Best Places to Stay in Crete: Insider’s Guide to Where to Stay on the Island (2022 Update)

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Crete, the biggest Greek island, is a fantastic place for a long vacation, since the island is so big, finding the right place to stay is key to having a convenient base to explore the different regions and to make the most of your time. Since every area caters to different things to see and do, you will need to compare places and carefully plan according to your interests. Whether it is Crete’s amazing beaches, mountain paths, gorges, picturesque villages, or old towns, this guide will walk you through the most convenient places to stay in Crete, no matter what kind of traveler you are. 


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Where to Stay in Crete
The Best Places To Stay on Crete Island

Alley in Chania, stone buildings, Venetian architecture

You often ask me what are the best places to stay in Crete. This is a query that comes up early, during the planning stage, and it needs to be decided soon to move on with your planning. In this article, I’ll break down the answer region by region, keeping in mind the best things to do in each area.

Unless you’ve been to Crete before, it’s often difficult to choose where to stay on Greece’s largest island without missing something. The island is big and you must juggle different interests to reach a balance.
Besides, not all travelers are equal! Some love to drive and explore, others drive all year round and don’t want to hear about being behind the wheel on their holidays. Whatever your style is, a holiday should be about having a good time.

Therefore, in this guide, we will explore the best places to stay in each of Crete’s 4 regions. You can combine many places in one itinerary, or just go for one area at a time.

Best Places to Stay in Crete

No time to read this guide? Check the box down below for quick ideas in each city:

A quick guide to the best hotels in Crete
Budget: So Young Hostel 
in Heraklio, Cocoon City Hostel in Chania, Matthias Hotel Apartments in Rethymnon, and Villa Galini in Agios Nikolaos.
Mid-range: Capsis Astoria Heraklion in Heraklion, Porto Antico in Chania, Archipelagos Hotel in Rethymnon, or Hotel Port 7 in Agios Nikolaos.
Luxury:  Galaxy Iraklio Hotel in Heraklion, Hotel OFF in Chania, Avli Lounge in Rethymnon, or Minos Beach Art Hotel in Agios Nikolaos.
Check more: Where to stay in Crete.

Best Areas to Stay in the Chania Region, Crete

Chania Town

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The beautiful city of Chania, in western Crete, is the second most important city on the island.
Chania is also the capital and main town of the region of Chania, a place known for its stunning beaches and incredible gorges.
If driving around the region is something that you would like to do during your holidays, then staying in the town is a good idea to combine day trips to different areas of the region (for instance Elafonisi, Balos, or the White Mountains), which would allow you to come back to town at the end of the day to enjoy the old harbor, some of Chania’s best restaurants, and nightlife in town.

The city of Chania has a modern town, where you can go shopping and entertainment, or enjoy a cup of coffee at the traditional city garden (kipos) as well as an old town.
This picturesque part of the city is a gorgeous place to stay, home to a beautiful Venetian harbor with the characteristic Egyptian Lighthouse and an old mosque right by the sea. A stay in the old town is great to be close to the best restaurants and bars, some of them facing the sea, but also to visit churches and museums.

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The old town is a maze of gorgeous alleys full of charm, you can head here to explore typical artisan workshops and souvenir shops but also marvel at the gorgeous ancient Venetian mansions and Turkish homes, many of them transformed into incredibly beautiful boutique hotels.
In the old town, it is also possible to visit the historic public market (Agora), located on the border between the old and modern town, as well as a farmer’s market every Saturday, which takes place on the eastern edge of the old town, in the area known as Koum Kapi.

The modern town is perfect for some retail therapy. You will find countless shops, including international brands such as H&M or Zara.
Nearby neighborhoods include the aristocratic district of Halepa, now home to the New Archaeological Museum of Chania as well as the historic house of Venizelos, the first Greek Prime Minister.
Another convenient neighborhood is Nea Chora, with a fantastic seafront dotted with some of Chania’s best restaurants.

Mosque by the sea, Chania, Crete

In the modern area of Chania, you will also find the public bus station, with public transport to the port and the airport, but also other important cities on the island of Crete, such as Rethymno and Heraklion, and connecting the center of town to nearby attractions, including the beach of Elafonisi, Paleochora, and Chora Sfakion. 

The city of Chania is an excellent place to stay for families interested in local culture, history, and sightseeing. With its romantic atmosphere, it is also perfect for couples. In the last years, the city has also been attracting solo travelers and digital nomads who find a welcoming work environment in Workhub Chania.

You might also want to read: 2 Fantastic Days in Chania.

Recommended Places to Stay in Chania Town

Cocoon City Hostel – This is a good budget place to stay in the modern area of town, located just a few meters from the Central Bust Station, Cocoon also offers a shuttle service as well as bikes to rent, a comfortable and cheap way to navigate the city.
Accommodation options include spacious rooms with a private bathroom, rooms with shared bathrooms, and mixed dorms.
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Hotel OFF – You will enjoy the fresh and lush atmosphere of the historic building in the heart of the old town. It features a patio where it’s possible to sit and enjoy breakfast every morning. Or just for a refreshing drink after a walk around the old town. The suites in Hotel OFF are beautifully decorated and have a minimal design.
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Halepa Hotel – Located only a few minutes from the center and the old town, this aristocratic property is in the historic neighborhood of Halepa, within walking distance from the beach.
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Akrotiri Peninsula – Stavros or Kalathas

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Stavros Beach

The wonderful Akrotiri Peninsula is a top area to stay near the center of Chania, it’s about 10 kilometers from the old town which can be reached with a 15-minute drive. In the Akrotiri Peninsula, you will find some of Chania’s best beaches, many of them perfect for families.

In the area, there are two small villages where to stay for a relaxing holiday and a quieter pace of life, these are Kalathas and Stavros.

