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Villas in Crete 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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    • 2 BA
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    Villa #8043092
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      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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      • 2 BR
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      Villa #6506564
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        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
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        Villa #1932489
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          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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          • 3 BR
          • 2 BA
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          Villa #61639
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            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
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            Villa #4192555
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              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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              • 3 BR
              • 3 BA
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              Villa #6376161
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                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
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                Multiple rentals House #1962531
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                  Excellent! 4.6/5
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
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                  Multiple rentals Bungalow #874574
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                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                    • 5 BR
                    • 4 BA
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                    Villa #1728020
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                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 2 BA
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                      Multiple rentals Villa #445107
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                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                        • 4 BR
                        • 3 BA
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                        Villa #99192
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                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                          • 3 BR
                          • 3 BA
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                          Villa #8111721
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                            Excellent! 4.7/5
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            House #3737726
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 8
                              Villa #1993464
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                                • 3 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 7
                                Villa #1261503
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                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
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                                  Chateau / Country House #2184233
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                                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
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                                    Villa #8049620
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                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 3 BA
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                                      Villa #98983
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                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                        • 5 BR
                                        • 2 BA
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                                        Villa #1088416
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                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                          • 2 BR
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                                          Multiple rentals Villa #445107
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                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                            • 2 BR
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                                            Apartment #448494
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Multiple rentals Villa #6546600
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                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                • 2 BR
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                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                  Villa #54461
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                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                    • Studio
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                    Apartment #409164
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                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 4 BA
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                                                        Bungalow #6556640
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                          Villa #6811068
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                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                            • 3 BR
                                                            • 3 BA
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                                                            Villa #1887850
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                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                              Apartment #8038218
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                Multiple rentals Villa #6546600
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                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                  Chateau / Country House #538414
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                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Villa #8052354
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                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                      Cottage #1041859
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                                        Villa #1782048
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                                          Multiple rentals Villa #1886627
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                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 4 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                            Multiple rentals Villa #1642358
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                                                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                              Cottage #6477663
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 3 BA
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                                                                                Villa #1812099
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                                                                                Viewed 58 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 9
                                                                                  Villa #6356594
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                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
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                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Apartment #3886044
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                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                      Villa #1327118
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                                                                                        House #4114278
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                                                                                          • 1 BR
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                                                                                          Cottage #6555505
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                                                                                          Viewed 59 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
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                                                                                            Villa #8035457
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                                                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                              Villa #1852054
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                                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                                                Apartment #3886046
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                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
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                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Villa #1275881
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                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Apartment #3860093
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                                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                      Multiple rentals Villa #6546600
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                                                                                                      Sehr empfehlenswerte Villa

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Die Villa liegt ca. 10 Minuten Fußweg vom Strand des kleinen Fischerdorfes Panormos entfernt. Der Weg dorthin führt durch eine schmale Strasse bergauf. Die Villa ist durch einen Sichtschutz ausreichend eingefriedet und gegen unliebsame Blicke geschützt. Lediglich das dreistöckige Haus des Vermieters befindet sich etwas höher gelegen auf der anderen Straßenseite, was aber auch überhaupt kein Problem darstellt. Der Vermieter ist sehr zuvorkommend und aufmerksam, die Kommunikation in englischer Sprache problemlos. Die Villa ist sehr gut ausgestattet. Im Oktober hat man leider auf allen vier Terrassen vormittags keine Sonne, auch ist der Pool nicht beheizt ist dann einfach zu kalt. Im Sommer ist dies mit Sicherheit eher willkommen. Panormos hat zwar nur einen kleinen Sandstrand, ist aber dennoch empfehlenswert, weil eben nicht überlaufen. Zudem befindet sich im Ort eine sehr gemütliche Gasse mit einer überschaubaren Anzahl von kleinen Lokalen, die nicht mit leckerem Essen geizen und zudem noch moderate Preise verlangen. Aufgrund der geografischen Lage ein ausgesprochen guter Ort, um Ausflüge in alle Richtungen der Insel zu starten.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      A perfect spot to holiday

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This villa is exactly as pictured but this does not convey the ambience and the peace and quiet. The property was in excellent order when we arrived and the managers popped round to check all was well. We also met the owner which was a bonus. This villa offers a great range of kitchen equipment for self catering and is the only villa we have stayed in that had a range of very sharp knives. The private pool and terrace was a real bonus and was spotless. The information on their website and in the villa was really helpful. The beach at Almirida with its bars and and restaurants is very near and easily accessible. Don't miss the Pear tree which provides excellent fresh food. The instructions for travel and finding the villa were spot on. Our thanks to all for a lovely holiday!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                      A perfect piece of heaven!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This property is absolutely breathtaking and the host couldn't be more welcoming! We had the most enjoyable stay in November 2016. Everything is immaculate, it felt like we were the first people to ever stay there. It has everything you could possibly need for your stay and the host left us some much appreciated goodies including traditional baked goods, water, beer, fruit and muesli! The view and outside space was our favourite part, the upstairs terrace is huge - we didn't use it much as we spent most of our time on the downstairs terrace by the pool. The property has clear views to the sea and feels completely private. The village itself is small and quiet but very friendly and nice for an afternoon walk. You will need a car If you want to explore further. We highly recommend this property and look forward to returning!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016