Crete Villa Holidays 2017 | Villa Plus

Holiday Villa Holidays In Crete
44 villas found

Introduction to Crete
Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, has had a fascinating history, and every square foot of it has a story to tell. A Villa Plus holiday provides a fantastic base from which to explore this rich island. [more] You will relish the exceptional climate, dramatic scenery and snow-capped mountains, a spectacular coastline and lovely beaches, some fascinating towns with interesting history and architecture influenced by both Venetians and Turks, and many delightful little villages and hamlets. The main towns have all you need if you can tear yourself away from your private pool, including great shops and restaurants, and they share a rich history and culture. Chania is surrounded by a landscape of fertile plains, dramatic mountains, deep gorges and lovely beaches. It is a place of two halves: the buzzing new town and the atmospheric old town, with well-preserved reminders of its Venetian and Turkish past. Rethymnon has a romantic harbour and old town with great seafood restaurants and buzzing nightlife, a huge, central sandy beach with water sports galore, and impressive mountain scenery with charming villages to explore. [less] Download Crete resort guide(pdf)
Best for...
  • Largest of the Greek Islands
  • Explore the towns & harbours
  • Enjoy the sublime Greek cuisine!
  • A rich history to be explored
  • Hot Summer temperatures
  • Take a boat to Spinalonga

Your Crete Guide
Almancil Branqueira PraiaDoura Albufeira Guia Lagos QuintaDoLago ValeDoLobo Villamoura OlhosDagua FortSaoJoau SaoRafael Coelha Castelo Gale ArmacaoDePera Carvoeiro Ferragudo Luz Ferragudo Albufeira QuintaDoLago ValeDoLobo Villamoura OlhosDagua PraiaDoura FortSaoJoau SaoRafael Coelha Castelo Gale ArmacaoDePera Carvoeiro Almancil Branqueira Guia Luz Lagos Calpe Moraira Javea Calpe Moraira Javea Pula Rovinj Porec Pula Rovinj Porec Dassia barbati Nissaki Kalami AgiosStefanos Avlaki Kassiopi Acharavi Sidari Roda Paleokastritsa Dassia barbati Nissaki Kalami AgiosStefanos Avlaki Acharavi Kassiopi Sidari Roda Paleokastritsa Istron Elounda Hersonissos Gouves Rethymnon Istron Elounda Hersonissos Gouves Rethymnon Protaras StGeorges Chloraka CoralBay Peyia Latchi Polis Protaras Chloraka CoralBay StGeorges Peyia Latchi Polis Lajares Corralejo Lajares Corralejo Skala OldSkala Katelios Lourdas Trapezaki Spartia Svoronata Lassi Fiskardo Skala OldSkala Katelios Lourdas Trapezaki Spartia Svoronata Lassi Fiskardo PlayaBlanca PuertoCalero PuertoDelCarmen Matagorda PlayaBlanca PuertoCalero PuertoDelCarmen Matagorda CalaDor Aucanada BonAire PuertoPollensa CalaSanVicente Pollensa Alcudia CalaDor Aucanada Alcudia BonAire Pollensa PuertoPollensa CalaSanVicente PuntaPrima Salgar Mahon Binibeca EsCanutells CalanPorter SonBou SantoTomas CalanGaldana CalanBosch CalaBlanca CalanBlanes ArenalDenCastell SonParc PlayaDeFornels CalanForcat Ciutadella SantLuis Mahon Salgar PuntaPrima Binibeca EsCanutells CalanPorter SonBou SantoTomas CalanGaldana CalanBosch CalaBlanca CalanBlanes CalanForcat Ciutadella ArenalDenCastell SonParc PlayaDeFornels SantLuis Lardos Pefkos Lindos Kalathos Pefkos Lardos Lindos Kalathos Mijas Marbella Estepona Guadalmina SanPedroDeAlcantara PuertoBanus Marbesa Calahonda MijasCosta Fuengirola BenalmadenaCosta TorroxCosta Nerja Frigiliana Estepona Guadalmina SanPedroDeAlcantara PuertoBanus Marbella Marbesa Calahonda MijasCosta Fuengirola Mijas BenalmadenaCosta TorroxCosta Nerja Frigiliana PlayaDeLasAmericas CostaAdeje Fanabe LaCaleta CallaoSalvaje PlayaDeLaArena PlayaDeLasAmericas CostaAdeje Fanabe LaCaleta CallaoSalvaje PlayaDeLaArena
Crete
If you just want to relax under a brilliant blue sky, you’ve come to the right place – the beaches of Crete are spectacular, and your own pool at the villa is quiet and private for soaking up the rays. Or you may prefer a really active holiday, trying some of the many water sports on offer, or exploring the island, perhaps walking through the spectacular Samaria Gorge - the longest gorge in Europe. In the evening you can head for the harbour in either Chania or Rethymnon and eat luscious seafood or classic Cretan dishes such as prawn saganaki, lamb antichristo and boureki by the waterside, in the most romantic of settings. There are many more excellent tavernas and bars as well as interesting, independent shops to discover in the lively little streets between the harbour and the town centre.
Crete Villas
You can choose any one of our villas in Crete and enjoy a holiday you will dream about for many years to come! Our philosophy is simple. We want you to be happy. We want your villa holiday in the sunshine to bring a smile to your face every time you remember it for the rest of your life! So we pay attention to detail. We listen to what you tell us you want, and how we can make your experience even better. And if things do go wrong, we have someone on the spot who speaks your language and can sort out the problem – fast. We describe our villas and our resorts as honestly as we can, and will be happy to help you choose according to your circumstances and preferences. Our villas give you a brilliant base from which to explore, or a luxury home from home you need hardly leave at all! But if you do go on an adventure, you will return to a beautiful house with everything you need to be happy and comfortable, and a lovely, cool calm bedroom will be waiting for you after the heat of the day.
Meet The Team
Sally Jones
Sally Jones

