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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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                                                                                                  Recent Reviews

                                                                                                  Excellent, highly recommended

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  We rented the villa for 7 days, a group of 9 ppl and had a lovely time! --Place is great, house in great shape and very nicely decorated, very modern, with a great attention to detail. --very nice barbecue area, very well equipped kitchen --Andrie and her husband are great hosts, extremely helpful with all our requests, they really made our stay great! (Drove us to supermarket in their car for shopping, took care of always ordering cabs for us, suggested places to go and looked for a doctor when we needed one) Overall great experience, highly recommended! --the only small addition would have been for the place to have a bathroom not en-suite to make it even more suitable to host more people (& make best use of the couch:-) but was great anyway:-) Thank you!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  A very special place

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                                                                                                  We arrived in the middle of the night and a day early.....but Stella and her parents could not have been more helpful despite our mistake, they found us a hotel at 3 in the morning and even offered to halve the costs! I suppose you could say, and it is, great customer service but it so, so much more and indicative of just how well you will be looked after if you stay here. The villa itself is faultless in terms of facilities, layout, cleanliness, view, location...everything! This is a very very special place and we hope to return next year. Thank you Stella and your family, we could not have asked for more. I would happily recommend Villa Artemis to anyone especially the moussaka....!!!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Wonderful Week Away

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                                                                                                  The villa is absolutely stunning! Great 10 minute walk into town (although quite a steep hill), secluded enough to feel as you are somewhere else but yet have a great interrupted view of the sea. The pictures do not to the house justice! Stayed in the villa with 4 adults and 1 teenager, plenty of space and things to do for everyone. The owners were exceptional, very kind and gave in depth detail of the house. Property manager Kosta and his assistant Sophia were extremely helpful throughout the booking process and stay. Gave great recommendations and responsed to emails quickly.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016