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Sit back and relax with Crete villas
With limitless stretches of breathtaking mountains and cavernous ravines, all surrounded by one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, Crete is a wonderful holiday destination for everyone, whether you're looking for an adventure or you just want to relax by the beach. The Mediterranean climate here makes the summers ideal for sunbathers, whilst the winters remain mild and sunny, with snow only reaching the tops of the mountains here.
Step back into ancient times and discover the history of Crete
Crete is an island embedded with history. Going as far back as the second millenium BC, there are plenty of archaeological sites well worth seeing during your stay in Crete apartments. There are several palaces from the Minoan period that you can visit during your holiday here such as Knossos, which was the capital of Minoan Crete (being home to the largest of the island's palaces), as well as the palaces of Malia and Zakros. Crete is also believed to be the setting of some of the most significant aspects of Greek mythology, such as being the birthplace of Zeus and the location of the Minotaur's maze. If you're particularly interested in Ancient Greek history, then why not book a ferry from Crete to Athens in mainland Greece for a day trip and discover even more about this country's rich past?
Picturesque fishing villages surround the island and provide a real life glimpse into Greece’s ancient past, you can talk with the local fishermen and craftsmen, and stop into pubs to hear the ancient lore and music that stems way back into time. Buy some freshly caught fish to fry up in your self catering holiday home for a truly memorable holiday meal experience. It would be amiss, not to mention the glorious harbors and port cities. The Chania region to the west of Crete exhibits several historic periods: Venetian, Ottoman and modern day Greek influence converge to create a beautiful architectural cornucopia beneath the towering White Mountains on the eastern horizon.
Soak up the natural beauty at Samaria Gorge National Park
During your stay in a villa in Crete, be sure to explore its natural landscape. To begin to fully grasp the natural splendour of the Minoan Island, a day trip to the Samaria Gorge National Park is in order. With extensive hiking trails offering stunning views at every turn, this park in Crete provides a wonderful environment for the adventurer within you. You may even catch the hint of a sea breeze wafting through the ravine, as the park is positioned towards the coast in the south-east region of the island.
Take a stroll along the beaches of Crete
With a coastline over 1000 kilometres long, your Crete villas are unlikely to be to far from the beach. The northern coast is particularly popular amongst tourists, with seaside resorts such as Gouves and Georgioupolis offering holidaymakers soft golden sand to lay on and clear blue waters to swim in. So if you're looking for something similar to the beaches of Corfu and Santorini, then these are the places to visit. Despite the decades of tourism pounding the island, and the development of major coastal resorts, there are still quite a number of idyllic, secluded beaches. If your holiday rental property is to the south of the island, Palaiochora is a beautiful beach worth making a trip to during your stay, as it provides you with an authentic experience of Greek island life rather than the usual hustle and bustle of tourist zones. Regardless of which beach on the island of Crete you go for in the end, there is sure to be an exciting and vibrant nightlife for you to experience after your day relaxing by the sea. If you'd rather avoid the tourist areas altogether, then one of the smaller Ionian Islands such as Paxos may be a better choice of holiday destination for you.
Cultural highlights in Crete
Just a few miles from the capital Heraklion, you will admire the Palace of Knossos, the most important archaeological site of your vacation resort. On some of the historic buildings you will admire well-preserved frescoes depicting sports competitions, animals and other motifs.
A tour of Heraklion's old town is also worthwhile. The Venetian loggia with large arcades in the Renaissance style is one of the architectural jewels. Also noteworthy is the church Agios Titos, decorated with crystal patterns and colorful windows.
After about 30min drive from Rethimno you will reach the impressive Arkadi Monastery. In the historic dining hall is now a museum, which tells about the Greek freedom fighters. Furthermore, the small monastery church with Renaissance facade is worth seeing.
Trips to the most beautiful beaches
The 662 miles long coast of Crete offers the best conditions for a multi-faceted beach vacation. The Elafonissi Beach in the west inspire with pink shimmering sand and gently sloping shore. In most seasons, the coastline is connected to the charming island of Elafonissi by a narrow headland. Families enjoy splashing in the warm waters of the lagoon on the beach.
If you feel like resting, take a boat to Chrissi Island, which is located south of Crete. Through a dense cedar forest with trees up to 300 years old, it goes from the ship's facility to the northern beach, where the well-known Golden Beach is located.
Water sports enthusiasts go into raptures on Falassarna Beach on the west coast. In the crystal clear water there is good visibility for snorkeling and diving. In addition, the conditions are perfect for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Stand-up paddling rounds off the multi-faceted water sports on offer.
Relaxed vacation for families in vacation home in Crete
The 3,300 feet long and up to 490 feet wide beach of Falassarna on the west coast of Crete presents itself like an oversized sandbox. Here the shore gets deeper only slowly and is therefore well suited for splashing. The three protected bays of Agii Apostoli beach are also predestined for family vacations.
The Watercity water park, just a few kilometers from Iraklio airport, delights with sensational slides such as the Turbo Cyclone or Multi Race, where several people race into the cool water at the same time.
Top sights in Crete
Beach of Elafonissi
The beach of Elafonissi is a popular bathing beach on the island of Crete, with fine sand and extensive dunes near the offshore marine nature park.
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Center
The Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Center is a small natural history museum, petting zoo and sanctuary for stray reptiles all at once.
Balos Beach and Lagoon
The turquoise sea and the fine, soft coral sand of the lagoon are reminiscent of the Caribbean. Thanks to the sheltered location, perfect swimming conditions prevail here, which is why the beach is also recommended for children.
Archeological Museum of Heraklion
The Archaeological Museum offers a variety of well-preserved finds in 20 halls, such as from Knossos, Agia Triada and other excavation sites on the island of Crete.
Old Town of Rethymnon
The narrow, winding streets of Rethymnon are now home to numerous restaurants and souvenir stores. Well-preserved historic buildings include the Great Gate, the Porta Guora, the Neratzes Mosque and the Rimondi Fountain dating from 1629 with its four conical columns.
Frequently asked questions
What are the most popular accommodations on Crete?
The most popular accommodation types on Crete are villa and apartment rental. With 2,169 accommodations on Crete, the perfect holiday home is only one click away.
What does it cost to rent a holiday home on Crete?
With Casamundo, you will find holiday rentals on Crete starting from as little as £38. On average, properties on Crete will have a size of 68 m² (Apartment rental) and 218 m² (Villa).
Do you also offer accommodations that are suitable for groups on Crete ?
We have a great range of accommodations for groups on Crete. On average, the villa has space for 8 guests.
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