Kalathas is a fairly small settlement, popular for its gorgeous wide sandy beach. In the area, there are just a few restaurants and tavernas, a couple of convenience stores, and not much more, but the very close town of Kounoupidiana will be the place to go for supermarkets and gas stations, pharmacies, and even restaurants.

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Kalathas Beach.

Stavros is a lonely seaside village about 25 minutes from the center of town and quite close to the Airport (which is also in Akrotiri), Stavros was the shooting spot for the famous dance scene in the movie Zorba The Greek. The main beach in Stavros is a perfect place for families as it offers a shallow lagoon with clean water that is very safe for kids and protected from winds.

If you plan to stay in the area, you will certainly need a car to move around and explore nearby places such as Agia Triada and Gouverneto monasteries, Venizelos’ Tombs, or the nearby ancient ruins of Aptera. If you don’t want to explore and are only worried about getting to Chania town, there is a bus service that connects both Kalathas and Stavros to Chania’s bus station.

You might also want to read: +45 Beaches in Chania Region (West Crete).

Recommended Places to Stay on the Akrotiri Peninsula

Zorbas Beach Village Hotel – This is a great place to stay if you want to have the option of a pool just a few meters from the beach. The property offers self-catered rooms a few steps from the sandy beach. Each unit has a well-equipped kitchenette with a microwave and fridge. The apartments also feature a fireplace.
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Paradisio Baby & Kinder Hotel – One of the best properties in Crete for families, this is a hotel in Stavros that has been thought for children, featuring unique facilities including a play area, a go-kart track, a tree-house, and a ping-pong table, as well as an animal farm, just a 15-minute walk from the beach. The place offers self-catering accommodation.
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Villa Krini – This property is located in Kalathas, a 12-minute walk from the beach. It features a swimming pool surrounded by a sun terrace and a garden. It offers self-catering units with a balcony, an open-plan kitchenette with seating, and a dining area. Villa Krini is 10 km from the center of Chania and 8 km from Chania International Airport.
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Platanias – Agia Marina

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Beach of Platanias

One of the most popular areas to stay in the Chania region includes the seaside resorts of Agia Marina and Platanias, located towards the west of the city center. Both villages are one next to the other and form a huge seaside town with tons of night entertainment, restaurants, bars, and even nightclubs.

The areas of Agia Marina and Platanias are home to dozens of hotels, many of them featuring all-inclusive services and private beach areas. The lively settlements are perfect if you don’t want to go to Chania town for entertainment every single day of your stay.

The area is also connected to the center of Chania with a frequent bus service, so you don’t need to rent a car if you are planning to stay over here. Both Agia Marina and Platanias feature a beautiful wide beach with calm waters right opposite the small islet of Theodorou.

Recommended Places to Stay in Platanias and Agia Marina

The Theodore Boutique Hotel – Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Agia Marina and Theodorou Island, this boutique hotel features seven charming boutique suites with access to a private beach, each with a unique concept and elegant decoration. The place is relaxing, perfect for young couples.
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Minoa Palace Resort – Within a huge area of landscaped gardens, the beachfront Minoa Palace Resort in Platanias features 4 pools and a spa center, a tennis court, and a variety of dining options including 4 restaurants and 4 bars. The resort has elegant accommodation and it’s only 12 km from the center of Chania.
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Porto Platanias Beach Resort & Spa – Located only a 2-minute walk from the beach, the hotel is nestled in lush green and offers a spectacular view of Theodorou island. Porto Platanias features 3 restaurants, 5 bars, and 5 large swimming pools right next to the sea. It has elegant rooms with a balcony with sea, pool, or garden views.
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Paleochora

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Home to a unique and relaxing vibe, Paleochora is a remote seaside town on the southern coast of the Chania region. It is a perfect place for a long stay made of days at the beach, and excursions along the South West Coast of Crete.

Among the places to visit in town, you can explore the ruins of the old castle, the picturesque and colorful alleys, and some of the best beaches in the area.
From here, it is also possible to visit the nearby Elafonisi (there are walking excursions and boat rides available), but also enjoy other outdoor activities including horseback riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, safari rides, and fishing trips.
From Paleochora, different ferry rides will take you to visit important southern villages such as Loutro, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, and the nearby island of Gavdos too.

When planning a stay in the area, don’t overlook renting a car to explore. Although there are buses connecting Chania town with Paleochora, a car will offer freedom of movement to discover the whole region.

Recommended Places to Stay in Paleochora

Anma Villa – The villa is located 1 km from Chalikia Beach and it has a gorgeous private pool, a garden, and a private parking area. There are 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms.
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On The Rocks – One of the most popular places to stay in Paleochora, this is a fantastic 2-star hotel, only a 3-minute walk from the beach and a short walking distance from the center of Paleochora. The rooms have balconies with sea views, air conditioning, and a minibar. The hotel also has a gift shop and a spacious terrace.
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Blue Horizon – This aparthotel is located just a one-minute walk from the beach. It has rooms with a balcony or patio with sea views and a kitchenette in some of the units.
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You might also want to read: Best Rental Homes in Paleochora: Accommodation Guide.

Loutro and Chora Sfakion

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Loutro village.

Loutro and Chora Sfakion are two seaside villages worth visiting in the Chania region. Chora Sfakion is located close to the fantastic gorge of Imbros, one of the most popular places to go hiking in Crete. Loutro and Chora Sfakion are ideal for a holiday far from the hustle of Chania.

Loutro: One of the most picturesque villages on the island, the fishing village features traditional white-washed houses and a pristine pebble beach.
The village can be accessed either on foot (hiking a coastal part of the E4 European path – about 2 hours from Chora Sfakion) or by boat (arriving from Chora Sfakion or Agia Roumeli).
The village has a peaceful, lonely atmosphere with a small range of hotels to choose from.

