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Mark Frary

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Villas in Crete

Mark's verdict:

Like most Greek islands, Crete has a couple of grotty resorts, but it also has beautiful countryside, mountains, historic harbours and miles of unspoilt beaches. It’s far enough south to enjoy a long season – ideal for Easter or October half term – and has some beautiful villas, many with private pools, and small hotels with bags of character.

Recommended tour operator: Cachet Travel

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Cachet Travel says

Crete offers fabulous beaches, waterparks and golf courses whilst also boasting plenty of unspoilt areas full of tradition, character and authentic Greek charm. We’ve picked a delightful range of accommodation options.

  • beachfront locations
  • good value
  • secluded locations
  • villas and apartments

The sleepy village of Pendamodi with its trio of luxury villas is perfect for families who want a safe, secluded and scenic environment in which to relax.

Just 15km from Crete’s capital Heraklion and the world-famous Minoan palace of Knossos, this rural farming village is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Enjoy the simple pleasures of Cretan life – swimming, reading, playing in the large gardens, exploring the countryside and meeting the locals in the traditional kafenion.

Our villas with private pools are scattered all over Crete, with two up to four bedrooms.

Alma and her family welcome visitors to Alma’s Villas with true Greek hospitality. As well as boasting their own private pools, the eight villas share a large communal pool – perfect for families who value their own space but also like the opportunity to meet like-minded travellers and make new friends.

For those who prefer a beachside setting, Blue Beach Apartments in Stavros are a great choice: with a traditional taverna on site and the pool area leading straight onto a sheltered sandy cove, it’s perfect for families with young children.

The stylish Istron Villas share not just a sandy beach with the adjacent Istron Bay Hotel but also offer guests the use of the hotel’s facilities whilst enjoying a greater degree of privacy and the freedom to self-cater.

Click here to view our range of family favourites in Crete.

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