Fantastic Airbnbs in Rethymnon, Crete

Hosting one of the most gorgeous old towns in the Mediterranean, Rethymnon is one of the many gems you don’t want to miss when visiting the island. Located halfway between Heraklion and Chania, it’s a great idea to stay in Rethymnon for two or three days to explore the city and the region. When you do, you can either stay in a hotel or go for a different option: You can book one of the many Airbnbs in Rethymnon. Let’s take a look at the most popular and best-rated properties.

Best Airbnbs in Rethymnon, Crete - Greece

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Where to stay in Crete: For a boutique experience, Casa Delfino in Chania or Avli in Rethymnon (luxury). Mrs. and Mr. White (affordable luxury) is a gorgeous resort near Chania. Budget trip around the island? Check Archipelagos in Rethymnon or Sofia Hotel in Heraklion. Hostel type? No problem! The best options are So Young Hostel in Heraklion and Cocoon City Hostel in Chania.

Top-rated tours in Crete:
Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa from Kissamos Port (Bestselling tour from US$ 29.65).
Samaria Gorge Trek: Full-Day Excursion from Rethymno (Another best-seller, from US$ 36.73).
From Ierapetra: Boat Cruise to Chrissi Island (From US$ 27.25).
Day Trip to Elafonisi Island from Chania (From US$ 41).
Knossos Palace: Pre-Booked E-Ticket & Smartphone Audio Tour (Check Knossos at your own pace, from US$ 19.34).
Spinalonga Boat Trip from Elounda Port (From US$ 14.50).

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Most convenient Airbnbs in Rethymnon for your next trip

Rethymnon is a gorgeous region in Crete and a favorite destination among many tourists that come to the island time after time. It’s a city that fascinates those who visit for the first time with its charming old port, the postcard-perfect cobblestone alleys, and the local hospitality. There’s a lot to see in the region too, monasteries, archaeological sites, unique mountain villages, and great beaches, especially in the south. With so much to see and do, you will want to stay for a few days. If you’re still looking for a place to stay, why not giving a try to rental homes? They are super practical, usually comfortable, and oftentimes allow you to save some money. Check with me these fantastic Airbnbs in Rethymnon.

Roussa’s Studio, Rethymnon Old Town


Why you should stay: This is a small, new studio, ideal both for a couple or a solo traveler. It’s in a very central position in Old Town Rethymnon.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

Your host will warmly welcome you to Roussa’s Studio in the heart of the old town of Rethymno, just steps away from the best local restaurants and bars in town. The apartment is close both to the Archaeological Museum and the Fortezza.

For those interested in soaking in the local culture, there’s a weekly lively market just meters from this fully renovated studio.

Traditional Stone House in the Old Town


Why you should stay: It is a great opportunity to learn about the traditional local accommodation made of rustic stone walls, domed ceilings, and rustic decor.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No

The Traditional Stone House is in the center of the old town, very neat the Rethymnon Fortress. Every room in the house was built using the traditional stone of the island which adds a very unique touch to the environmnent

This Airbnb is close to everything: stores, supermarkets, the gas station, the city center, and the sea. Remember as well that the apartment is no more than 10 minutes from the old town and the beaches!

Modern Flat close to the sea and the Venetian harbor


Why you should stay: This property has been top-grades for its sparkling conditions and the host’s hospitality, while 90% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No
  • A baby crib is available at €5 per day

An apartment with a great atmosphere, Modern flat is a luxurious two-story flat, about a hundred meters from the beach. The property is brand new and fully equipped to welcome guests.

There’s a very comfortable bed and mattress, as well as a well-equipped kitchen. The balcony is super cute too!

>> This is a modern and comfortable Airbnb in Rethymnon, ideal for families.

Farm Villa with Pool in Rethymnon


Why you should stay: If you are one of those travelers who cannot live without a pool… well, this image is worth a thousand words!

  • Sleeps: 7-9
  • Minimum stay: 4 Nights
  • Pets allowed: Allowed

Getting a whole villa with a fantastic pool all for yourself is a dream! Farm Villa offers that possibility in this modern residence opposite the sea! Close to the town of Rethymnon, this 80-square-meter villa has three bedrooms to accommodate up to 9 guests.

You can enjoy the magnificent sunsets by the pool or discover the fantastic farm on a hillside with fruit trees, a garden, herbs, and vegetables. You are also invited to learn all about the traditional farming methods, working in the garden or using fresh produce in your own kitchen if you wish. You can also milk the goats and pick fresh eggs every day for your breakfast.

The place is heaven for those who love nature.

Apartment near Megali Porta, Rethymnon


Why you should stay: The apartment looks just perfect and the views from the balcony are fantastic too.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 3 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

Apartment near Megali Porta is one of the most beautiful Airbnbs in Rethymnon!