The village is a popular destination for day trips too, and it offers a lot to see in the surrounding area, including lonely beaches such as Sweetwater and Illingas. Venturing a bit further, it is also possible to explore Chora Sfakion, Frangokastello, and the Aradena Gorge.

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The port of Chora Sfakion.

Chora Sfakion: This is a gorgeous little town at the end of the Imbros Gorge as well as an important port in the south of Chania. From here, you can take the ferry to visit Gavdos Island as well as other southern settlements including Sougia, Paleochora, Loutro, and Agia Roumeli, right at the exit of Samaria Gorge. 

The seaside area features small tavernas and traditional restaurants as well as a few family-run hotels. From Chora Sfakion, it is possible to visit the seaside village of Frangokastello or even drive to the southern town of Plakias in the Rethymnon region.
You can reach Chora Sfakion by bus from the center of Chania, but a rental car is more than recommended to explore the area.

Recommended Places to Stay in Loutro and Chora Sfakion

Villa Niki – This is a little gem hidden behind the hotels on the waterfront in Loutro, it is a favorite place to stay in the village as it is in a quiet location, a short distance from the beach and the waterfront taverns. It has great views of the bay and the mountains.
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John Akroyiali – Located only a minute from the beach of Loutro, the hotel offers allergy-free rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi, and a bar. It has family rooms and a children’s playground while a continental breakfast is included in the price.
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The Authentic Village – Only 2 minutes from the main beach of Chora Sfakion, the place offers accommodation with a garden and a terrace as well as free private parking. The property is allergy-free.
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Kolymbari

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If you’re looking for a place to stay that is calm and relaxing, but still quite near the center of Chania, then you can check the area of Kolymbari, towards the western side of the region.
Kolymbari is a small village at the base of the Rodopou Peninsula, home to some incredible and lonely beaches.

In Kolymbari, you will also find tavernas and restaurants, as well as a few shops. The area, known for the excellent wines and olive oil it produces, is about 25 minutes by car from the center of Chania.
There are several good hotels, some of them perfect for families. If you choose to stay in Kolymbari, take into account that you will need a car to move around.
From here, you can easily reach the beaches Elafonisi, Balos, and Falasarna as well.

Recommended Places to Stay in Kolymbari

Euphoria Resort – This beautiful 5-star hotel is situated 250 m from Rapaniana Beach, a popular place for cycling. The rooms are comfortable and well-appointed. There is a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. Facilities for children include a playground.
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Avra Imperial Hotel – Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the hotel is only meters from Kolymbari Beach. It has ultramodern rooms with gorgeous views, some of them with a private or shared pool or a spacious terrace with a hot tub. The hotel has 3 swimming pools, a spa, a gym, and an indoor pool.
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Incognito Creta Luxury Suites and More – This is a 3-star apart-hotel in Kolymbari only a 6-minute walk from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a bar, a shared lounge, and a garden. The units come with. a balcony with garden views, a and kitchenette.
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Kissamos

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The beach of Kissamos during sunset.

Although not exactly close to the center of Chania (at least 45 minutes by car, even more during the peak season), the area is very popular for those who come to Crete for a beach vacation. It is, in fact, one of the best places to stay in Chania for beaches.

Kissamos is an ideal place to explore the extreme west of Crete, check archaeological sites (Polyrrenia and Phalasarna), and even hike gorges such as Samaria, Topolia, Sirikari, Rokka, and Agia Eirini.
The area is a perfect place to stay if you want to take day trips to the different beaches because it is close to the popular Falasarna, and Elafonisi. Besides, from the port of Kissamos depart daily cruises and boat trips to Balos Beach and Lagoon.

You might also want to read: Top Things to Do in Kissamos.

Recommended Places to Stay in Kissamos

Maria Beach Hotel – This is a simple and convenient hotel, only one minute from the beach and a few hundred meters from the main square, tavernas, and other shops in Kissamos, It has comfortable rooms and studios with a kitchenette and a small dining area. There is also a beachfront terrace, offering panoramic views of Kissamos Bay. 
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Galini Beach Hotel – Located right in front of the popular Telonio Beach in Kissamos, the hotel offers free sun loungers and umbrellas, beautiful sea views, traditional Greek hospitality, and modern conveniences. It is in a peaceful location yet only minutes from shops, restaurants, and cafes.
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Aphrodite Beach – Situated in a quiet area within walking distance to the restaurants, shops, and the archaeological museum of Kissamos, this beachfront hotel is on the sandy beach of Mavros Molos in Kissamos. The rooms are clean and comfortable and there is also has an outdoor pool.
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Kalyves and Almyrida

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Kalyves.

Two popular villages not far from the center of Chania, in the eastern area of the region are Kalyves and Alyrida. Virtually one next to the other, Kalyves offers a fantastic location, a bit uphill, with stunning views of the Souda Bay.
The village has some hotels, restaurants, and facilities catering to tourists, but the feel is more of a local town than a tourist area.
The beach of Kalyves is wide and popular too.

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Almyrida.

Almyrida, about 3 km east of Kalyves, has better bus connections with the center of Chania, although renting a car is a great idea if you plan to stay in any of the two settlements.
There are also plenty of hotels, tavernas, beach bars, and restaurants in the area, but it has more of a touristic feel than Kalyves.

Recommended Places to Stay in Kalyves and Almyrida

Mistrali Suites & Apartments – This 3-star resort on the beachfront of Kalyves offers comfortable facilities including a restaurant, a bar, and a garden. The property has family rooms, a terrace, and a private beach area. All rooms include a coffee machine, while certain rooms also offer a balcony.
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Aloe Boutique Hotel & Suites – This is a 5-star, adults-only, beachfront hotel in Almyrida. It offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and evening entertainment. Every room is equipped with a coffee machine.
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Georgioupolis

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The most famous image of Georgioupolis.

