Crete Self Catering Accommodation

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Vai Palm Beach and Forest, eastern Crete
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Crete Self Catering Accommodation - for couples, families or solo travellers, our family has tips for you.

Stay in the west or the east of Crete, near the beach or surrounded by olive groves, rent a home or find budget accommodation.

Arrive in the west by the airport or ferry port at Chania. Get to the east by the airport and ferry port at Heraklion or port at Agios Nikolaos. In the east arrive at Sitia Airport.

Crete Self Catering
for Couples

Oreastro Stone Cottage is self-catering, located in the west of Crete close to Chania International Airport CHQ.

Oreastro Stone Cottage - oh so romantic! Located between the major towns of Chania and Rethymnon, this is a perfect spot to base yourself in Crete. A gorgeous fully equipped country kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating. Private terrace under the olive trees. From here explore the two Venetian townships, Samaria Gorge, the White Mountains and take your pick of beautiful beaches on both the north and south coasts. West Crete.

The Sitia Windmill is located in eastern Crete, 11 km from Sitia Airport JSH.

The Sitia Windmill is perfect for couples because of the privacy. Secluded in a luxurious garden, with all cooking facilities, this authentic stone windmill has been converted to a very comfortable, homey pad. Close to Sitia and beaches. East Crete.

Crete Self Catering
for Solo Travellers

Villa Mitos is located in western Crete, 65 km from Chania International Airport CHQ.

Villa Mitos has 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms with a warm traditional villa style yet in a completely modern setup with a gorgeous shared pool. Only 5 km from Rethymnon and close to the national road and beaches, this makes a perfect spot from which to explore the island.

This is a great choice for solo travellers because Kostas and Maria will look after you with true Cretan hospitality, and you are in the lovely village of Atsipopoulos. West Crete.

Jasmine House is located in eastern Crete, 11 km from Sitia Airport JSH.

Jasmine House is a home away from home with a lovely kitchen and all facilities you need to explore the beautiful region of Sitia. This location is best visited with a car. Close to Sitia town and airport, also close to the extraordinary Vai Palm Beach. Visit the nearby Toplou Monastery to taste their locally grown wines, the Kazarma in Sitia and Erimoupolis Beach nearby. East Crete.

Crete Self Catering
on a Budget

Afroditi Aparthotel is located within the walls of the old town of Rethymnon in western Crete, 67 km from Chania International Airport CHQ.

Afrodite Aparthotel is your budget self-catering choice within the walls of the old town of Rethymnon. All rooms include a large, fully equipped kitchen. Be in the centre of the old zone, step out to explore the history, museums, enjoy the cafe scene and tavernas.

The Venetian Old Port is ringed with restaurants, we suggest heading to the seaside where you can still try fresh local seafood without the busy laneways.

See local Kritiki Musiki in the tavernas at night. The fast rhythms of lyre and loutos vibrate throughout the evening, and the unique sounds of Cretan folk music will enter your soul.

Evridiki's House is in Pitsidia Village in the south of central Crete, located 62 km from Heraklion International Airport HER.

At Evridiki's House you will be able to self-cater and visit the southern beaches easily. A typical traditional Cretan house, in the village of Pitsidia away from the tourists but close to Matala and other beautiful beaches. Central Crete.

At Matala Beach, see the ancient caves in the rock cliffs, and the beautiful beach which drew hippies in the 60's and 70's. Enjoy crystal clear waters and many cafes, restaurants and tavernas. Try the fresh seafood, or walk to nearby beaches.

Vintage House is located in Vori village in the south of central Crete, 59 km from Heraklion International Airport HER.

Also in the centre of the island, in the historically significant village of Vori, is the Vintage House, another budget self-catering gem. Experience the real Crete, enjoy this thriving community yet be close to beaches and the Libyan Sea. Close also to Phaistos Minoan Palace. Central Crete.

Vori village has been recognised as a significant historical village, and still retains a great deal of authenticity and charm. Relax in the village square.

Crete Self Catering
for Families 1-8 Guests

Gardenia Garden House looks over Souda Bay within 7 km of Chania International Airport CHQ.
Gardenia Guest House also has magic views and good elevation, surrounded by olive groves.

Gardenia Garden House can be rented in conjunction with Gardenia Guest House or by itself.

The Garden House has magnificent views and sleeps 4 guests, the Guest House sleeps 2 guests. Both are very private, set in an olive grove.

A beautiful location just 7 km from Chania Airport and just outside the small village of Sternes on the Acrotiri peninsula, this lovely home is only 15 km from the Old Town of Chania.

The views across Souda Bay are magnificent, the outdoor terrace a wonderful gathering place for lunch, dinner or cocktails after a hard day of sightseeing around this gorgeous region of Chania. West Crete.

Relax and unwind in this quiet location, Villa Lemoni is a mix of traditional and modern, 66 km from Heraklion town.

Villa Lemoni - sleeps 6 guests with a pool and plenty of space, and views to the mountains. Set on the edge of the village of Kamilari, you will need a car to enjoy this location. Central Crete, a comfortable drive from many of the local beaches and archaeological sites. Central Crete.

Kamilari village, so called because it sits on two hills that look like humps, is a busy, friendly village in the hinterland behind Matala. With many cafes and tavernas, you can enjoy village life with a breeze off the sea in the evenings.

Crete Self Catering
for Families 8+

Ioanna Villa is located in the village of Plaka in Chania, 33 km from Chania International Airport CHQ.

This stylish home with magical views is just outside of Plaka in Apokoronas in Chania, is 27 km from Chania Old Town in western Crete, and only 1.6 km from the beach at Almyrida.

With 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms Villa Ioanna easily accommodates 12 guests for a holiday in comfort.

Tips for self catering villas for your large family gathering.


More tips here for larger family groups, for your reunion, big party or wedding...accommodation for 8+ guests...

Crete Self Catering Tips

Crete Self Catering Accommodation

  • Choose the west or the east of the island - try to focus on one area
  • Choose your airport - this will help you choose the west or the east
  • Arrive in the west by the airport or ferry port at Chania CHQ. Get to the east by the airport and ferry port at Heraklion HER or port at Agios Nikolaos. In the east arrive at Sitia Airport JSH.
  • Be careful to check if you need to hire a car for rural homes, or double check the local bus timetables KTEL
  • Choose a village in the hinterland, away from the coast or towns, for a really authentic visit to the island
  • The north coast is generally busier, this is where the towns and airports are located
  • The south coast is more remote and must be reached by crossing the mountain ranges
  • All of the homes on this page are completely self-catering
  • For other properties, always double-check the photographs of the home to ensure the kitchen is completely self-catering, or write directly to the owners


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