Destination guide

Crete is nothing but Cretan

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.

Things to do

Minoa and more 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.


Adventurers assemble in Crete

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.


Crete's blessed with sunshine

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.

Where to stay around Crete?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 6,896 holiday lettings near Crete. From 3,273 Villas to 1,559 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Crete for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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 travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Chania: 2,325 holiday homes
  • Rethimno: 2,568 holiday homes
  • Elounda: 451 holiday homes
  • Apokoronos: 2,480 holiday homes
  • Chania Region: 3,412 holiday homes

HomeAway 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:

  • Chania: 2,325 holiday lettings
  • Rethimno: 2,568 holiday lettings
  • Elounda: 451 holiday lettings
  • Apokoronos: 2,480 holiday lettings
  • Heraklion: 626 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): 2,363 self catering accommodations
  • Nikos Kazantzakis Airport (HER): 846 self catering accommodations
  • Sitia Airport (JSH): 292 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 offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Crete. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Stalis Beach: 980 holiday rentals
  • Rethymnon Venetian Port: 2,743 holiday rentals
  • Elafonisi Beach: 422 holiday rentals
  • Balos Beach: 855 holiday rentals
  • Sissi Mini Golf: 887 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Crete listed on HomeAway 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.