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We have selected small hotels that are run by locals, with location and style top of the list.
Our choices of cottages, rural guesthouses or agrotourism experiences in the small villages and mountains of Crete. Each of these is handpicked and small, with the character of Crete.
We have carefully chosen lovely places within walking distance to the beach. Our choices are small and charming. perfect for a relaxing summer holiday, plunging into the crystal blue water on impulse!
For a massage or spa treatment, or to find a yoga or detox retreat in Crete, consult our spa and wellness pages.
"One of my favourite guesthouses in Crete is the Dalabelos Estate just outside of Rethymnon. This place epitomises the Cretan rural lifestyle and showcases our olive oil, fresh food and music. Another is the Eco Village Milia in the mountains in Chania, this is an organic farm and truly grass roots experience".
"If I had to choose a favourite hotel in Crete, it would be impossible; I do love the Villa Venezia in the old town of Chania. I love its location next to the limani, in amongst the narrow laneways of the old town. I also love the stone and wood creations of the Terra Minoika Villas by Ilias and Stella in Kato Zakros, they are a magnificent homage to the Cretan landscape".
"Of course, one of my favourite indulgences is a spa treatment and a massage, so I would have to choose one of the spa hotels of Crete, like Creta Palace, just because I love the ambience of the Elixir Spa. I also love the history of the Arhontiko Studios in Arhanes..."
Mama Nena pension in the old town of Chania (above) is a unique, small, boutique guesthouse located right on the waterfront of the Venetian harbour.
With stylish presentation, personal service and only three rooms, it really lives up to its name of 'Charming Hotel'. This beautifully restored building is a feature of the harbour views from every angle a magical historic feature of the limani...
More information and bookings at Mama Nena Charming Hotel...
With 9 individually decorated rooms, each with their own character, fabulous service, a chic bar and restaurant and history emanating from each brick, this is a romantic and sensual experience in Crete.
Casa Moazzo Suites and Apartments - in the narrow laneways of Old Rethymnon Town - are one of the premier hospitality experiences of Crete. Allow the rustic charm and character of the suites to relax you, allow the staff to serve you with quality and patience and professionalism.
Book ahead as this is one of the top-rated hotels in Crete, deservedly so because of its stunning location, romantic mood and enchanting courtyards. With air conditioning, free wifi, a bar at your fingertips, a full concierge service and lush yet simple decor, this is simply a wonderful small hotel.
The Lato Hotel in Heraklion is our pick for service, style and convenience in the capital. Close to the airport, bus station and port, this hotel is also easy walking distance from all the highlights of town, such as the old fort, 25 August Street, Agios Titos Church, the Liondaria Fountain and the pedestrian shopping strees off Dedalou.
Be sure to ask for a sea view hotel, and don't forget to leave time to experience the rooftop restaurant here, Herb's Garden. This is modern Greek cuisine with one of the best views in the city, stay for a meal or cocktails and enjoy the breezes in summer.
Very centrally located, within easy walking distance to the lake, the harbour, downtown museums, shopping and cafe-bars, as well as the departure dock for boat trips visiting Spinalonga Island or sailing on Mirabello Bay, this is wonderful modern hotel in this cosmopolitan town.
See our page on choosing an airport here.
Ferries from Athens to Crete leave daily and the crossing takes about 9 hours. You can arrive into Souda Port near Chania or Heraklion Port.
More details about getting to Crete below.
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Crete is a large island 260 by 60 km with hundreds of miles of
roads, it really makes sense to hire a car. There are large mountain
ranges, wide valleys and farming land, hundreds of beaches and four
major towns to visit. Self-drive explorations off-the-beaten-track are
rewarding, with something new to discover at every turn...
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