This small seaside resort is located east of Chania town, also close to the Rethymnon region. The beach is shallow and the sea crystal clear, perfect for families.
Life in the village revolves around the main square, where you can find plenty of tavernas and bars.
The tiny settlement features a gorgeous beach, as well as dozens of pretty hotels, self-catering apartments, and several shops along the tranquil streets leading to the seaside promenade.

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The beach of Georgioupolis.

Not far from the area, it is possible to visit the most important lake in the region, Lake Kournas, a perfect place for a day out. Also close to Georgioupolis, is the mountain village of Argyroupolis, with its gorgeous strings and grill restaurants.
Just out of town, on the main National Road, it is possible to catch the bust (either to Chania or Rethymnon), however, the best way to explore the area is with a rental car.

Recommended Places to Stay in Georgioupolis

Georgioupolis Resort, Aqua Park – This hotel with Spa facilities is conveniently close to both the center of Chania and the center of Rethymnon. The hotel is surrounded by a palm garden, only a 4-minute walk from the beach. It has a large pool with water slides, a buffet restaurant, and fantastic rooms and maisonettes with views.
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Sofia Resort – The 4-star hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a grade, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar. There are family rooms available as well as a children’s playground.
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Best Areas to Stay in the Heraklion Region, Crete

The City of Heraklion, Capital of Crete

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The city of Heraklion and the Venetian Fortress, the Koules.

Heraklion is the most important city and capital of the island. And even when not many people choose Heraklion as their place to stay in Crete, the town is home to Crete’s most important port and airport, so you might probably land in Heraklion when coming to Crete.

The city is worth a stay, even short, for you to discover the impressive museums and archaeological sites scattered in the region.
The most important of all is the impressive Minoan Palace of Knossos, only 15 minutes from the center of town, but there are also other sites to visit, such as Malia and Phaistos, as well as several museums, including the remarkable Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

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The city hosts hundreds of hotels, restaurants, bars, and tavernas, a beautiful central square with the famous Liontaria Fountain, a cathedral, pretty churches, and pedestrian streets perfect for shopping, sightseeing, and nightlife as well.

Heraklion is a great destination for families (with plenty of things to do for kids), as well as for solo travelers. Those interested in gastronomy and wine will be happy to know that Heraklion is home to one of the most important wine regions in Greece and some of the best restaurants on the island. On the southern coast, the region boasts incredible beaches too.

Being the capital of the island, Heraklion is well-connected to all the other cities and many important villages in Crete. The city is also a convenient place to stay if you plan to visit other Greek islands. From the port of Heraklion, there are frequent sea connections to Athens but also to Santorini, Mykonos, and many other Cycladic Islands.

You might also like to read: Best Things to Do in Heraklion or Heraklion Accommodation Guide.

Recommended Places to Stay in the City of Heraklion, Crete

So Young Hostel – Perfect for backpackers and solo travelers, this hostel is only 4 minutes away from Heraklion Archaeological Museum, in a perfect place if you don’t want to rent a car. The hostel offers rooms with shared or private bathrooms and also offers a free shuttle service to Amoudara Beach.
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Sofia Hotel – One of the few hotels in town with a swimming pool, this hotel boasts a great location, just a few minutes from the center and close to the airport too. Rooms have been recently refurbished and, according to most reviews, their breakfast is truly delicious!
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Capsis Astoria Heraklion – A great accommodation option in the capital, right next to the Archaeological Museum. The hotel offers a rooftop swimming pool overlooking the old Venetian port. The hotel has two restaurants and a pool bar.
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Agia Pelagia

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One of the most popular seaside resorts in the Heraklion area is the fishing village of Agia Pelagia, on the north coast. This charming, little village is about 20 minutes by car from the center of the city and offers a wide range of accommodation as well as other facilities including, beautiful beaches and coves, tavernas, seaside restaurants, and souvenir shops.
In the area, small villages such as Mades and Ligres are worth a visit for their unique character and picturesque beaches. There are several other beaches to enjoy in the area, such as Mononaftis, Kladissos, and Filakes

The area around Agia Pelagia is good for water sports and swimming, and it is also possible to rent a boat or go on a fishing trip.

Recommended Places to Stay in Agia Pelagia, Crete

Bellair Village – This hotel is located less than 10 minutes from the beach. It offers self-catering accommodation with balconies and kitchen facilities, free parking, and an outdoor pool only 12 km from the center of Heraklion. There is also an on-site restaurant.
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Irida Hotel – Located just 4 minutes from the beach, Irida Hotel Apartments offers beautifully decorated apartments with a kitchenette and balcony or terrace overlooking the bay of Agia Pelagia. The complex also features 2 swimming pools with 2 bars, one of them by the pool.
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Peninsula Resort & Spa – This is a beautiful seaside property standing amidst lush plantations and is surrounded by 2 beaches where lots of water sports are available as well as a certified diving center. It features 2 large pools, 2 children’s pools, and 2 tennis courts.
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Hersonissos and Koutouloufari

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The beach in Hersonissos.

Two of Crete’s most attractive places for younger visitors are the seaside towns of Malia and Hersonissos, both east of Heraklion.
Hersonissos is a coastal town catering to tourists looking for all-inclusive resorts and exciting nightlife. The village is well known for its number of nightclubs, discos, and beach bars. Yet, it is also a good place for families with teens, who are still very young and have to travel with their parents but still want their share of night fun during the summer months.

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Koutouloufari.

In the area, it is possible to visit the traditional village of Koutouloufari, up the hill and facing the sea, with a more quiet and traditional atmosphere, perfect to dine or to enjoy a relaxing walk after a day by the sea. Moreover, the place is close to fantastic water parks and theme parks, ideal for families with kids of all ages.

You might also want to read: Best Hotels in Hersonissos, Crete.

