Discover a selection of 9,000 vacation rentals in Crete, GR that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $71 per night, and villas and houses are popular options for a stay in Crete. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Crete is rich in history

The Greek island of Crete dazzles with its crystal-clear water, stunning array of beautiful beaches and charming villages, nestled along the seashore and hidden in the craggy mountains. With exquisite Minoan palaces and towering medieval castles, Crete is steeped in history. The ancient treasures of Crete can be viewed in excellent museums that showcase fabulous Neolithic cave discoveries, intricate mosaic floors from Roman times and other cultural artifacts from the past 5,000 years. Crete vacation rentals are close to elegant places of worship, from Byzantine monasteries to Ottoman mosques, as well as the glorious natural wonders of this beautiful island.

Things to do

Gorgeous beaches and hiking trails in Crete

The island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony, is a fascinating day trip from Crete. Samaria Gorge is a spectacular area for hiking, winding from alpine forest to sheer cliffs that soar up nearly 1,000 feet. Some Crete vacation rentals are near ancient sites, where the breathtaking remains of Minoan societies can be viewed up close. Of Crete's many gorgeous beaches, Vai Beach is especially impressive, with the largest palm grove in Europe. Elafonisi dazzles with its pink sand and shallow lagoon, and you can wade across to a tiny, uninhabited island with a lighthouse and chapel.

Activities

Fairytale sites in Crete

With huge palm groves and glittering pink sand, Crete is home to an abundance of sites that feel like something out of a fairytale. Soaring mountains are divided by sheer cliffs and deep gorges that offer spectacular vistas for hiking. Crete vacation rentals provide a comfortable base from which to explore exquisite palaces, haunting ruins and Venetian fortresses. The coastline is dotted with picturesque villages and fishing harbors that are delightful spots for strolling and people-watching. Kids looking for fun will find it in 3 waterparks, where they can scream down waterslides and keep cool in the summer heat.

Weather

Mild winters and sunny summers in Crete

Crete, the largest island in Greece, enjoys a beautiful Mediterranean climate. Summers are characterized by blue skies, abundant sunshine and temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the mid-80s. Summer in Crete is dry and clear, an ideal time for exploring this beautiful island, with its silky beaches and rugged mountains. Winter temperatures run from the high 40s to low 60s. Winter is the rainy season, with most of the rainfall happening between October and March. Although winters on Crete are mild, brisk winds can intensify the cold, so be sure to bundle up if you're visiting in winter.

Natural features

Playful dolphins and wild goats in Crete

With majestic mountain ranges and sand beaches, Crete is a jewel of an island in the Aegean Sea. Situated north of Tobruk, Libya, and south of Athens, Greece, it is just west of Turkey. Separated from its nearest neighbors, Crete retains a unique environment. Among its soaring peaks and spectacular gorges are wild goats with huge curved horns, badgers, hedgehogs and long-haired sheep. In the surrounding sea, playful dolphins leap through the waves while whales swim in the distance. Mediterranean monk seals are occasionally seen lounging on the shore. Although sharks are plentiful, no attacks have been recorded.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Crete?

Nothing's more exciting than getting behind the wheel and traveling to someplace new. If you need to get away from it all for a day or two, take a look at these weekend getaways in Crete:

  • Experience relaxation and fun all rolled into one at "Magnificent Lake Lanier Home - Indonesian Decor". This cozy retreat in Apokoronas is a superb base for visiting attractions such as Pine Hills Golf Club and Hamilton Mill Golf Club. If you're looking for something a little more active, spend your days windsurfing or golf.
  • You'll be able to squeeze so much into your stay at "Villa Veneciana With Heated Pool". This retreat is located in Kastellos and is within reach of outstanding sights like Tabakaria and Polirizos Beach. Sailing and water skiing are some fun experiences that are also on your doorstep.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Crete?

Easy to keep clean and tidy and with everything you need close by, studio apartments are a fantastic choice if you're traveling on your own or with a pal. If you're looking for someplace small and comfy to call home while you're away, consider one of these studio apartments for rent in Crete:

  • "Semiso Beach Suites - 1 Bedroom Apartment" in Paralia Kourna puts you near some of the area's well-known cultural attractions, including Archaeological Collection of Stavros Ithaca and New Archaeological Museum of Chania. A balcony and a smart TV are two of the handy amenities here.
  • Alternatively, unpack your bags at "Irida Apartments. One Bed Apartment With Seaview" which comes with WiFi, off-street parking options and more. Located in Apokoronas, sights such as Museum of Ancient Eleutherna and Museum of Contemporary Art will appeal to your inner culture vulture.

