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.

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, with its fountain of lion's heads, is in the centre of Rethymnon.

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.

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

Heraklion in the Central East...

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

Lake Zaros, Heraklion Crete

Zaros is a mountain village in Iraklion nomos, close to Lake Votomos and Rouvas Gorge.


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.

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 Iraklion town and home to a vibrant wine industry.

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 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.

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 VillageKamilari Village

Villages of Crete
Lasithi in the East...

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

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.

Elounda, Crete

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

Palekastro Village

Palekastro 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...

Kamares Houses in Maheroi, Rethymnon

Arhontiko Studios, Archanes, Heraklion

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