Sally Jones is the manager for Villa Plus in Crete. She and her team have all lived on the island for many years and have accumulated lots of knowledge along the way to pass on to our customers. Lots of that knowledge is invaluable for making a good holiday a great holiday and some will be of the ‘well I didn’t know that!’ variety. Crete is actually 8.260 square kilometres! Information not likely to enhance your day but it may just win you the point in that general knowledge [more] quiz in bar down the road from the villa! We’re also there to help out whenever you need us whether it be an issue with some aspect of your holiday or explaining to the taxi driver that you want to go into town. It’s all important to us as we recognise that everyone’s holiday is special.
“The Crete team really want every customer to have a great holiday and go home with fabulous memories which they will look back at and reminisce about with friends and family. This is our focus from the time we do pre arrival checks of the villas to arranging last minute details prior to departure. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you in Crete! [less]
Villas per page:  10 | 20 | 40 | All
Order: 
  Previous  1|2|3|4|5  Next     

  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4 to 15
    click here for information
  • Heated Pool
    20 x 14 ft
  • Wifi
  • Tennis Court
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Beach ¾ mile
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £67 To: £370

Total
From: £939 To: £5179
Customer rating (1) :5/5
Villa Horizon, Chania, Crete
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 3 to 13
    click here for information
  • Heated Pool
    33 x 17 ft
  • Wifi
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1000 yds
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £90 To: £324

Total
From: £1079 To: £3889
Customer rating (2) :5/5
Villa Margarita Exi, Chania, Crete
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 11
    click here for information
  • Heated Pool
    33 x 17 ft
  • Wifi
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1000 yds
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £68 To: £350

Total
From: £679 To: £3499
Customer rating (1) :5/5
Villa Katerina Pente, Chania, Crete
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 8
  • Pool 32 x 17 ft
  • Wifi
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1 ½ miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £47 To: £320

Total
From: £379 To: £2559
Customer rating:
There are no ratings yet for this villa.
Villa Alexis House, Istron, Crete
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 9
    click here for information
  • Pool 26 x 17 ft
  • Wifi
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £51 To: £320

Total
From: £409 To: £2559
Customer rating (3) :5/5
Villa Erato, Rethymnon, Crete
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 7
    click here for information
  • Pool 26 x 13 ft
  • Wifi
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Beach 400 yds
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £82 To: £458

Total
From: £489 To: £2749
Customer rating (4) :5/5
Villa Anemos, Chania, Crete
New to Villa Plus
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 9
    click here for information
  • Pool 33 x 15 ft
  • Wifi
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Beach 1 ¼ miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £65 To: £360

Total
From: £519 To: £2879
Customer rating:
There are no ratings yet for this villa.
Villa Mulberry, Rethymnon, Crete
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 9
    click here for information
  • Heated Pool
    40 x 17 ft
  • Wifi
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Beach 2 miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £66 To: £337

