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Self Catering in Crete Greece

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Self Catering in Crete Greece - find your perfect spot in Crete that won't break the budget.

Self Catering in Crete Greece - Western Crete

Self Catering in Crete Greece - western Crete in the region of Chania, use Chania Airport Code CHQ.

Christos Place looking over the sea
Christos Place Living Room

Christo's Place - a holiday with amazing sea views set in a tiny village in the south of Crete. Visit Palaiochora for more village buzz and beautiful beaches. Cater for the family here or visit local tavernas.

"The village is nicely small and peaceful. The house is located in a wonderful location, with excellent views. You can go hiking directly from the house. The house and yard are amazing (well designed). Everything you need can be found in the house. It is about a 10-minute drive to the beach. A wonderful destination for couples!"

Elia Rustic Apartments Theriso Crete

Elia Rustic Apartments - you can easily self-cater in these charming 2-bedroom traditional apartments or visit local tavernas. Experience the real Crete in Theriso Village, close to Chania. Free parking and air conditioning.

"Very nice and big apartment located in a lovely village. The apartment is new. Loved the balcony with the mountain view. Good wi-fi and comfortable bed."

Villa Archontaraki in Kalilviani is a home away from home with Cretan character perfect for self-catering.
Villa Archontariki View

Villa Archontaraki in Kalilviani is a home away from home with Cretan character perfect for self-catering. Welcoming 8 guests in comfort with a private pool.

"The villa is beautiful and ultra clean. The views from the bedrooms are memorable. The freshwater pool was an instant hit. The location was perfect for access to restaurants. We arrived at the villa around 11pm and the family-run restaurant next door served us an excellent meal which we very much enjoyed and made us welcome. It was great that we could also get takeaways from the different restaurants, The peace and quiet of the villa and the environs were very much welcomed and we hope to return soon."

Manoli's House in Douliana - west Crete
Manoli's House Crete

Manoli's House in Douliana is perfect for couples, completely private and self-contained, surrounded by nature yet in a small village. Just 27 km from Chania town and 2.8 km from Kalives Beach in the west of Crete.

"We couldn't have expected more from our hosts. Not only they were very friendly and available, but also hey helped us in many situations. Besides, the house is as lovely & charming as it seems on the pictures, and so does the garden."

Central Crete

Self Catering in Crete Greece - central Crete in the region of Rethymnon and Heraklion, use Heraklion Airport Code HER.

Evridiki's Housein Pitsidia Village, central Crete near Matala
Evridiki's House Pitsidia Crete
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At Evridiki's House Apartment and Studio 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.

"Pitsidia is a very convenient location, and Evridiki's House is a great choice. The apartment is very large for a couple, with a nice and well equipped courtyard. The kitchen has everything you'd wish for, and the owner was extremely helpful whenever we needed any help."

Vintage House in Vori village in central Crete
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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.

"Great value for money. The basics, clean and tidy, plus a nice environment to sit just outside the room. The hosts are very nice and friendly. Everything was exactly as we expected."

Eastern Crete

Self Catering in Crete Greece - eastern Crete in the region of Lasithi, use Heraklion Airport Code HER.

Jasmine House Sitia Crete
Jasmin House Sitia Crete - Patio

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.

"Jasmine House is a nice little terraced house in lush wild garden. We had it totally quiet and in the outdoor area quite private. It is quite well furnished. Good wifi."

Eleon Villa - Elounda Crete
Eleon Villa near Elounda

Eleon Villa - this contemporary styled villa sits high on the hill overlooking the stunningly beautiful bay of Elounda, and features 4 bedrooms welcoming 16 guests easily, in style. Allow your guests to relax under one roof, whilst being perfectly situated to explore the island or attend your special event.
The character-filled design gives many opportunities to take in the magnificent view, as does the infinity pool. Stay minutes from Elounda Village and Elounda Beach and 10 km from the vibrant town of Agios Nikolaos in eastern Crete.

“The villa was lovely, in a secluded position with beautiful views. Maria and her staff were helpful and informative throughout our stay.”

Almond Tree Villas near Elounda, Crete
Almond Tree Villa Crete

Elounda Collection Villa - this 5 bedroom villa sleeps 9 in comfort plus one on the sofa bed.

With 2 bathrooms, a pool and gardens, excellent quality of amenities including BBQ areas, patios, terraces, kitchens, air-conditioning and sun lounges.

This villa are best accessed with a vehicle as the nearest beach is 20 minutes away, at Elounda Beach.

Explore the Lasithi region from this location.

"A hidden gem. I loved this traditional Cretan villa tucked in the hills at the back of Plaka. So peaceful and the view of the sea and the olive trees is beautiful. The pool was an added bonus as it was hot and the shade of the trees perfect. The villa was very traditional so had lots of character. The village is quiet with a lovely taverna serving delicious food. The host, Nikos, responded promptly and access to the property was easy. For a different and quiet getaway I would highly recommend this villa."

Tips for Travellers

The road to Frangokastello in the south of CreteThe road to Frangokastello in the south of Crete

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do you love independent travel? We love to really experience a country and a culture. So that is why we love to share our understanding of Crete with our visitors and help them plan their own personal journeys. Each journey will be different, that is the beauty of it.

Travelling is about exploring and allowing serendipity to enhance your experience, inform yourself, make a plan, then be open to the magic!

Our visitors have asked many questions about travelling in Crete over the years, here you can see their questions and our answers and many, many itineraries for exploring Crete in different ways...

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The mini guides are route suggestions put together by the team at We Love Crete to allow you to choose your own route through the back roads of Crete.

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.

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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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