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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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Crete?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 8,299 vacation rentals near Crete. From 4,036 villas to 5,943 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Crete for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Crete?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crete. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Chania: 2,883 vacation rentals
  • Rethymno: 2,852 vacation rentals
  • Chania (region): 4,191 vacation rentals
  • Elounda: 610 vacation rentals
  • Apokoronas: 2,998 vacation rentals

And Vrbo UK offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Crete! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Crete?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crete:

  • Chania: 2,883 rentals
  • Rethymno: 2,852 rentals
  • Heraklion: 850 rentals
  • Hersonissos: 973 rentals
  • Mylopotamos: 1,554 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Crete?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Crete are:

  • Chania (CHQ-Ioannis Daskalogiannis): 3,028 vacation rentals
  • Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis): 1,138 vacation rentals
  • Sitia (JSH): 293 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Crete?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Crete. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rethymnon Venetian Port: 3,032 rentals
  • Sissi Mini Golf: 1,181 rentals
  • Crete Golf Club: 943 rentals
  • Museum of El Greco: 1,192 rentals
  • Chania Central Market: 3,091 rentals

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

Explore destinations around Crete

Chania
2,883 holiday rentals
Rethymno
2,852 holiday rentals
Heraklion
850 holiday rentals
Hersonissos
973 holiday rentals
Mylopotamos
1,554 holiday rentals
Kissamos
1,031 holiday rentals
Kouloukonas
1,114 holiday rentals
Malia
496 holiday rentals
Ierapetra
795 holiday rentals
Agios Vasileios
2,292 holiday rentals
Gouves
792 holiday rentals
Gorgolaini
530 holiday rentals
Sitia
756 holiday rentals
Malevizi
831 holiday rentals
Faistos
458 holiday rentals
Amari
2,064 holiday rentals
Gortyna
454 holiday rentals
Sfakia
1,566 holiday rentals
Asterousia
150 holiday rentals
Episkopi
758 holiday rentals