistible appeal, the northern coast is the coveted location of many of our Crete villas. Holidays here are made to be savoured, from lazy taverna lunches and beach days, to leisurely exploration with a fusion of modern and ancient cultures leaving their mark on the island.

  • Crete Activities

    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 History

    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.

  • Crete Beaches

    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.

  • Crete Shopping

    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.

  • Crete Holidays - Points of Interest

    • 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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Overall rating
Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 238 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10


Kent Couple
Beaches and scenery.
Narrow roads and their driving!
Confirmed stay: 15 October 2019
Published on: 16 October 2019
10 out of 10


Aberdeen Family (the eldest child is at school)
- The villa view.
- The local area for food and gift shops.
- Maid service twice weekly.
- Outdoor bar.
- Lift in the villa.
- Welcome drinks on arrival.
- Would benefit from the pool being heated as it was always far too cold to spend long periods of time in it.
- The gate coming into the villa could be wider as the slope was so steep.
- A smaller paddling pool for babies would be ideal (but that’s just a nice to have!).
- Local guide to recommended restaurants/larger supermarkets & tourist attractions (things to do).
- The private beach looked nothing like the photos on the villa management site and was a disappointment and not in great condition.
Confirmed stay: 15 October 2019
Published on: 16 October 2019
8 out of 10


Fareham Couple
Lots of history, architecture and some superb walks through gorges. Also some stunning caves to visit.
The roads and standard of driving leave a lot to be desired.
Confirmed stay: 15 October 2019
Published on: 16 October 2019
10 out of 10


Ashford Family (the eldest child is at school)
Villa, perfect
Views, great
Area, perfect for a relaxing holiday
Local people, great and thankfully most speak some English
Greek food, delicious
Local villages, well worth a visit
Beaches, most are great for swimming
Confirmed stay: 13 October 2019
Published on: 14 October 2019
10 out of 10


Hertfordshire Group of five adults
Having a bbq/evening meal and enjoying the outdoor eating space.
Few days poor weather but can’t hold you responsible for that
Confirmed stay: 13 October 2019
Published on: 14 October 2019
7 out of 10


Southport Couple
Great to visit places out of high season. Less busy and more accessible. Weather good for early autumn.
The Cretan drivers are appalling and all the roads are very poorly maintained. You need to be very alert to the state of the road surface, lane markings, mad overtakes, tail-gating and awkwardly parked cars, particuarly in the cities. Would not suit nervous drivers.
Heraklion airport arrivals hall is awful, baggage reclaim took 45 minutes and the queue for the Enterprise car rental desk was just over and hour.
Confirmed stay: 13 October 2019
Published on: 14 October 2019
8 out of 10


Plaka is close and has just enough to get by
Lack of sandy beaches within local area. There is one small one but it is quickly overwhelmed by tour boats dropping off people
Confirmed stay: 13 October 2019
Published on: 14 October 2019
10 out of 10


Good beaches and restaurants.
Confirmed stay: 09 October 2019
Published on: 13 October 2019
10 out of 10


Perth Family, children all in
Villa, pool, weather and Greek food.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 09 October 2019
Published on: 10 October 2019
10 out of 10


New Mills Couple
Weather, friendly locals.
Confirmed stay: 09 October 2019
Published on: 10 October 2019
Views and opinions in these reviews are solely of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of James Villa Holidays (JVH). JVH provides no assurances regarding the accuracy of the information and cannot accept liability for complaints, loss or damage resulting from the article. It does not form part of the contract made when a holiday is booked with JVH and the information provided is not intended to be a rider or replacement to the booking conditions. Reference to the service or product of a third party, is not an endorsement or recommendation and JVH accepts no liability as a result of complaints, loss or damage arising from their use.

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