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Crete villas are the perfect place for a holiday.

The island of Crete is the largest in Greece and continues to be a hugely popular holiday destination. The landscape of this island is varied: snow covered mountains, hills covered in olive trees, not to mention a coastline of almost 622 miles. Crete is also rich in history – some cities have been inhabited for over 8,000 years! Visitors to the island can find just the right holiday accommodation to suit their needs, whether one chooses to stay in a large Crete holiday villa in a popular tourist area, or to rent a house in one of the many small fishing villages.

HomeAway has got accommodatios for every kind of traveller to Crete. Self catering with internet access and seaside views are plentiful on just about every corner of the island. It is also possible to rent a house for groups of any size and on any budget, including those travelling with pets and children. No matter what guests are looking for, HomeAway is the place to find an ideal holiday villa in Crete.

Things to do

Visit the Palace of Malia:

Located near the sea, this spectacular palace dates back to approximately 1,900 BC, though what remains today mostly dates back to 1,450 BC. Visitors can stroll around the impressive palace, comprised of three courts and an ancient cemetery. Visitors can also view wonderfully preserved Minoan artefacts, including a famous gold bee pendant.

Explore Knossos:

Considered Europe's oldest city, Knossos is Crete's largest archaeological site from the Bronze Age. The palace at Knossos was discovered in 1973 and after many years of excavation, a realistic reconstruction was created to give visitors an idea of what the palace looked like in its glory days. This is a definite must-see.

See the Venetian Fortress:

This 16th-century fortress, named "Rocca al Mare" by the Venetians, was built in Iraklio to defend against the Turks and then later used as a prison. Marble reliefs on three walls display the symbol of Venice, and there are 26 restored rooms that often house art exhibits and performances. The views from the fortress are impressive.

Arkadi Monastery:

One of Crete's most important monasteries, the Arkadi Monastery, dates back to the 16th century, which is evident in the baroque and Roman architecture. The monastery has also long been a symbol of Cretan independence; multitudes of resistance fighters were killed here by occupying forces, and the ossuary houses skulls and bones of those who died.

The Ruins at Phaistos:

The Minoan ruins at Phaistos are a unique site. The palace is comprised of royal apartments, a central courtyard, and a fantastic grand staircase. Visitors can also see the famous and mysterious Phaistos Disc; made between 1,700 - 1,600 BC, no one has yet figured out what the engraved series of pictograms are meant to say.

Walk the Samaria Gorge:

The Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe and a hike along this 11.25-mile natural wonder is a must for nature enthusiasts. The path starts high up in the White Mountains and it ends along the shores of the Libyan Sea.

Weather on Crete

Summers in Crete are hot and dry. July is the hottest month with consistent sunshine and temperatures averaging around 26°C. The sea stays comfortably warm during the summer months with an average temperature of 25°C. Winters are generally mild with temperatures around 10°C; rainfall is frequent in December and January.

Travel to Crete

Crete has three international airports; one in Heraklion (HER), another in Chania (CHQ), and finally one in Sitia (JSH). During high season, flights from most major UK and European airports fly to one of the three airports, and there are also many flights from Athens (ATH). Ferryboats are another way to reach the island; services run regularly from Piraeus port to Chania and Heraklion. The trip is rather long, though. For example, Piraeus to Heraklion is a nine-hour overnight ride.


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                                                                                          Absolutely stunning villa

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                                                                                          Well what is there to say about Villa Naya? I have stayed in various villas over the years and often feel a little underwhelmed upon arrival, that cannot be said about Villa Naya, the pictures really don't do it justice! It is finished to a very high standard throughout with everything you need on hand. The beautiful beach is just a 10 minute walk away with the town of Rethymnon a further 10 minutes. That said, our best days and nights were those spent in the villa, the BBQ and traditional oven were certainly put to good use! A final word has to go the owner George and all at Etouri, especially Sophia and Kostas, they really did go out of their to make us feel welcome. Thank you for making our holiday such a special one - highly recommended!!
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                          WONDERFULL TIME

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                                                                                          We had a wonderfull stay in Villa Thimari. We came to Crete for more than 20 times, but this was one of the best vacations ever. Many thanks to the Vasilaki family(especially to mammy Vasso) for their hospitality - we never had such a good service ! Eventhough the villa is situated in a very quiet environment, there are many good restaurants in less than 20 minutes drive - try Thavma in Maroulas and also Kastro Mesi ! We hope to come back ! Fam. Van den Broeck - Belgium
                                                                                          • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                          Well appointed villa in a beautiful location

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                                                                                          We have recently returned from an idyllic holiday in Villa Fascomillia. The villa is ideally situated to explore the stunning scenery and beaches of the Rethymnon region both north and south of the island. The villa is so peaceful with just the goat bells, cicadas, distant cock crows and of course the donkey, who always made us laugh, to listen to. The sunrise from the top balcony was stunning. The family looked after us as they would visiting relatives, with gifts of food, advice on where to visit and a spotlessly clean villa and pool. Thank you so much Family Vasilaki. We cannot recommend this accommodation highly enough.
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                                                                                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2016