Recommended Places to Stay in Hersonissos and Koutouloufari

AKASHA Beach Hotel & Spa – This 5-star hotel is located near the port of Hersonissos, only minutes from the beach. It has a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a bar. Nearby beaches include Glaros Beach, Golden Beach, and Star Beach.
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Village Heights Resort – The relaxing hotel is only minutes from the Crete Golf club. It has a spa, 2 outdoor pools, an indoor heated pool, and 2 kids’ pools. In true traditional Cretan Village style, all studios, apartments, and villas come with panoramic views of the stunning countryside and the sea.
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Koutouloufari Village Holiday Club – The village is located in the amphitheatrically built village of Koutouloufari, above the port of Hersonissos, and near the foot of the Charakas Mountain. The resort resembles a traditional Cretan village, surrounded by olive groves. There are 41 uniquely styled apartments with a kitchenette and balcony. This Koutouloufari hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and bars.
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Malia

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Malia, Crete.

Lively and catering to young travelers interested in nightlife and entertainment, Malia is a coastal town about 30 minutes from Heraklion.
The village, ideal for young couples and groups of young friends not only offers dozens of beach bars and discos along the famous Malia Strip, but it also has a picturesque old area with a characteristic charm as well as many beautiful beaches.

Not far from the center of Malia, it is also possible to explore the mountains, the Heraklion wine region, visit the Minoan Palace of Malia, or explore other beaches in the area, including Analipsi, Stalida, and Anissaras, all of them to the West. The famous beaches of Milatos and Sissi are also close by, east of Malia.

Malia can also be a good destination for families, with convenient prices and featuring tons of things to do that will keep kids entertained, including video game arcades, fast food restaurants, sports and safaris, and attractions such as the stunning Reptile Rescue Centre

Recommended Places to Stay in Malia

Drossia Palms Hotel and Nisos Beach Suites – Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this hotel is close to the best of Malia’s entertainment district and its pristine sandy beaches. The hotel has a private beach with loungers and umbrellas, a large swimming pool, and a sun terrace. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated with private balconies and kitchenette facilities.
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Pyrgos Blue – The hotel is 1 km from the center, overlooking the Gulf of Malia. It has a garden, an outdoor pool, and a private beach area and it’s only a 10-minute walk away from the restaurants, shops, and clubs.
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Parthenis Beach, Suites by the Sea – The hotel is on the beachfront of Malia and it features modern suites with kitchen facilities and panoramic sea views. There is also a large outdoor swimming pool with a luxury terrace and hot tub. BBQ facilities, a restaurant, and a games room.
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Matala Beach, Crete

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A colorful corner in the village of Matala.

One of the most picturesque and attractive places to stay on the southern coast of Crete is the hippie village of Matala, facing the Libyan sea. It is about an hour from the center of Heraklion and a great place for a summer holiday on the island. The town, famous for the impressive caves that you will find on one of the sides of the beach, is a lively village with plenty of hotels, shops, and restaurants as well as pubs and coffee shops by the sea.

A stay in the area of Matala is perfect for a holiday that combines relaxation with some nightlife, music, and a unique atmosphere. Not far from Matala it is possible to visit unique beaches such as Agiofarago (located at the exit of a magnificent gorge), the fantastic naturist Red Beach, a short hike from Matala, or the ancient site and beach of Kommos.

Also rich in culture and historic importance, Matala is not far from the Archeological Site of Gortyna and the impressive Minoan Palaces of Phaistos, probably even more interesting than the overcrowded Knossos Palace.

Keep in mind that although the choice of hotels is varied, there are not as many properties to book as in the center of Heraklion, so it is a good idea to also consider the nearby settlements of Sivas, Kamilari, Pitsidia, and Kalamaki when looking for a place to stay.
These places are often more convenient in terms of pricing and availability and are only minutes from Matala Beach.

You might also want to read: How to get from Heraklion to Matala or Best Hotels in Matala.

Recommended Places to Stay in Matala

Valley Village – Located on the main street of Matala, the hotel offers traditional-style rooms, some of them featuring balconies with mountain views. There is a large open terrace, and two swimming pools, one for adults and a separate children’s pool.
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Thalasso Resort – This is a pet-friendly holiday home just a minute from the sea and in the center of Matala. It offers modern units with sea views, a terrace, and a comfortable kitchen.
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Kritamos Villa & Apartments – This family-run property is only 200 meters from the village of Kamilari. It offers self-catering maisonettes and apartments with furnished balconies or verandas, a kitchen or kitchenette as well as dining and seating areas. The property is 2 km from Kalamaki Beach and a short drive from Matala. The archaeological site of Phaistos is 3 km away.
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Best Areas to Stay in the Rethymnon Region, Crete

Rethymno Town and the Region of Rethymnon

Rethymnon, Crete - the old harbor

The fascinating region of Rethymnon is located right between Heraklion and Chania, which makes it a great destination to move around the island and visit different areas during your trip.

The capital of the region, also known as Rethymnon, is the third most important city in Crete. Just like Chania, it also features a charming old town with Venetian and Turkish influences, while the modern city is home to one of the most important universities on the island. The city is not only alive and bustling all year long, especially at night, but it is also an important touristic destination in the hottest months of the year.

Along the Rethymnon coastline, there are several hotels with beach access while the old town boasts some picturesque and luxurious boutique hotels hosted in former mansions and aristocratic houses.
In the old town, it is possible to wander the ancient alleys, stroll along the small Venetian harbor, or visit the imposing fortress facing the sea, the Fortezza.

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The Fortezza at night.

The old town also features several characteristic souvenir shops, pubs, traditional raki bars, taverns, coffee shops, restaurants, and self-catering accommodations. But you can also discover remarkable churches, museums, mosques, and many other interesting buildings.

The modern city is home to shops, banks, supermarkets, and many other convenience facilities. Near the municipal garden of Rethymnon, locals and tourists alike take advantage of the weekly farmer’s market (every Thursday) to stock on local produce, such as honey, cheese, and fresh greens.