Total
From: £529 To: £2699
Customer rating (1) :5/5
Villa Panorama Crete, Rethymnon, Crete
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 7
  • Pool 27 x 14 ft
  • Wifi
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Beach 2 miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Not Required
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £81 To: £408

Total
From: £569 To: £2859
Customer rating (1) :5/5
Villa Capri, Hersonissos, Crete
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 9
    click here for information
  • Heated Pool
    30 x 15 ft
  • Wifi
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Beach 2 miles
  • Free Air Con
  • Car Essential
Villa Only click here for information
Price Per Person
From: £74 To: £344

Total
From: £589 To: £2749
Customer rating (2) :5/5
Villa Clio, Chania, Crete
Villas per page:   10 | 20 | 40 | All
Order: 
  Previous  1|2|3|4|5  Next     
Crete Resorts

Chania, Crete’s second biggest town is on the North West Coast which is the greenest part of the island. The town is surrounded by a landscape of fertile plains, dramatic mountains, deep gorges and lovely beaches. It is a place of two halves: the buzzing modern town and the atmospheric Old Town, with well-preserved reminders of its Venetian and Turkish past. The ancient Venetian-style harbour with its lighthouse and fortress draws thousands of visitors to the town every day during the summer season. This is a great place to enjoy classic Cretan dishes and watch the sun go down over the water.

Rethymnon is an interesting town on the North Coast of Crete between Chania and Heraklion. It has all the right ingredients for your holiday – a rich history and culture, a romantic harbour and old town with great seafood restaurants and buzzing nightlife, a huge, central sandy beach with water sports galore, and impressive mountain scenery with charming villages to explore. Like most of the island, Rethymnon has a wonderful past, and this is clearly reflected in the architecture of the old town, where mosques and Christian churches are next to Renaissance buildings overlooked by a huge Venetian fortress. The Venetians also left their mark in in Arkadiou Street, where they built elegant mansions that reflected their wealth and culture. The town has many interesting shops and great places for a long lazy lunch.

The Firkas Fortress at the western point of Rethymnon harbour was built in 1629, but today it is the home of The Maritime Museum of Crete, full of paintings and models of ships, nautical instruments, historical photographs and war relics. Crete was ruled by Turkey until 1913, when the Turkish flag was exchanged for the Greek flag here at Firkas Fortress, when the whole island celebrated the union of Crete with Greece.

Kournas Lake, 17 miles west of Rethymnon, is the only freshwater lake in Crete. The little lake is a beautiful sight, fed by streams from the White Mountains that surround it. This important wetland is a protected environment, and home to ducks, eels, water snakes, terrapins, herons and cormorants. Temporary beaches appear in the summer months when the water level drops, and then the sun loungers, umbrellas and pedalos appear. You can make a full circuit around the lake during the summer, which takes no more than an hour.

Chania
22 Villas
Chania, Crete’s second biggest town is on the northwest coast which is the greenest part of the island. The town is surrounded by a landscape of fertile plains, dramatic mountains, deep gorges and lovely beaches. It is a place of two halves: the buzzing modern town and the atmospheric Old Town, with well-preserved reminders of its Venetian and Turkish past.
Elounda
1 Villa
Elounda is located in the east of Crete and north of Agios Nikolaos and south of the resort of Plaka. The village of Elounda offers a wide choice of shops, bars, restaurants and sandy beach, all around a 15 minute drive from the property.
Gouves
4 Villas
Gouves is famous for its Blue Flag beaches overlooked by traditional hilltop village. The area is full of local charm and is great for those looking for a relaxing holiday but with all the resort amenities close by.
Hersonissos
3 Villas
Old Hersonissos, set in the hillside is a small, well-preserved, picturesque and quiet village with a slow pace of life and a beautiful central square with a fountain in the middle and a church. For something a little livelier, the seaside town of Hersonissos has great beaches to soak up the rays until sundown when the bars open up.
Istron
3 Villas
The village of Istron is situated 10 miles to the East of Aghios Nikolaos and has 4 beautiful beaches. The village has a few shops for your everyday essentials and tavernas. These facilities fringe the main road which leads from Aghios Nikolaos to Sitia thus making it a great base to explore the Eastern part of the island.
View More Resorts View Villa
Things to do in Crete

Crete! The birthplace of Zeus the father of all gods, the island that has been central to films, books and TV series and the place where civilisation was born when the Minoans built stunning palaces with running water and flushing toilets!

Whether you’re a culture vulture, a twitcher, a rambler or a disco queen you will always find something which will make a good holiday into a great one!

