Chania Accommodation

Villas in the West of Crete

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Top Tips from We Love Crete

Chania Accommodation – find your ideal family or romantic villa near a beautiful beach in the Xania region of Crete. Choose from our top tips near our chosen Chania beaches.

Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi Beach with unique pink sandElafonisi Beach with unique pink sand

This protected beach sits at the very south-western tip of Crete. Its isolation and remoteness make it a very attractive and unique beach to visit for the day. Its pink sands and beautiful natural islets create a wonderland surrounded by turquoise waters. Choose a villa within driving distance that meets your family’s needs.

Top Tip from We Love Crete

Our top tip is
Mouri Villa (below) with its beautiful 18th Century character building which has been totally renovated with modern comforts.

Mouri Villa courtyard with doorMouri Villa courtyard and beautiful doorway

This one bedroom house sits adjacent to a newly built three bedroom home, all providing the essential character of the traditional Cretan architecture. The pool, spa and modern kitchens as well as the location make this a perfect pick for couples or families wanting to experience country life and village life. Explore the nearby Topolia Gorge and Elafonisi Beach.

Mouri Villa courtyard with dappled lightThis villa is 38 km from Elafonisi Beach - just right for a honeymoon in Crete

Falasarna Beach

Falasarna Beach is a wide sandy beachFalasarna Beach is a wide sandy beach

Falasarna Beach actually has five different coves to explore and a very wide big long sandy beach, perfect for relaxing and watching the sunset. The ancient ruins of Falasarna sit just behind the beach.

Top Tip from We Love Crete

Our top tip is Platanos Villa made of traditional stone and wood yet with an exquisite view and only 6 km from Falasarna Beach and Ruins. Be warned that hot house vegetable farms form large tracts near this beach.

Platanos Villa in Crete is near Falasarna BeachPlatanos Villa 6 km from Falasarna and 39 km from Elafonisi Beach

This villa has three bedrooms, four bathrooms and an accommodate up to 8 guests. Features include a private pool, dishwasher, wireless internet and peace and quiet, perfect for Crete luxury holidays.

Platanos Villa in Crete is near Falasarna BeachPlatanos Family Villa is 52 km from Chania International Airport

Platanias Beach

Platanias BeachPlatanias Beach in Crete

This beach is only 11 km from Chania town and has all you could ask, tavernas, cafes, bars and restaurants as well as water activities. Staying in a villa near here gives you the best of both worlds; the beach and the historic centre of Chania.

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Our top tip Harmony villa in the olive groves only 8.5 km from Platanias. Moreover the other long beaches of Maleme and Kolimbari are also close. This large villa is perfect for a family reunion, has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a pool.

Harmony Villa, Tavronitis, Chania, CreteEat al fresco with the family using the pizza oven

The whole family or many families will enjoy the spacious rooms, private garden, lovely views and closeness to Tavronitis village. Visit the beaches and markets in nearby Voukoulies village.

Harmony Villa, western CreteHarmony Villa, just relax

Chania Accommodation
Stavros Beach

The stunning landscape of Stavros Beach in CreteThe stunning landscape of Stavros Beach in Crete

This beach became famous after the movie 'Zorba the Greek' was released in 1964, as it forms the backdrop for the quintessential dance between the two characters. They danced the sirtaki συρτάκι, which since that movie has become famous as ‘the dance of Zorba’ and the music of Mikis Theodorakis recognised all around the world. The dramatic beach scenery, narrow calm cove and sandy beaches are perfect for summer holidays.

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Chania Accommodation - our top tip is the stunning Villa Penelope with uninterrupted sea views and modern styling.

Villa Penelope near Stavros Beach in CreteVilla Penelope near Stavros Beach in Crete

This villa accommodates 13 people with 6 rooms and 4 bathrooms. Laze away your days by the sea and pool, soaking in the colours blue, blue and blue. Visit the little cove of Tersanas Beach. There are two separate entrances to two 3 bedroom apartments, ideal for two families travelling together. Stavros Beach is shallow and safe for children.

Villa Penelope - CreteChoose from five local beaches within 5 km of this villa

Almyrida Seaside Village

The clear waters of Almyrida Beach in ChaniaThe clear waters of Almyrida Beach in Chania

This beach is lovely and sandy with clear waters, it runs along the south edge of Souda Bay and is surrounded with Plaka and Kalives beaches. The seaside village has tavernas and restaurants sitting on the sand with your pick of fresh seafood meals.

Villa Rouga - Chania Crete
Top Tip from We Love Crete

Our tip is the Villa Rouga (above) just outside Xirosternion village inland from Almyrida Beach, on the Apokoronas peninsula, in Chania.

The villa is very spacious with its high ceilings and a mix of traditional and contemporary styling.  Offering many spacse, a large gym and of course a pool. The view over the villages of Crete to the beach is breathtaking. Only 4.6 km from Almyrida Beach and close to village cafes and tavernas.

Villa Rouga - Chania CreteVilla Rouga - Chania Crete

Chania Accommodation - the Chania region is served by the Chania International Airport, which sits on the north-west coast of Crete, just 15 km from the regional capital.

The historic centre of Chania is beautiful, its Venetian harbour ringed with tavernas and cafes, its back streets narrow and twisted, full of atmosphere and dotted with art studios, boutiques and traditional craft studios.

The rugged, rocky mountains and gorges of this region hold the secrets to the character of the island and its people, visit Agia Irini Gorge or Samaria Gorge and the tiny south coast villages of Sougia, Agia Roumeli and Loutro. Explore the high White Mountains known as Lefka Ori and Askifou Plateau.

Nature lovers will enjoy Chania and find a wealth of diverse ecological areas for walking, hiking and trekking. Walk the E4 European Walking Trail which starts in Kastelli-Kissamos and weaves its way along coastal and alpine routes.

The other spectacular beaches of this region will take days to enjoy, you will need to double your holidays to see them all. Take a boat ride to the secret pirate cove of Balos Lagoon, visit the little white chapel on the water at Georgioupolis Beach, trek the mountains next to the sea at Sougia Beach.

The villas featured on this page for Chania accommodation require vehicle access as they are located in small villages or in the country. Hire a car easily with our partner Car Rental Centre Crete.

Ferries from Pireaus, the port of Athens, arrive into Souda Bay 7 km from Chania town regularly. More about getting to Crete here.

Falasarna Beach in Chania (image by Taver)Falasarna Beach

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.

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