It’s located in the best part of the Old Town and offers every facility you need in a space that has been recently renovated with refined taste and style. The comfortable place is just a few meters walking from Rethymnon’s landmarks, including the old Venetian port and Rimondi Fountain.

Elegant Dream (one of my favorite Airbnbs in Rethymnon!)


Why you should stay: Because it has a fantastic location, it’s close to the sea, and the host is super polite and helpful.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 3 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

It’s not the first time I recommend Elegant Dream for a wonderful stay in Rethymnon. No matter how long you plan to stay in Rethymnon, the place is ideal both for a long or a short stay or a weekend.

This is a cozy place to stay, a studio with top facilities, including a parking space for those renting a car. Other facilities you will enjoy are the fully equipped kitchen and a fantastic balcony for your afternoons or where to enjoy the morning coffee and the view!

Apartment in a top location in Rethymnon


Why you should stay: To take advantage of its position right in front of the city beach.

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

This apartment is in a central area of the city, super close to the beach and the Old Town making it a great choice for those who are not interested in driving but prefer to explore the city on foot. There are shops, cafeterias, tavernas, and more close to the apartment.

The apartment, carefully decorated with modern features, is fully equipped with everything you may need during your stay.

Studio del Mar

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Why you should stay: If you like plants, gardens, relaxing atmospheres, the patio of Studio del Mar will be the best fit for your stay in Rethymnon.

  • Sleeps: 2-3
  • Minimum stay: 4 Nights
  • Pets allowed: No

When staying either at Studio del Mar, or at the other property by the same host, Artemis Studios, you will get a whole apartment for you and your travel mate. This apartment studio is located in a typical Venetian house in the center of Rethymnon’s Old Town.

The studio can sleep up to three people, and develops on two floors. There’s a comfortable sofa on the ground floor, ideal for a couple with a kid.

The authentic Venetian stone building is over 400 years old but was renovated a few years back respecting the traits of the Venetian and Ottoman architectures, a trademark of this town.

There is a wonderful terrace with tables and chairs, shared with other guests. The views from this point are gorgeous. The apartment, located in a prime position, is close to one of my favorite restaurants in town, the wonderful Avli, a venue that you should certainly try at least once during your visit.

Castle & Sea View Apartment in Rethymno


Why you should stay: If you enjoy open bright colors, light, and great views, don’t let this one escape!

  • Sleeps: 2-3
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No
  • Baby cot and baby high chair on request.

You will certainly love this one-bedroom apartment with a view in a quiet area and still close to the city center and every important landmark in town.

Although it is a studio apartment, the spaces are quite roomy and it can fit up to three travelers, ideal for a group of friends with a limited budget. Form the veranda, fairly big and comfortable, you can see Rethymnon’s Fortezza and the sea. A plus? Gests love both the dishwasher and the washing machine!

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White and Grey apartment in Rethymnon town

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Why you should stay: This apartment is beautifully decorated, comfortable, and located in a top position, close to the modern city and the old town.

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 Night
  • Pets allowed: No
  • Terrace with barbecue!

If you book a stay in White and Grey Apartment you will be located in a prime location in Rethymno, right across from the main square and quite close to the beach too. The kitchen is sparkling new and comes with everything you need, including a coffee machine as well as a washing and dryer machine, as a plus, the host also provides free toiletries.

You will be able to make use of the terrace with a barbecue in your free time.

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Start by reading these helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete, which covers details such as when it’s best to travel, what documents you need, or how to get a SIM card. Check family holidays in Crete if you travel with kids.

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Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!

I never move around Crete without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable travel partner I just love. To visit villages, sites, and museums instead, I carry this little crossbody bag.

When driving around, I pack my Crete Michelin map and my Nikon D7200. In Summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.

Airfares to Crete can change from one airline to the other, make sure to compare prices with a powerful search engine. Planes are fast, but nothing like the romantic experience of traveling by sea in Greece. Direct Ferries has great ticket deals to reach Crete from Athens or to visit other Greek islands.

If I need to book accommodation, I personally use different search engines. and are my go-to options.

Sometimes, the best way to get to know a place and make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has top-rated tours to save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and even airport transfer!

Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!

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If you would like to learn everything about the practical aspects of planning a trip to Crete, you should also check what to pack for a road trip around Crete and this crazy useful guide to renting a car and driving on the island. This 3-week-in-Crete itinerary is super flexible and can be adapted for less (or even more) time on the island. However, you might already know that the island is quite big, and it’s not always easy to decide which region to visit or where to stay. I’ve written a post about the best regions to stay in Crete according to your interests and travel style, and it’s a must-read before your trip.

Once on the island, make sure you check some of the best archaeological sites in Crete as well as the stunning Balos Beach, on the western coast. Make some time to discover Crete’s beautiful monasteries and to taste the most delicious street food in Chania while exploring the Turkish district in the old town!

Which of these Airbnbs in Rethymno did you like the most?
Let me know in the comments below!

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Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!

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