All in all, Rethymno is a great destination all year round, and one of the best places to stay in Crete during the winter. It is perfect for families, couples, and solo travelers as well. For travelers eager to explore, the region hosts some unique monasteries (Arkadi and Preveli), an important archaeological site (Ancient Eleftherna), and some fantastic beaches on the southern coast.
Chania and Heraklion are a short bus ride from Rethymnon (about 90 minutes). Buses depart for both cities every hour from the main bus station, located just steps from the Venetian Fortress.

You might also like: Rethymnon Accommodation Guide and 2 Days in Rethymnon.

Recommended Places to Stay in Rethymnon Town, Crete

Hotel Olympia – Located less than 200 meters from the sandy beach in town, the hotel is ideal for families. It is also close to the old town (about 1.5 km) which you can reach by walking or taking the bus at the nearby bus stop. The property has an outdoor pool, a swimming pool for kids, and a garden bar.
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Ink Hotels Phos  – Located in the heart of the old town, in a fantastic ancient mansion, the hotel features family rooms and regular guest rooms. This hotel is real value for money and it’s in a great location, a few minutes away from many main attractions.
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Palazzino di Corina – One of the best places to stay in Rethymnon, this romantic hotel is in an ancient building in the old town. Some rooms have a jacuzzi and there’s also a gorgeous swimming pool on the patio.
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Panormos

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Panormos, Crete.

The picturesque beach town of Panormos is located on the north coast of Rethymnon. The village is small and easy to explore on foot, however, a car is recommended to move around further in the region.

In the seaside settlement, travelers will find narrow alleys with traditional Cretan houses made of stone, souvenir shops, delicious tavernas, a harbor, and three different beaches, calm and sheltered from the winds. The town of Panormos is located in what is believed to be the site of the ancient city Panormus. One of the most remarkable things to visit in town is the ancient Basilica of Agia Sophia one of the greatest Christian churches in Greece.

Panormos is a great destination for all kinds of travelers, from families with kids, to mature couples and honeymooners too.

Recommended Places to Stay in Panormos

Z Boutique Hotel – Located about 30 meters from the center of Panormos, this is a comfortable hotel with convenient rooms featuring a relaxing seating area and an inner courtyard with a pool, lounges, and trees.
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Theasea Stylish Residences – The venue is 650 meters from the beach, it has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and modern units with a fully equipped kitchenette and a dining area.
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The Royal Senses Resort Crete, Curio Collection by Hilton – One of the most stylish hotels in the region, the resort provides access to a private beach. It features a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor pool, a bar, and a fitness center. Especially for families, the venue also has a children’s playground.
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Bali

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Bali, Crete.

Another gorgeous area to stay in the region is the seaside resort of Bali a small but picturesque settlement with three beautiful bays. The main area of the village, located up a soft hill, offers gorgeous views of the beaches and the rugged coastline.

The most famous bay in Bali, Evita Bay, is an ideal location for water sports and recreational activities by the sea. The village, catering to couples and mature travelers, is in a picturesque but quite isolated area, therefore it will be necessary to rent a car if you want to move around in the village itself or have the freedom to explore other beaches nearby.
Bali, however, is not far from the main National Road. Here, it is possible to take the bus that takes you to Chania, Rethymnon town, and Heraklion.

Recommended Places to Stay in Bali

Blue Bay Lifestyle – The hotel is in an elevated position overlooking the sea and the village. It has ample rooms with a private balcony and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and a bar.
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Bali Star Resort Hotel – This 3-star beachfront hotel is a beautiful and value-for-money accommodation. It’s a short distance from the beach, built amphitheatrically on a small peninsula. It offers a restaurant, a large garden, playground, pool, and beach bar. The rooms have all modern comforts while free parking is also available at the property.
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Atali Grand Resort – The place has 2 seasonal outdoor swimming pools, 2 restaurants, an ATM, and luggage storage. Rooms come with a desk and a balcony, some of them with spectacular sea views.
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Plakias

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Bay of Plakias, South Rethymnon.

Located on the southern coast of Rethymnon, Plakias is an important seaside village home to a gorgeous beach and near many small coves and smaller beaches, including Ammoudi, Damnoni, Rodakino, and Ammoudaki. Some of these are famous nudist beaches and also home to important scuba diving centers both snorkeling and scuba are two of the main reasons to visit the area.

Plakias is a great place to stay if you want to explore the south of Crete, although a car will be necessary to move around since the area is quite isolated.
Not far from Plakias it is possible to hike the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, visit Peveli Beach with its gorgeous palm trees and river, as well as the Preveli Monastery, and venture further east to spend a day on the magnificent beaches of Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, and Ligres, among the most beautiful beaches in south Crete.

Plakias is also close to the neighboring region of Chania, and the coastal trip from Plakias to Frangokastello is among the most beautiful road trips you can take in Crete.

Recommended Places to Stay in Plakias

Flisvos Rooms – Just 20 meters from the beach, the self-catering accommodation is only minutes from the center of the village of Plakias, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, and shops. The guest rooms have gorgeous views of the sea or the mountains surrounding the bay.
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Hapimag Resort Damnoni – This is a beautiful, 4-star aparthotel facing the beach of Damnoni, about 1 km from the spectacular Kalypso Beach, and minutes from Plakias. The venue has an outdoor pool, a sun terrace, a restaurant, and a private beach area. Rooms have a seating area and coffee-making amenities. There are on-site water sports facilities and bike hire available.
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Anogeia

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Anogia (Anogeia), Rethymnon.

Stay in the mountains for a change and discover the magnificent landscape of the Psiloritis, the highest peak on the island. But also unique traditions and a different kind of lifestyle… A traditional village such as Anogeia is the perfect destination for those interested in discovering a typical Cretan mountain village but also to hike in the mountains or venturing into some of the imposing caves of the region, such as Sfendoni Cave or Chainospilios.

