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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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Let's face it, when it comes to reviews you want to hear from straight from the holidaymaker's mouth! They're the ones who've been there, done that and swam in their own private pool. That's why we use independent review service Reevoo – giving you the good and the bad from genuine James Villas' customers. Honesty is the best policy after all…

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Overall rating
Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 239 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10


Great cafes and resturants
Not really any night time life mainly resturants
Confirmed stay: 29 October 2019
Published on: 03 November 2019
10 out of 10


Petersfield Couple
The villa, local taverns.
Confirmed stay: 29 October 2019
Published on: 30 October 2019
10 out of 10


Dundee Friends
The coastline is beautiful. We found the people friendly and helpful.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2019
Published on: 28 October 2019
8 out of 10


Millington Couple
Lots to see and do.
Good weather for October.
Lots of history, crafts and walks.
Good roads for getting about and a couple of large towns for a wander around.
Lots of dogs barking, especially at night.
It's a big island and takes a long time to get to places a long easy off.
Not many bad points!
Confirmed stay: 24 October 2019
Published on: 25 October 2019
10 out of 10


Northwich Couple
Variety of places to go
Lake Kournas was a personal highlight
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 22 October 2019
Published on: 27 October 2019
10 out of 10


Leek Couple
- Friendly atmosphere
- Rethymno is just brilliant. Day and night
- Plenty to see and do
- Nothing. We love Crete
Confirmed stay: 22 October 2019
Published on: 27 October 2019
10 out of 10


Horsham Mainly retired couple, but
Sunshine and pool
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 22 October 2019
Published on: 24 October 2019
9 out of 10


West Midlands Family with adult daughter
Good restaurants at reasonable prices and hospitality of Cretans.
Condition of roads and local driving.
Confirmed stay: 22 October 2019
Published on: 24 October 2019
10 out of 10


Surrey Group
Amazing villa and destination - the views were so amazing we barley left the villa! The pool is a good size and has the perfect back drop. Honestly everything was amazing - even having a lift in the villa helped! Maria and the team were very helpful too.
Would like more sun beds, there were 6 of us staying and we struggled (it can sleep 8 adults). Would have like to have been notified before hand about no private beach and no gym (only because this was advertised when we purchased the holiday - not deal breakers but good to know).

Villa is a steep incline both driving and walking - we had a family member who struggles with mobility so this was a bit difficult at times.
Confirmed stay: 20 October 2019
Published on: 21 October 2019
9 out of 10


The weather - fabulous for mid October!
The villa itself.
The authentic Cretan food, Taverna Aptera was certainly the best.
The stunning scenery through the mountains and the wonderfully empty beaches with warm seas.
The sights to see, especially ancient Aptera.
This was a revisit after 30 years and certainly much had changed but I feel that much of this is down to the economy of the country - many abandoned buildings and the amount of rubbish lying around.
Confirmed stay: 16 October 2019
Published on: 18 October 2019
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