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Destination guide

Island beauty at Crete holiday lettings

Crete's not really like the rest of Greece. A long and rugged finger of land that rises between the Libyan, Aegean and Mediterranean seas, it's defiantly, proudly different. Its people are stern-faced and stoic, though quick to volte-face into Zorba dances and rakija sessions. Its backcountry is mountainous, rising to mystical Ida. History here means Venetian relics, Hellenistic tombs and Minoan palaces that have more than a millennium on the Parthenon. The food is unique – rustic, simple and flavoursome. And the beaches are simply divine, hosting Crete holiday rentals aplenty between their glowing, sun-warmed shores and otherworldly lagoons.

History

Heritage and myth near Crete holiday homes

History buffs will love the history and cultural attractions near Crete holiday homes. Highlights include Frangokastello, a scenic beach with ruins of a 14th-century castle, and Koules Fortress, a historic Venetian fortress with dramatic views and historic artefacts on display. You'll also enjoy Psychro Cave, an ancient cave that’s known as the birthplace of the mythical god Zeus with tours through its mysterious chambers.

Things to do

Attractions near your holiday rental in Crete

Folk have been wandering the hills where Crete holiday rentals now stand for millennia. You can trace them at sites like the mighty Minoan Palace of Knossos. UNESCO-tagged and hailed as one of the most awesome excavations in all of Greece, it tells of a civilisation nearly 4,000 years old. The Heraklion Archaeology Museum has many of the treasures removed from the dig and elsewhere, ranging from ancient daggers to mysterious effigies of snake gods and gold-plaited jewellery. Other excellent museums await in towns such as Chania and Rethymno.

Activities

Things to do near Crete holiday homes

No matter if you're just a driver with a penchant for riding unknown roads, or a fully-fledged hiking nut with a desire for untrodden gorges and peaks, Crete's got you covered. From Samaria to the White Mountains and the ridges of Mount Ida, there are trails and gullies aplenty to conquer. Swimmers can dip in highland lakes and salty seas, feeling the swells at Falasarna or the lapping waters in Balos. Sailors can navigate coves to unearth secret beaches and caves. Those taking 4 wheels will love finding empty lanes that wind past long-lost hamlets in the hills. Adventure awaits.

Weather

Best time to travel to Crete holiday homes

Crete straddles European and African climates. The result is a destination with one of the longest summers on the continent. In fact, the mercury starts cranking up to beach-worthy levels as early as April and by May it's high-time for spotting holidaymakers in T-shirts and shorts. The summer is the most popular time for people seeking Crete holiday rentals with a pool. Temperatures can smash 40 degrees then, so a dip is always welcome. Autumn is excellent for dodging the crowds, especially as September and October usually stay balmy and dry.

Natural features

From peaks to glistening bays in Crete

Crete tops out at 2,400 metres with the summit of Mount Ida. Frequently coned in snow, it's a world away from the dusty olive groves and foothills that surround it and nothing like the sun-scorched beaches of white pebble and sand that fringe the island. Gorges like Samaria and deep mountain caves are to be found lurking within the peaks, dropping down to a south coast that offers glimpses of pink-sand lagoons like Elafonissi and uninhabited stretches of scrub-topped shoreline. The north is more popular, where Venetian towns give way to built-up runs of resort beach.

Beaches

Best beaches near Crete holiday homes

Crete boasts pristine beaches that are perfect for a day of sun and surf. Holiday homes can be found near places like Balos Beach, a turquoise water and white-sand beach near a quiet lagoon, and Vai, a picturesque beach with palm trees, a rocky coastline and clear waters for snorkelling. You'll also like Preveli Beach, a remote beach with palm groves and a nearby river.

How many holiday rentals are available around Crete?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 7,756 holiday lettings around Crete. From 3,686 villas to 1,674 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Crete?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Crete. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rethimno: 2,723 holiday homes
  • Chania: 2,696 holiday homes
  • Mylopotamos: 1,494 holiday homes
  • Agios Nikolaos Town: 1,037 holiday homes
  • Kastelli Kissamou: 953 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Crete! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Crete?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Crete with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Rethimno: 2,723 holiday lettings
  • Chania: 2,696 holiday lettings
  • Mylopotamos: 1,494 holiday lettings
  • Kastelli Kissamou: 953 holiday lettings
  • Hersonissos: 916 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Crete?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Crete are:

  • Souda Airport (CHQ): 2,693 self catering accommodations
  • Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (HER): 1,031 self catering accommodations
  • Sitia Airport (JSH): 298 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Crete?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Crete. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rethymnon Venetian Port: 2,900 holiday rentals
  • Agia Marina Beach: 2,927 holiday rentals
  • Stalis Beach: 1,173 holiday rentals
  • Spinalonga Castle: 719 holiday rentals
  • Chania Central Market: 2,836 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Crete listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.