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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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Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 260 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10


Tonbridge Group
Georgioupoli beach - a 20 min drive from the villa. A beautiful long beach with plenty of tavernas and loungers
Not too far from Chania for a day trip or night out
Nearby villages have lovely tavernas and supermarkets
Palaiochora a great place to visit too
Plenty of things to do whatever your interests - boating, monasteries, ancient ruins, great food, hikes, shopping and eating out
We visited Elafonisi beach which was a long two hour drive. Unfortunately it has become a victim of its own success. Far too many people in August with bus load after bus load of people. If you must visit in high season time your arrival for 14:30 or later when the coaches have left. While the beach is lovely there are plenty of beautiful beaches with far less people. Or google tourist photos of the place you wish to visit to see how crowded it may be.
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019
Published on: 18 August 2019
10 out of 10


Horsham Family (the eldest child is at school)
Chania is a great town - lots of restaurants, bars & shops and usually very easy to get a table. The food is excellent wherever you and the Cretans are so friendly and welcoming.
Parking can be an issue in central Chania but you can usually find an on-street space if you drive around. The restaurants on the harbour can be quite a bit more expensive for the same standard of food as elsewhere.
Confirmed stay: 16 August 2019
Published on: 19 August 2019
10 out of 10


Dronfield Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great weather, easy to get around and wonderful people. It was a quiet village and was great to walk down to the local Tarverna for a meal.
Confirmed stay: 13 August 2019
Published on: 19 August 2019
10 out of 10


St Albans/Herts Family (the eldest child is at school)
Beautiful villa
Handyman living next door to the villa
Confirmed stay: 13 August 2019
Published on: 16 August 2019
10 out of 10


Greenford/London Single Adult Family of
Enjoyed the sites and museums as well as the stunning mountains.
Not use to the toilet facilities. There were no seats on them and you could not flush the tissue rolls.
Confirmed stay: 13 August 2019
Published on: 14 August 2019
10 out of 10


Oxford Family (the eldest child is at school)
Great people in local Maza taverna. Amazing weather, loads to do nearby, lots of culture and beauty. We had a great time!
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 13 August 2019
Published on: 14 August 2019
10 out of 10


Fleet Family (the eldest child is at school)
The people, the weather, the scenery 👍👍👍 particularly enjoyed Chania and the south coast.
Confirmed stay: 13 August 2019
Published on: 14 August 2019
10 out of 10


London Group
The atmosphere of the villa - homely, well-furnished with excellent cooking equipment and very good outdoor area. A pretty, well-cared for garden and a lovely pool. A real oasis but in the heart of the village!
None. You are close to the church and village life so can hear the bells in the morning but we enjoyed feeling so close to local life and it didn't bother us
Confirmed stay: 11 August 2019
Published on: 13 August 2019
9 out of 10


Wadhurst Family (the eldest child is at school)
Weather is fabulous as is the scenery
Roads are a nightmare !
Confirmed stay: 09 August 2019
Published on: 10 August 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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