The mild climate in the spring and autumn make it the perfect destination for those who want to go exploring the remote mountain villages and the unspoilt South Coast revealing the rugged beauty many never see. The Mediterranean Sea on the South Coast is always a few degrees warmer and the tavernas will prepare dishes which though simple in their ingredients are eaten only in that area.

The hot summer months may make getting around an exertion too tiring! But so many great things are right on your doorstep so just once get up and out early before the temperature soars and revel in a Crete experience!

Arkadi Monastery
This sacred place, about 14 miles south of Rethymnon, is now a peaceful oasis of flower-filled courtyards and golden stone buildings so it is hard to imagine what took place here. If you have the stomach for it there is a display of the skulls of some of the victims and you can see the roofless room where the explosion took place. A very lovely 16th-century Venetian church survived unscathed and there is also a small museum explaining the history [more] of the monastery and the battle for independence. [less]
Limnoupolis Waterpark
Limnoupolis Waterpark is set in landscaped gardens with a 1,500-square-metre swimming pool at the centre complete with pool bar, Jacuzzi and a little island that you can get to by swinging across a rope bridge. This waterpark is ideal for younger children, and for you there are sunbathing terraces, cafes and bars. The park has its own river with caves and waterfalls and next to the main pool is a children’s version. There is also a playground for [more] any child who prefers to stay dry. They can play Tarzan on assault courses, have a go at riding mini-motorbikes or play soccer. The “water” part of the park includes rides such as Triple Twist, the Black Hole, the Giant Slide and the churning waters of the Crazy River. Limnoupolis Water Park is near Varipetro, 5 miles from Chania, and it’s open from May to October. [less]
Markets
Crete has some brilliant markets. The most popular street market in Chania is the ‘Laiki’ on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The Laiki is like a farmers’ market, where growers and producers come to sell their produce on trestle tables with maybe a tarpaulin for shade. You can buy fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables, eggs, cheese, herbs, fish, honey and raki.
The Agora is an [more] indoor market with proper shops selling all kinds of things including meat, a wide range of fruit and vegetables, cheese and yoghurt, herbs and spices. It is all under one roof in an enclosed building in the shape of a cross, in Odos Minoos, near the eastern fortification wall. The market was completed in 1913, based on the market of Marseilles. The shops are not at all geared up to tourists, but are very much for locals, and so offer an insight into the “real” life of the island. There are also several quaint or small restaurants cooking simple but tasty food. [less]
Samaria Gorge
The spectacular Samaria Gorge is quite the challenge – beginning at the plateau of Omalos it is 11 miles long – the longest gorge in Europe. But despite the fact that this is a serious hike, over 170,000 people successfully trek through this mighty ravine every year. It should take about 6 hours if you are reasonably fit. You begin the trek in the White Mountains, above the Xyloskalo staircase, which zig-zags down 700 feet into the gorge. Then you [more] just keep walking, admiring the goats, little chapels, wildflowers, amazing birds and shady pine and cypress forests along the way, and quenching your thirst with clear, cold spring water. At its narrowest point, the 1000 foot walls of the ravine are just 3 feet apart – so breathe in! [less]
Beaches in Crete
What better way to spend your holiday than in the turquoise sea waters on the island of Crete. If that was not enough then you can take a stroll on the golden sand whilst breathing in the sea air.
There are many beaches in Crete for all the family and friends to enjoy from the North Coast stretching right across to the South Coast.
Adele Kambos
This is a quiet beach but sun beds and umbrellas can he hired from the hotels and some hotel facilities can be used. Watersports are also available at one of the nearby hotels. This is also an area where the Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs so visitors are respectfully asked not to touch the cages covering the nests during the hatching period.
Aghia Marina
Aghia Marina Beach is located on the Northwest of the island. The beach has crystal waters and a long sandy beach for everyone to enjoy, there are also beach bars and tavernas.
Almiros Beach
This beach is located just east of the town of Aghios Nikoloas and is reached by taking the Old National Road. It is also a Blue Flag beach and is shallow so popular with young children and people with mobility problems. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire and a few cafeterias nearby are available for snacks and meals.
Almyrida
A very popular beach in the village which has one long sand and shingle beach as well as a smaller more sheltered cove. Both have sun beds and umbrellas for hire and water sports are also available on the main beach. Tavernas, shops, bars and cafeterias are all close at hand.
Bali
The small village of Bali is a half hour drive from Rethymnon and offers lovely coves which have facilities close at hand. Although access into the water is pebbly, the wonderful crystal water makes this a wonderful place to swim. The village also boasts some of the best fish tavernas.
View More Beaches View Beaches
Food & Drink in Crete
As with most Mediterranean cuisine, the best way to make Greek dishes is by using fresh local produce, and the best place to go to get it is at the local markets. Deliciously fresh, vibrant and flavourful ingredients can be bought for the best price at markets in Crete, and the experience of wandering through amply stocked stalls is a sensory adventure into the local culture.

