Accommodation Crete

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Top Tips from We Love Crete

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Accommodation Crete - for hotels, guest houses, cottages, small inns, rural eco-tourism experiences, domatia, beach side hotels, spa resorts, country holiday homes and wellness retreats all over Kriti.


Accommodation Crete
- we present all our selections for you.

Looking for a pad by the beach?

Perhaps a quiet rural escape?

A unique historic hotel in the old quarter?

A place to retreat?

With our tips:

  • save time
  • find authentic local places
  • delight in small guesthouses
  • meet your hosts
  • short-cut to the best in Crete






Magical Places to Stay in Crete


These individual choices presented for you tend towards small, family-run places with authentic feel of the real Crete.

Each accommodation selection takes you to our hotel or villa partners or Booking-com for further information and rates.

These are great tools for finding cheap rates via the web. The site searches through hundreds of internet sites and brings you back the best rates for the dates you have chosen.

It saves a lot of hours surfing the web, we also find the layout, the info, the photos and the booking systems very user friendly and helpful. Our visitors find them easy to use and reliable.


Accommodation Crete - Villas

Stavros Beach is close to Chania town in western Crete

Chania - Villas by Beach - beautiful accommodaiton near to Falasarna, Elafonisi, Platanias, Stavros and Almyrida Beaches.

Villa Petra is surrounded by olive groves

Private Villas for an extended stay or a family gathering.

Villa for wedding in Crete

Large Villas - with accommodation for 8+ guests, perhaps a family reunion, special ceremony, anniversary, birthday or wedding.

Stratos Villa Rethymnon

Or you may choose the family-run Stratos Villas in rolling hills just 12 km south of Rethymnon.

Crete is renowned for her high quality luxury villas, we have chosen a few here that provide exceptional experiences such as Almond Tree Villa, Merope Villa near Elounda and Lotus Villa in Rethymnon.

In Chania - we provide a range of villas within driving distance to your beach destination - choose your beach first then see the villas that could satisfy your romantic or family holiday.

One large villa or two or more adjacent villas will solve your challenge of a large group gathering, perfect for a ceremonial gathering or retreat. With options to accommodate 8 to 50 guests, we have chosen special villas with the character of Crete.

We also have several information pages about beautiful villages all over the island, and the mountainous areas as well as the beaches, towns, history, food & wine and literature of Crete.

Get to know your hosts and your new village neighbours by staying in a small village in Crete.


Question & Answer - Crete Travel Q&A

Browse our extensive Q&A section with extensive personalised itineraries with accommodation selections for every visitor who has asked us about travelling in Crete.


Getting Romantic in Crete?

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Greek Islands travel tips - our personal tours of Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Karpathos and many other beautiful islands - plenty to explore with our top accommodation picks for each island.

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Accommodation Crete - Our Tips

Top Tips from We Love Crete

Here are our favourite top tips across the island - we like to choose small places with local character, run by local families with excellent locations and service.


In Chania

In Chania we suggest you choose the Alcanea Boutique Hotel near the old harbour, a perfect experience of the quintessential character and charm of the old town of Chania.

Alcanea Boutique Hotel, ChaniaSet in prime position, right on the edge of the old harbour, next to the Maritime Museum, Alcanea Boutique Hotel, Chania



Accommodation Crete - Rethymnon

We suggest spending your nights within the walls of the old town of Rethymnon, soaking up the Venetian charm all around you. The Casa Moazzo Suites & Apartments are exquisite.

Casa Moazzo Suites, RethymnonWith only 6 tastefully renovated suites in the heart of the old town



In Heraklion

Accommodation Crete - you just can't go past the romantic beach of Matala with its sandstone caves and rocky peninsula. Add the crystal clear water and this bay side apartment, a cold glass of ouzo - and you're there!

Matala Caves Seafront Apartment for adventure and romance combinedGiant Terrace with perfect view of the bay of Matala. That alone makes the stay unforgettable.


Located just next door to a wonderful seafood and fish taverna, which has late night music of traditional folk music, this is a place for fun and romance, then some more romance followed by more fun.


In Lasithi

Looking over the wide expanse of Kato Zakros Bay and towards the striking entrance to the 'Gorge of the Dead' or Zakros Gorge, these villas made of local stone and wood are earthy and beautifully located in a place of peace and quiet in eastern Crete.

Terra Minoika Villas take their name from the Minoan people who lived here centuries agoTerra Minoika Villas take their name from the Minoan people who lived here centuries ago


Visit Terra Minoika Villas, see the Zakros Palace ancient site and receive  wonderful local hospitality and guidance to enjoy hiking in this rocky, remote and lesser-known region.



By the Beach

Accommodation Crete - this unique building is beautifully situated on a point next to a cove and beach. If you are looking to write your next novel, or even your first novel, this could be the peace and quiet you are searching for.

Or rent out a few of the rooms for a family gathering, plenty of privacy and your own beaches.

The Stone House is a beautifully restored store house used for seaside deliveries, with its own private sandy cove.

Karavos Beach is 10 km east of Agios Nikolaos in the east of Crete, this house makes an ideal base for exploring eastern Crete.



Restored Rural Beauty

Just 5 km from Knossos and close to both Heraklion and the Heraklion International Airport, the delightfully atmospheric rural village of Archanes is renown for its character and architecture.

The Villa Arhontiko makes the most of a restored aristocratic house, offering plenty of authentic local flavour.

Arhontiko Studios, Arhanes Village, close to Heraklion and Knossos


Getting Here

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

More on flights and ferries below.


Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.

When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and easy online booking. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid, electric or regular vehicles.


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