Best Beach Villas in Crete

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

Crete has some of the best beaches in Europe and without a doubt some of the most impressive private villas to rent. I honestly believe renting a villa to stay in Crete is one of the best things you can do for your accommodation to this beautiful greek island. These are the best beach villas in Crete.

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You will be having this by yourself if you stay in the incredible Pelagaios Beach Villa in Crete

I believe that western Crete (or โ€œChania areaโ€) is the best area to stay in Crete overall, but if you are looking for a private beach villa in Crete you need to stay in one that would tick al the boxes and the most important of them all is: being meters away from a beach.

BEST BEACH VILLA IN CRETE: Mare Beach Villa

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VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW

  • Best Website to Book a Beach Villa Crete: Booking.com (more options than Airbnbโ€ฆeven for private beach villas to rent on the island ; just apply the correct filter on the search results)

  • Best Beach Villa in Crete: Mare Beach Villa (โ€ฆliterally on the beach!)

  • Where to Stay in Crete: Unless you are staying in an all-inclusive resort in Crete or at a unique villa, then you would definitely need a car on the island and more than 5 days in total. The best area to stay in Crete is the western part of the island or the โ€œChania prefectureโ€, as it has the most picturesque villages, the gorgeous Samaria Gorge, the beautiful beaches of Balos, Falassarna, Platanias, Elafonissi and obviously the most picturesque town of Crete which is Chania old town

  • Where Are the Best Villas in Crete: the best villas are literally scattered and there is not one area that offers more than another; just make sure that the villas you will be renting is from a verified owner and it has good reviews. You will definitely need a car in Crete so location doesnโ€™t really matter (but I would rather personally stay in a villa with sea views to be honest).

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Athens, Santorini , Mykonos & Crete (more than Airbnb!)

โ›ด๏ธ Ferryhopper is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini, Mykonos , Crete & all greek islands

๐Ÿบ Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Tours in Athens and the greek islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Crete etc)

๐Ÿš™ Rentalcars is the easiest way to rent a car or a quad for Greece with thousands of available options

โœˆ๏ธ Booking.com Flights has all the available flights to and from the greek islands

๐Ÿš• Book Your Driver (Taxi) directly with booking.com’s large and safe platform of available certified drivers

So, let’s see the best beach villas in Crete:

1. Mare Beach Villa

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2. Rozites Luxury Beachfront Villa

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3. Domus Mare Villas

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4. Caramel Grecotel Villa

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5. Pelagaios Beach Villa

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6. Rock Bay Villa

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7. Beachfront Villa Phi

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8. Cedar Bay Beachside Villas

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9. LENICO Seafront Villa

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10. Marathi Oasis Beach Villa

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11. Zen Luxury Villas

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12. Achlia Beach Villa

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13. Villa Melpomeni

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14. Villa Melissa

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15. Yellow Dream Villa

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Crete has 4 main prefectures but the Chania prefecture is probably the best one for first timers

Where to Stay in Crete

  • When Should I go to Crete?: the best time to visit Crete is in June or September because the weather will still be hot but you wonโ€™t find that many tourists on the island; avoid July and August by any means if possible

  • North Crete or South Crete: South Crete (that basically looks to Africa continent) is full of unique beaches (like Agia Roumeli, or Palaiochora) , cute remote villages (like Hora Sfakion) but no big towns (like Chania or Heraklion); the best hotels in Crete and the best towns in Crete are all on the north side of the island; itโ€™s also good to know that the roads network between north and south Crete is really not that good so itโ€™s really not worth it staying on the south side of the island

  • Best Area To Stay if itโ€™s your first time in Crete: I suggest you stay as close to Chania as possible because it is the best area in terms of hotels availability, beautiful villages and towns; however you should definitely visit Knossos Palace and the Heraklion area because itโ€™s where most of the historic sites of the island are

  • How to Book a Hotel for Crete: go to Booking.com and make your choice. Airbnb has far less available rooms and villas for Crete.

  • Cheapest Hotels in Crete: generally as a rule of thumb if you stay in less picturesque or remote areas you will find better prices but there is always a catch as you may spend lots of hours driving to and from your hotel โ€“ however I believe that Rethymnon (which is very picturesque but less touristic than Chania) is an excellent spot for you to explore both Chania and Heraklion areas as it is in the middle 

  • Best Area in Crete for families with kids: Hersonissos โ€“ the best thing about Crete is that it has hundreds of all inclusive resorts that are probably the best thing for families with kids as they have plenty of amenities and everything in walking distance; Hersonissos is the area with the most family resorts around but there are family resorts all over the island and if you find another one that you like go for it (especially if it is around Chania)!

  • Best Area for Nightlife: no itโ€™s not Malia as many online guides suggest; Malia is a teenagers resort with cheap nightlife and junk food restaurants (unless this is what you wantโ€ฆ). I honestly believe Chania is the best place for nightlife with beautiful bars, elegant clubs and lovely wine bars and restaurants 

  • Is it Always Windy in Crete?: no itโ€™s not always windy but it can get windy in July and August (especially on the north side that looks over the aegean sea) so you should get prepared for that scenario; most important thing to remember is to check the wind and go to a beach that is not hit by the winds and the best way to know that is if you ask any locals! 

  • What is Crete Greece famous for?: Crete is famous for its history (Knossos Palace and Minoan civilisation), the amazing landscape with the thousands beaches, the incredible Samaria gorge, the delicious cretan food, the picturesque towns of Chania, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos and of course the lovely and extremely hospitable Cretan people who are some of the proudest people in Greece

CONCLUSION

I believe that the best family villa in Crete is Elounda Luxury Villas but to be totally honest the island has lots of amazing options for families in all areas (Chania, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, Plaka, Heraklion) Crete is an amazing place to have family holidays and if you hate the all-inclusive hotels and resorts, renting a private villa in Crete is the best option.  Without a doubt, this is also the best option for multiple family holidays as most of these villas can easily sleep more than 6 people , so this is your best option if 2-3 families want to have holidays together.

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Athens, Santorini , Mykonos & Crete (more than Airbnb!)

โ›ด๏ธ Ferryhopper is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini, Mykonos , Crete & all greek islands

๐Ÿบ Get Your Guide has the best and largest variety of Tours in Athens and the greek islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Crete etc)

๐Ÿš™ Rentalcars is the easiest way to rent a car or a quad for Greece with thousands of available options

โœˆ๏ธ Booking.com Flights has all the available flights to and from the greek islands

๐Ÿš• Book Your Driver (Taxi) directly with booking.com's large and safe platform of available certified drivers

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