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The Villages of Crete

It is the inland villages of Crete, untouched by mass tourism, that are the essence of Crete. Travellers and visitors are always welcome. Hospitality is ingrained in the Cretan way of life, it is respected and understood.

Villages of Crete, Miamou (image by Dinos)

Village by Village

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See the villages marked on the map below

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Accommodation at rural retreats - cottages, country guesthouses and pensions on the map - choose by location

Chania in the West

Kaliviani village street

Kaliviani is a small, traditional village in the very north-west of Crete, 44 km from Chania town. It is located close to Kissamos Port and Balos Lagoon.

Theriso Gorge

Theriso is a mountain village just 18 km from Chania where an important historical uprising took place in 1905. In this beautiful gorge country is the real essence of Kriti.

Kalives Beach

Plaka Village in Apokoronas near Chania sits at the base of Mount Drapanokefala (shown) over looking Almirida and Kalives Beaches and Souda Bay.

Chora Sfakion village

Chora Sfakion located 75 km south of Chania, in the proud Sfakian region. Depart from here to southern seaside villages such as Loutro and Agia Roumeli.

Georgioupolis Crete

Georgioupolis is 42 km east of Chania town on the north coast of Crete, surrounded by beaches. With the cutest little white chapel in Greece, and close to Lake Kournas and Rethymnon, this makes a great base from which to explore Crete.

Rethymnon in the Central West

Spili village fountain

Spili Village, with its fountain of lion's heads, is in the centre of Rethymnon. Rest next to the flowing waters on your drive through the hinterland.

Plakias Crete

Plakias is a small seaside village 35 km south of Rethymnon Town, with magnificent bays and beaches. The cliffsides make it popular with rock climbers and there are local coastal walking tracks.


Margarites village in the centre of the island, 30 km south-east of Rethymnon Town, is a beautiful village offering pottery and plenty more.

A shepherd's hut or mitato in the mountains of Crete

Anogeia Village in the high mountains of Psiloritis or the Ida range, is a proud mountain village with a great history. Try fresh mountain cheeses here and learn about the life of the mountain shepherds.

Spili (image by Tango)Spili Village sits in the fertile Amari Valley

Heraklion in the Central East

Fodele village

Fodele the birthplace of El Greco, is in a lush valley full of mandarins and oranges. The village huddles over the rushing stream amongst shady trees.

Archanes Village, Crete

Archanes Village in the central north of the island, is 14 km from Heraklion town and only 7 km from the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos. A beautiful village with many beautifully restored buildings, it sits amongst vineyards.

Archanes village

Archanes Hotels, Traditional Villas and Studios - relax after your flight, arrive in to Heraklion airport and get into the country immediately at Archanes. Stay in a village home and begin to unwind.

Vori village church

Vori or Voroi Village in southern central Crete is a protected historically significant village in a rich, fertile valley. Experience the real Crete.

Matala Beach, Crete

Matala is an interesting beach village on the south coast of the island with a colourful history and unusual rock formations.

Kamilari Village, Crete

Kamilari is a small village sitting on a cluster of hills in southern Heraklion. Set in prime agricultural land and close to ancient sites such as Phaistos and Gortyn.

Lake Zaros, Heraklion Crete

Zaros is a mountain village near Mt Psiloritis, close to Lake Votomos and Rouvas Gorge. Get away from the beach in the heat of summer, enjoy the cooling waters here.

Kerasia village

Kerasia is a small modern village set in the rolling foothills of Psiloritis in Heraklion region, surrounded by grapevines, olive trees and perivólia.

Dafnes Village, Heraklion

Dafnes is 18 km south of Heraklion town and home to a vibrant wine industry. Visit wineries, taste the local wines and stay at the tavernas for lunch before driving south to ancient sites or the beaches of the south coast.

Avdou Village, Heraklion Crete

Avdou is located in a pretty valley just 18 km from Malia in the north of Crete. Surrounded by gardens, orchards and olive groves, it is a centre for organic farming.

Kamilari Village

Villages of Crete
Lasithi in the East

Lasithi plateau, Crete

Tzermiado is a small village on the beautiful Lasithi Plateau, surrounded by fertile gardens and ringed by the Dikti Mountains.

Elounda, Crete

Elounda sitting on a bay 11 km from Agios Nikolaos in Lasithi, is one of the most luxurious villages in Crete.

Villages of Crete - Kritsa

Kritsa is 10 km from Agios Nikolaos in the foothills of the Dikti Mountains. A proud Cretan village of Lasithi prefecture, in the east of the island. This village is so pretty it has been chosen as a movie set, and its steep streets are full of atmosphere. An ancient site sits atop the nearby hillside, Lato was a city in Dorian times, during the fifth and fourth centuries BC.

Palekastro Village

Palaikastro near Vai beach in the west of the island, is a lovely village of Crete. Surrounded by olive groves, it sits near the beaches of Chionia and Kouremenos. Windsurfers love this area, dotted about are villas and domatia, then you will stumble upon an ancient Minoan site, this is Roussolakkos, dating back to 2000 BC.

Map of the Villages of Crete

Below you will see the villages of Crete featured on our website 'We Love Crete' on the map:

Map of Rural Retreats in Crete

Whether you are looking for a room to rent, a guesthouse, an eco cottage or a B&B, we have plenty of choices on our pages for you to enjoy a relaxed rural sojourn in or near the villages of Crete.

We share beautiful villas and holiday homes with plenty of space for all the family, or indeed many families coming together for an event or a family reunion, close to or in the villages of Crete.

Rural Accommodation in Crete

Sokaki House Kaliviani Crete
Arhontiko Studios, Archanes, Heraklion


Enjoy the villages of Crete whilst on your own healthy holiday retreat.

8 Day Detox Retreat in Crete

6 Day Detox Retreat in Crete - enjoy a small mountain village, views to the sea, fresh air, yoga and meditation and quiet in the rural retreat near Amiras village, located 63 km south-east of Heraklion town.

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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