Here, you will be able to taste some delicious local dishes, explore unique customs, and marvel at the sound of the local music, costumes, and rituals. Mingle with the locals in the square of the village, learn about the Cretan Lyra, and surround yourself with some of the most magnificent landscapes in Crete.

Recommended Places to Stay in Anogeia

Perachori Boutique Studios – Check this cozy property in the main square of the village, built in stone respecting the traditional architecture of the island. The apartment has a patio, a seating area, and a fully equipped kitchen. Some units have a dining area or a balcony.
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Delina Mountain Resort – Perfect all year round, this 4-star resort is located in a privileged position over the village of Anogia, with stunning views of the surrounding valleys. The venue, perfect for couples, also offers services for pleasant moments of relaxation and rejuvenation
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Best Areas to Stay in the Lasithi Region, Crete

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos, Crete

The capital and most important city in the Lasithi region is Agios Nikolaos, a coastal own facing the Sea of Crete, perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families. This somewhat small town in eastern Crete is a picturesque destination, it features a gorgeous lake that is connected to the sea through a narrow inlet. 

Agios, as locals love to call their city, has a somewhat international feel to it. There are several boutique stores, restaurants, and souvenir shops along the main pedestrian road, interesting churches, and a few remarkable museums

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Voulismeni Lake, Agios Nikolaos.

In the area, you can explore some unique beaches, and dozens of fantastic restaurants and, if you also rent a car, venture along the mountain roads to discover the Lasithi Plateau, the southern coast, and the easternmost beach of Vai.

Not far from Agios, it is also possible to visit the former leper colony of Spinalonga, the exclusive hotels in Elounda, and the charming, little fishing village of Plaka. East Crete hosts amazing, isolated beaches, a fantastic monastery (Toplou), and a fantastic uninhabited island that you can visit with a boat from the coastal town of Ierapetra, on the shores of the Libyan Sea

You might also want to read: Best Places to Stay in Agios Nikolaos or Best Free Things to Do in Agios Nikolaos.

Recommended Places to Stay in Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Hotel Port 7- Boutique Collection – The hotel is a 2-minute walk from the beach, at the entrance of the port, close to bars, restaurants, and shops. The rooms have direct views of the Mirabello Bay and Voulismeni Lake, and some of them come with a kitchenette or an outdoor hot tub.
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Ammoudara Beach Hotel Apartments – Located right on the beachfront of the Blue Flag beach of Ammoudara, only 3 km from Agios, the hotel has comfortable family rooms, a restaurant, a coffee bar, and a small family pool.
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Candia Park Village – Offering 4-star accommodation overlooking the Mirabello Bay, the hotel has 3 pools, 2 private beaches with sunbeds and umbrellas, and a children’s club. Rooms and suites are spacious and include a well-equipped kitchenette with a dining area. There is also an on-site restaurant, an outdoor taverna, and a traditional Greek coffee house.
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Ierapetra, Crete

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Another great place to stay in Lasithi (and a favorite of mine) is Ierapetra, the southernmost town in Europe. Also, a perfect place for a holiday off-season thanks to its warm weather and lack of rain almost all year.

The city features several hotels, many on the beach, as well as traditional taverns, restaurants, and bars. The waterfront promenade is a great place for shopping or discovering unique landmarks, such as the House of Napoleon, the small port, and the Fort of Ierapetra. In town, you can also explore an old Turkish mosque and a small archaeological museum.

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The beautiful fountain, the mosque, and the minaret.

Although you can get to Ierapetra by bus from Agios and Heraklion, you will need a car to visit picturesque towns such as the small Myrtos, Makrigialos, and solitary beaches in the east, like Xerokampos or Agia Fotia.
Ierapetra is the perfect base to spend a day at Chrissi, a magnificent, uninhabited island with fantastic golden beaches and crystal clear seas. This city is a great place for couples, families, and backpackers. Adventurous travelers can explore unique gorges in the area as well.

Recommended Places to Stay in Ierapetra

Enorme Santanna Beach – The hotel is located around 200 meters from the beach, and it features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a bar. Some rooms have pool views, and all rooms have a coffee machine.
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Ostria Resort and Spa – Inspired by the traditional architecture of Cretan villages, the property is set on beautiful grounds facing the Libyan Sea, about 4.5 km from the center of Ierapetra. Among the facilities, there is a marketplace, a tiny chapel, a playground with minigolf, and a creperie.
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Coral Hotel – This is a 3-star hotel in Ierapetra, only a short walk from the beach in the center of Ierapetra. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and rooms with terraces or balconies.
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Elounda and the Fishing Village of Plaka

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Elounda.

One of the most popular seaside resorts on the island is Elounda, a village by the sea that is home to some of the best hotels in Crete. It features a beautiful beach with quiet waters on the Mirabello Gulf.
The coastal town has a small port, right opposite the main square which is a great departing point to visit the former leper colony of Spinalonga, a small islet off the coast of Elounda.
Near the center of the village, it is possible to visit the Kolokitha Peninsula, with a beautiful and pristine beach and the ancient underwater ruins of Olous.

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The beach of Plaka, in Lasithi

Elounda is also minutes from the pristine pebbled shore in the small village of Plaka, another great place to stay in the area, and also a departure place for a short trip to Spinalonga Island. Plaka is smaller and more relaxed than Elounda, it has a beautiful pebble beach and plenty of traditional, fish taverns along the waterfront.

Recommended Places to Stay in Elounda and Plaka

Elounda Mare Relais & Châteaux Hotel – This is a top hotel with spectacular views over Mirabello Bay.
It has top-quality restaurants and a variety of leisure activities. The rooms are elegant and spacious while the bungalows are surrounded by bougainvillea-filled courtyards and include private swimming pools.
Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Blue Palace Elounda – Righ on the coast of Plaka, this beachfront hotel is 5 km from the center of Elounda. The 5-star hotel combines luxurious accommodation with award-winning cuisine and a state-of-the-art spa, featuring infinity pools, a water sports center, and 2 tennis courts. Accommodation includes elegant suites and bungalows with a private pool.
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Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection – This is one of the most renowned resorts on the island. It is located overlooking Mirabello Bay, only a few kilometers from Agios Nikolaos. It features a private beach, shops, a library, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
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Sitia

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The port of Sitia.