Can I find short term rentals in Crete?

Crete has short-term rentals for every budget and style. Whether you're after a few quiet nights of alone time or a long-overdue catch up with your besties, Vrbo will help you find the perfect getaway. Here are two top options to get you started:

  • Book a few days or more at "Magnificent Lake Lanier Home - Indonesian Decor". Its convenient location makes it a terrific base to get out and explore the top attractions in Apokoronas, including Lake Lanier.
  • Another option is "Villa Veneciana With Heated Pool" in Kastellos. Once you settle in, head out for some sightseeing. Lake Kournas is one thing to see around here.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Crete?

If you're looking to woo your special someone, take them somewhere special! Plan a romantic weekend getaway in Crete at one of these retreats and watch love bloom:

  • Discover your inner Casanova at "Bell Rock Vista - Hot Tub, Great Location". This Oak Creek escape is tailor-made for romance, offering amenities like skiing facilities and winery tours to help set the mood.
  • Alternatively, spend a few days popping Champagne and canoodling at "Washington Dc's Best Address". Beauty services and a fireplace add to the idyllic atmosphere of this property in Foggy Bottom.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Crete?

When it comes to vacations, we think the more the merrier. If you're after a getaway with ample space to fit friends or family, one of these large group vacation rentals in Crete will suit your needs:

  • "Villa Veneciana With Heated Pool": This getaway is a terrific choice for larger groups that are visiting Kastellos. It has 4 bedrooms and conveniences that include a firepit and a swimming pool.
  • "Vista Mare Grand Heated Pool": Located in Apokoronas, this option has 8 bedrooms and is another top pick for a large family vacation. There's a whole lot to keep guests both comfortable and entertained, such as a swimming pool and an ocean view.

Are there large vacation rentals that sleep 30 or more in Crete?

Organizing a trip to Crete with all your family and friends doesn't have to mean squeezing everyone into just a few rooms. If you're looking for someplace comfy where you and your crew can spread out, one of these large vacation rentals might be perfect for you:

  • "Friendly To Families And Couples Splendid Panoramic View": With 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 31 people, you'll have more than enough space at this sizable property in Chania. Handy amenities here include a swimming pool and a chef.
  • "Viilla Of Love": Everyone can join the fun at this vacation rental in Agia Pelagia. It has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 99 guests comfortably. Amenities here include ski-in/ski-out facilities and a kitchen.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Crete?

In Crete, you'll find plenty of house rentals where a pool day can be every day. Having a splashing good time will be your highest priority at one of these reputable escapes:

  • Parents, kids, uncles, aunts — everyone will want to lounge by the pool at "Panorama House, In Kournas, 7 Min To Sea". Take your favorite people on a break at this Apokoronas rental house which also comes with a fridge and towels.
  • Wake up and enjoy a refreshing morning dip at "Triton Sea View 7 - Two Bedroom House Close To The Sandy Beach" in Apokoronas. A microwave oven and towels are other amenities offered here.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Crete?

Vrbo makes it a cinch to track down a fabulous family getaway. With handy amenities and tons of room for everyone to spread out, these large family vacation rentals in Crete are among our favorites:

  • Get the whole crew together under the same roof at "Magnificent Lake Lanier Home - Indonesian Decor". Located in Apokoronas, this escape has 4 bedrooms and amenities including childrens activities and a nearby bay. It sleeps as many as 11 people.
  • Another terrific option is "Villa Veneciana With Heated Pool" in Kastellos. This roomy rental accommodates up to 15 guests in its 4 bedrooms. A kitchen and nearby birdwatching activities will help make your stay more enjoyable.

If you're on the hunt for family-friendly attractions in Crete, Limnoupolis Water Park is one of the best.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in Crete?

Go swimming in the morning, noon or even midnight — it's up to you when you stay in one of our Crete escapes with an indoor pool. Best of all, there's room for your whole crew to join in the fun.

  • Offering 4 bedrooms that can fit up to 10 guests, "A Stunning Villa On A Totally Private Promontory" in Apokoronas is the perfect place to bond with the ones closest to you. As well as a refreshing pool, it comes with a sauna and a garden.
  • Alternatively, spend your vacation at "Lux Villa Spa And Tennis Jacuzzi And Indoor Pool Bbq And Gym" in Chania. When you're not swimming around and having fun in the water, make use of a kitchen and a swimming pool. This rental property has 5 bedrooms and accommodates as many as 12 of your friends or family.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Crete vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

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