Recommended accommodation website: i-escape
Greece’s largest island has a bit of everything: glorious sandy beaches, idyllic villages perched among olive groves, bustling coastal towns with Venetian harbours, immense snow-capped mountains with deep gorges, riots of spring flowers and 300+ days of sunshine per year.
Add to that the famous Cretan hospitality which starts with a raki on the house and ends with an evening of impromptu folk music under the stars.
But, if we’re honest (and that’s our style), it also has some pretty grim resorts – making it vital to choose your accommodation on Crete carefully.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve cherry-picked our very favourite boutique hotels and stylish houses for rent, visiting each one in person and writing the most detailed, trustworthy reviews you’ll find on the web.
They range from a rustic hideaway high in the White Mountains to an opulent suite in an exquisitely restored Venetian palazzo in Rethymno; and from a stunning villa for 12 on the south coast to a trio of gorgeous family-sized houses (each with its own pool) tucked away on the north.
With lots of direct flights into Chania and Heraklion from various UK airports, it’s a doddle to arrange – just make a no-obligation enquiry at your chosen property on i-escape (you can hold rooms for 5+ days), then book your flight and hire car independently, and away you go.