Located on the easternmost area of the island, Sitia is a gorgeous and relaxing seaside town on the northern coast of Lasithi. The city features a beautiful Fortress, and a quaint seaside promenade with beautiful hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.

Sitia is a perfect place to stay to explore (by car, of course), the solitary east part of the island. From here, it is easy to reach the imposing Toplou Monastery, visit beaches such as Vai and Kouremenos, and devote time to hiking Richtis Gorge, on the northern coast, or the gorge of Zakros facing the east, or explore the remote beaches of Xerokampos.

You might also want to read: Best Things to Do in Sitia.

Recommended Places to Stay in Sitia

Sitia Beach – Located a short walk from the city center, Sitia Beach is a 5-star hotel with 3 swimming pools, a tennis court, and a spa. It is located on a private beach area and has rooms with sea, pool, or garden views.
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Sitia Bay – This is a self-catering accommodation on the sandy beach of Sitia and is just a 5-minute walk from the town center. The venue features a garden, a pool with hydromassage, a rooftop terrace, a small gym, a sauna, and a playing area for kids.
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What Kind of Accommodation to Book in Crete

Crete is an island with a wide variety of choices when it comes to accommodation. Suiting every need, every style, and — most importantly — every pocket.

Hotels & Resorts:
Hotels: Crete has hotels in every category. From family-run hotels to international chains. From 1 to 5 stars.
Boutique hotels: Usually located in important urban centers. Boutique hotels cater to just a few guests and offer dedicated services.
All-Inclusive resorts: These are located in special areas, such as Elounda, Agia Pelagia, Platanias, or Kavros.

Check these regional hotel guides:
– Best Hotels in Chania: Accommodation Guide for All Budgets!
– Where to Stay in Rethymnon: Top Hotels in Rethymnon Town and Region
– Where to Stay in Heraklion: Insanely Helpful Accommodation Guide For Crete’s Capital
– Best Agios Nikolaos Hotels: Where to Stay in Agios Nikolaos, Lasithi, Crete
– Best Hotels in Elounda
– Best Hotels in Matala
– Best Hotels in Falasarna
– Best Hotels in Hersonissos

Check these thematic hotel guides:
– Stunning Boutique Hotels in Chania Old Town
– 17 Picture-Perfect Luxury Resorts in Crete for a Top Class Experience!
– Where to Stay in Crete For Beaches: Best Places and Hotels in Each Region
– Best Places in Crete for Families: Where to Stay and Top Family Resorts
– Best Places to Stay in Crete for Young Couples: The Most Romantic Areas, Resorts, and Hotels
– Best Resorts and Spa Hotels in Crete for a Relaxing Getaway

My favorite way to travel in Crete is on the road. For me, the ideal road trip includes many stops & short stays. This means choosing simple studios, family-run hotels, and rental houses away from the main cities.
However, many times I’ve stayed in city hotels, either for work or before taking a plane or a ship.
I’ve reviewed some of them, click on the links below you to read the reviews:

Check these hotel reviews:
– Unique Stays in Crete: Porto Maltese Boutique Estate in Agios Nikolaos
– Unique Stays in Crete: Domus Renier Boutique Hotel in Chania
– Unique Stays in Crete: Olive Green Hotel in Heraklion
– Unique Stays in Crete: Galaxy Iraklio Hotel in Heraklion
– Unique Stays in Crete: The Theodore Boutique Hotel in Chania
– Unique Stays in Crete: Pepi Boutique Hotel in Rethymnon

Property rental & Vacation homes:
Budget: This option includes renting a room or a studio (one-room apartment), both via online booking platforms as well as on-site upon arrival.
Mid-range: It’s possible to book small apartments and suburban houses at convenient prices, mostly if booking in advance.
Luxury: You can rent a bigger house or a villa with a pool, bbq, and other amenities.

Even when it comes to homes often promoted as “Airbnbs” I usually prefer to book via Booking.com as it is more reliable and there are no cleaning fees.

Check these rental homes guides:
– Airbnbs and Vacation Homes in Heraklion
– Airbnbs and Vacation Homes in Chania
– Airbnbs and Vacation Homes in Rethymnon
– Airbnbs and Vacation Homes in Agios Nikolaos and Lasithi region
– Airbnbs in and Rental Homes in Paleochora
– Airbnbs and Rental Homes in Elafonisi
– Airbnbs and Rental Homes in Gavdos
– Unique Stays in Crete: Blossom Living Residence in Heraklion

Camping:
There are about 15 official camping sites on Crete. Check here for information about some of the facilities
Although the Greek law forbids outdoor camping in public places, many tourists camp illegally, especially in the south.
No matter what option you choose, remember to respect the delicate environment of the island. 

Check this guide to camping in Crete:
– Camping in Crete: Where to Camp in Crete + 3 Tips To Have Outdoor Fun!


What about you? Where are you planning to stay in Crete?
Let me know in the comments below!

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LAST-MINUTE PLANS FOR CRETE?
Use Ferryhopper and Skyscanner for the best ticket rates.
Find great accommodation deals on Booking.com.
Compare car rental prices with Discover Cars.
– Check the best tours with GetYourGuide.
Visit Elafonisi, discover Balos Beach, hike Samaria, or explore Knossos.
 Pack the Lonely Planet Guide to Crete or get my digital guide to Chania.

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About the author of this blog:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and writing for The Tiny Book and her other blogs.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published three travel guides about Greece, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.

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