The Villages of Crete

It is the inland villages of Crete, untouched by mass tourism, that are the essence of Crete. Travellers and visitors are always welcome. Hospitality is ingrained in the Cretan way of life, it is respected and understood.

Villages of Crete, Miamou (image by Dinos)

Village by Village

See the villages marked on the map below...

Rural retreats - cottages, country guesthouses and pensions on the map - choose by location...



Chania in the West...

Theriso Gorge

Theriso is a mountain village just 18 km from Chania where an important historical uprising took place in 1905. In this beautiful gorge country is the real essence of Kriti. 

Chora Sfakion located 75 km south of Chania, in the proud Sfakian region.



Rethymnon in the Central West...

Margarites


Margarites village in the centre of the island, 30 km south-east of Rethymnon Town, is a beautiful village offering pottery and plenty more.








Heraklion in the Central East...

Fodele



Archanes

Matala is an interesting beach village on the south coast of the island with a colourful history and unusual rock formations.

Kamilari is a small village sitting on a cluster of hills in southern Heraklion.

Zaros is a mountain village in Iraklion nomos, close to Lake Votomos and Rouvas Gorge.

Fodele the birthplace of El Greco, is in a lush valley full of mandarins and oranges. The village huddles over the rushing stream amongst shady trees.

Kerasia is a small modern village set in the rolling foothills of Psiloritis in Heraklion region, surrounded by grapevines, olive trees and perivólia.

Dafnes is 18 km south of Iraklion town and home to a vibrant wine industry.

Archanes Village in the central north of the island, is 14 km from Heraklion town and only 7 km from the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos. A beautiful village with many beautifully restored buildings, it sits amongst wine country.

Avdou is located in a pretty valley just 18 km from Malia in the north of Crete. Surrounded by gardens, orchards and olive groves, it is a centre for organic farming.



Lasithi in the East...



Villages of Crete - Kritsa

Tzermiado is a small village on the beautiful Lasithi Plateau, surrounded by fertile gardens and ringed by the Dikti Mountains.

Kritsa is 10 km from Agios Nikolaos in the foothills of the Dikti Mountains. A proud Cretan village of Lasithi prefecture, in the east of the island. This village is so pretty it has been chosen as a movie set, and its steep streets are full of atmosphere. An ancient site sits atop the nearby hillside, Lato was a city in Dorian times, during the fifth and fourth centuries BC.

Elounda sitting on a bay 11 km from Agios Nikolaos in Lasithi, is one of the most luxurious villages in Crete.

Palekastro near Vai beach in the west of the island, is a lovely village of Crete. Surrounded by olive groves, it sits near the beaches of Chionia and Kouremenos. Windsurfers love this area, dotted about are villas and domatia, then you will stumble upon an ancient Minoan site, this is Roussolakkos, dating back to 2000 BC.


Spili (image by Tango)


Map of the Villages of Crete




Map of Rural Retreats in Crete...

Kamares Houses in Maheroi, Rethymnon


Arhontiko Studios, Archanes, Heraklion










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Thalori Retreat, Crete
Thalori Retreat
Heraklion, Crete






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