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Welcome to Crete

Crete is home to our superb featured resorts Domes of Elounda Autograph Collection, Daios Cove Luxury Resort and the Amirandes Resort Suites & Villas -  all of which enjoy the unique benefits of this extraordinary island many hundreds of miles south of the Greek mainland. 

Crete's rich history is evident throughout the island, especially the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos, the Venetian fortresses of Rethymo, the island's many Byzantine monasteries - and the cave that is the legendary birthplace of Zeus. The Venetian port of Hania in Western Crete is one of Greece's most atmospheric cities, and the capital, Iraklion (Heraklion), is a truly dynamic international city.

2 Bedroom Villas 3 Bedroom Villas 4 Bedroom Villas 5 Bedroom Villas 6 Bedroom Villas 7 Bedroom Villas 8 Bedroom Villas
Almyra Residence

Almyra Residence

3 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Lena House

Lena House

3 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Luna House

Luna House

3 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Viila Aoriete

Viila Aoriete

4 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Villa Alamo

Villa Alamo

3 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Villa Ammos

Villa Ammos

3 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Villa Anemos

Villa Anemos

3 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Villa Annie

Villa Annie

3 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays
Villa Apollo

Villa Apollo

4 Bedroom Villas, Crete, Bespoke Villa Holidays

For natural landscapes, virtually the whole coastline is dramatic and inspiring, and there are spectacular mountain ranges, dramatic gorges and a vast fertile interior plain. The east boasts Europe's only palm-tree forest beach, and the south coast has some of the Mediterranean's most stunning beaches and isolated coves. Cretan music and culture are easy to find (Cretans will find any excuse for a celebration) and there are many mountain villages where shepherds in traditional costume still tend their flocks. An abundance of fresh produce makes Cretan cuisine particularly distinctive – in fact Cretan food is renowned for its life-prolonging qualities!

Crete features some excellent luxury resorts for families, but if you're travelling as a couple you should take a closer look at the magical Blue Palace or the Domes Miramare both in Elounda.

Crete Holiday Highlights

Knossos Palace – spectacular remains showing the creativity of the Cretan Minoan civilisation

Cretaquarium in Iraklion, and the Watercity water park

The Archaeological Museum in Iraklion

Spectacular Samaria Gorge

The fascinating island of Spinalonga, as featured in Victoria Hislop's bestseller, The Island

Local country festivals (paniyíria), wine festivals, and religious celebrations held in the cities and in rural churches – you'll always be made welcome!

For kids - Cretaquarium in Iraklion, and the Watercity water park

Aghios Nikolaos - an international resort that welcomes thousands of visitors annually

Sitia town – see the historic fortress, waterfront esplanade and delightful beach

Traditional villages - Limnes, Zenia, Exo Potami, Prina, Mesa and Exo Lakonia

Golf - a 9-hole course at the Porto Elounda resort, and Crete Golf Club, an 18-hole, full facilities golf course, 45 km from Agios Nikolaos

The blissful, 5* family friendly Resorts of Daios Cove and Domes of Elounda are within easy reach the bustling town of Agios Nikolaos