Crete villas Holiday rentals - villas & holiday homes to rent in Crete

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica. With 1,000km of coastline dotted with beautiful sandy beaches, incredible rock formations and surrounded by warm shimmering turquoise waters, Crete boasts an abudance of summer resorts to suit all budgets and tastes.

However, Crete is not just about beachlife - it has a fascinating interior and no more so than the domineering Mount Ida in the White Mountain (Lefka Ori) range. Rising to 2,456m, Mount Ida is where you will find Ideon Cave, which according to Greek mythology, was the birthplace of Zeus.

Crete at a glance
Capital Heraklion
Currency Euro
Population 635,000
Coastline 1046kms
Highest Point Mount Ida 2,456m
Airports Heraklion International Airport
Ski touring in winter (no lifts yet!)

Featured villas on Crete

Like most places, the options for self catering accommodation in Crete cater for all budgets and tastes with a good mix ranging from farmhouses to luxurious beachfront villas and apartments. Holiday rentals are very popular with families, friends and groups as they provide the freedom, flexibility and space to do what you want, when you want - home from home.

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Crete is an all year round destination with long hot and dry summers and mild winters . The best time to visit is from April to June and from September to the end of October as this avoids the scorching hot summer holidays where temperatures can often reach to 44 °C (111 °F).

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Things to see & do

There are too many fascinating places to visit and things to do in Crete to list them all but we have put together some of our favourites whilst on your holiday.

A few suggistions.....
Explore the mountain trails of Mount Ida
Visit Spinalonga Island
Swimming at the beautiful Seitan Limania beach
Ski touring around Mount Ida, White Mountains
Visit the tiny fishing village of Loutro
Take a boat to the stunning Balos Lagoon
Explore the Holy Trinity Monastery
Wander around the old town of Rethymno
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Visiting nearby islands

Crete has over 100 satellite islands with most of them being wildlife sanctuaries. Some of the islands are definitely worth a visit as part of your Crete holiday. A couple of suggestions...


Elafonissi is the closest island to Crete being just 100m from the shore. At low tide, you can even paddle over and make camp on the beautiful sandy beaches. With fringed with pink coral sand and crystal clear warm waters of the lagoon, the beaches get really busy in the height of summer.

Gavdos Island

Gavdos is a little under 50kms from the West side of Crete and is one of the few inhabited islands out of the 100 or so that surround the main island. From Crete, you take the ferry from either Chora Sfakion, Paleochora or Sougia. As part of your Crete holiday, it's definitely worth spending a few days in Gavdos. There are some accommodation options, shops and taverns but it's worth taking a few essentials if you are travelling with children. The beaches are breathtaking with white talcum powder sand and crystal clear waters - Sarakiniko beach is one of the most popular.

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Our view on holidays in Crete

Crete has always been a very popular tourist destination and these days, even more accessible with low cost airfares and value for money holiday rentals accommodation. It's an island of stark contrast from the tourist hub beach resorts with breathtaking scenery and luxurious hotels, clubs and designer boutiques, to the unspoilt inner mountain villages where time seems to have stood still. In a nutshell, Crete is a top family holiday destination, full of gastranonomic tradition, rich in culture, history and incredibly friendly.

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