Local Markets - Crete
Markets
Markets in Crete open at 7am and usually run until around 2pm.

Rethymnon is the largest market in the area, and is held in the town centre car park every Thursday. Here you'll find a vast array of fruits, vegetables and cheeses, as well as locally produced honey. Crete is particularly proud of its wild greens, or horta, which consists of hundreds of varieties of edible weeds. These became the staple diet of many Cretans during the Second World War, and have remained a popular part of Cretan cuisine ever since.

Chania and Heraklion markets are both held on a Saturday, where you'll find the same great selection of fruit, vegetables and cheeses as at Rethymnon. Heraklion also sells a huge variety of meats as well as other wares, making it a great place to browse and pick up a souvenir or two.




Speciality Dishes - Crete
Speciality Dishes
Cretan dishes are heavily influenced by Greek cuisine, and you'll find well known favourites like hummus, tzatziki and moussaka on plenty of menus on the island. There are, however, some dishes that are local to Crete, so if you want to truly immerse yourselves in Cretan culture, sampling some of these local favourites is a must. Our Crete Guide is a good place to start if you want to find out more about Cretan cuisine.

A Cretan staple which accompanies a multitude of dishes and meals is paximadia – twice baked bread which varies greatly from tough, hard slabs to small sweet biscuit-like bites that are flavoured with cinnamon and nuts or raisins. Paximadia is usually softened with oil, sauce or juices from the dish it accompanies to make it more palatable.

The meze style of eating (lots of small cold sharing dishes to start) that is popular in the eastern Mediterranean is typical in Crete. Some Cretan dishes include:



Dakos – soaked dried bread topped with chopped tomato.

Xinomizithra – a creamy, soft white cheese which is salted and aged for a tangy flavour.

Kalitsounia – small cheese and herb pies which vary in stuffing and seasoning from region to region. Some are drizzled with honey for a sweet and savoury flavour contrast.

Local Recipes
Cretan cuisine focuses on bringing out the unique flavours of fresh ingredients. As such they are rarely seasoned with spices – instead, fresh herbs are used, and flavour combinations are valued highly, such as sweet and savoury, bitter, tart and sour. If you'd like to experience Cretan cuisine before you arrive on the island, these recipes are authentic and simple to make at home, with ingredients that can be found at your local supermarket.
Sfoungato
Sfoungato - Crete
This is a traditional Cretan dish not unlike an omelette. Made with tomatoes, courgettes and eggs, it is often served as an appetizer but would make a great breakfast alternative or a healthy lunch.

Ingredients:
  • 500g Courgettes, sliced into rounds
  • 500g ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 5 x eggs, well beaten
  • 120ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and courgettes and cook for around 10 minutes, until the onions are soft and golden brown. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Add the eggs and simmer for a few minutes, until cooked.

Psari ston fúrno ladorígani
Psari ston - Crete
The name of this dish translates to "roast fish with oregano and extra virgin olive oil" and making it is that simple. You can use any white fish of your choosing, as long as it is fresh. This dish is best served with a salad of fresh green leaves and a crisp white wine.

Ingredients:
  • 2 x 500g fish – gutted and cleaned
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 240ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper to season
Peel and slice the potatoes, slice the fish in half and place in the baking pan with the potatoes around them. Season well with salt, pepper and oregano. Combine the olive oil and lemon juice in a sealable jar and shake well to combine before pouring over the fish. Bake in the oven at a medium temperature for around an hour, or until the flesh is flaking from the backbone of the fish and the potatoes are thoroughly cooked.
 
 
 

Filter by

Clear All

Villa resorts

  Clear






 

Budget

  Clear


Villa type

  Clear








 

Bedroom size

  Clear







 

Villa detail

  Clear










 
Sign up to our newsletter
Sign me up Sign up
Your email has been entered into our data base, and you will now receive newsletters from Villa Plus.




Award Winning Villas
2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016
Best Villa/Self Catering
Holiday Booking Company
Medium