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For town accommodation we have chosen guest houses that are traditionally Cretan, or small and authentic, charming and to us, truly reflect the character of Crete. Many are family-run by locals, however some are luxury offerings.
The most atmospheric place to stay in Chania is within the walls of the old town, close to the Venetian harbour. Ideally, choose a small guesthouse a few streets back from the water's edge, as the tavernas around the bay can get a little noisy in peak season.
The stunning small laneways of the old town are mesmerising and very tempting to explore, the atmosphere of Chania is difficult to compare, it has its own character, linked to the past yet vibrant with modern galleries, jewellery studios, fashion boutiques and of course, lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.
Contrasting architectural forms are dotted about the harbour; such as Fort Finca, hundreds of Venetian structures and the white Mosque of the Janissaries, build during Turkish occupation of the island. We really do recommend exploring Chania before you leave Kriti...
The old town of Rethymnon is charming, with its narrow laneways and fortezza, there are historic sights at every turn. To really experience the tone of this beautiful harbour town, stay in the Venetian old town in a restored mansion or guesthouse.
Heraklion is in the centre of Crete, and location of the port receiving ferries from all over Greece, and an international airport. It is a modern town with a vibrant pulse. We have chosen some excellent central hotels, close to everything.
Many of our visitors write to us to ask about budget accommodation, as they are island hopping around Greece. Below are our budget suggestions for Heraklion, from where you can take the ferry to Santorini...
Agios Nikolaos, in the east of Crete, is one of the prettiest towns on the island.
With a cozy harbour, a stunning lake and beaches stretching for miles, this is a thriving Greek seaside town with loads of life and style.
We have suggested four hotels close to the harbour, which make it easy to stroll out to dinner and also convenient for catching a ferry from the large ferry port. Ferries leave here for Sitia and Karpathos and on to Rhodes...
Ierapetra is one of the sunniest locations in Crete, sitting on the south-eastern coast, and is a lesser developed part of the island, with wonderful beaches and mountains to explore.