Discover unknown spots and a local way of life in Crete with a stay at one of the island’s best Airbnbs.
Greece’s largest island is a marvellous place for family vacations, road trips, wine tourism and holidays, be they adventurous or relaxing. Thanks to its sheer size, it offers not only a plethora of experiences for travellers, but also a variety of accommodation options. Here are the best Airbnb rentals you can find in Crete.
Located in the small, peaceful village of Ferma on the southeast coast of Crete between Ierapetra and Makrigialos, this one-bedroom, sea-view apartment is just by the beach and comes with a spacious balcony where you can enjoy the view while having breakfast in the morning or drinks at night. It accommodates up to five guests and a baby, and features all the necessary amenities for a relaxing and comfortable stay in Ferma.
Mesogitonia House is a charming house in the hamlet of Zakros, on the eastern coast of Crete, just a few minutes from several gorgeous beaches. The area has managed to escape mass tourism development and still has a real authentic charm about it, as well as a Minoan archaeological site. The house is large and is accessible via a separate entrance. It includes a private backyard, a living room (with sofa and sofa bed), a recently renovated, fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms (one with a double bed and the other with a bunk bed) and a bathroom.
Falassarna Beach lies in the province of Kissamos on the northwest coast of Crete. This cute bungalow can host up to six guests, which makes it a perfect place for families or groups. It features two bedrooms, one bathroom and a small kitchen and is just a few metres from the famous beach. It also includes a front and back garden, where you can spend long hours reading, relaxing or eating in the outdoor dining area.
This open-plan studio-style guest house is perfect for two. Housed in a peach-hued building, the cottage is surrounded by traditional gardens that are home to a number of fruit trees (you’re more than welcome to pick from them) and come with a couple of resident cats who might slink by to say hi every now and then. The spacious kitchen, with its eggshell-blue Smeg fridge, will have even the most tentative of home cooks whipping up a Greek feast. The beach is just a five-minute walk away, too, so you’ll be living the island life in no time.
Like something out of a Bond film, this sleek, whitewashed villa appears to sit on the edge of the Earth, thanks to the uninterrupted ocean views from its infinity pool. Sleeping 12 guests in six bedrooms, this villa is luxury personified – five of the bedrooms are in the main house, and the sixth has its own self-contained apartment, so even large groups will have plenty of breathing room. An in-house gym means you can keep on top of your fitness routine, while a stone pathway leads to a private beach where you can dive into the ocean in peace.
This airy villa, decorated in a sand and ivory colour palette, mimics the smooth inside of a seashell. Wake up to the sound of the waves lapping the shore, and start your day with a dip in the ocean, just a few steps from your front door. The enormous outdoor living space – complete with outdoor shower – allows you to spend as much time as possible soaking up the Greek sun and incredible location, while a fully equipped kitchen means there’s little reason to leave. Its two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and the other with bunk beds, make it a great choice for families.
All clean lines, brushed concrete and earthy tones, this suite is exactly what you’d expect to find on a Greek island. The open-plan space sleeps two and has everything you need for an easy stay, including a coffee machine, hair dryer, Wi-Fi and clean linens and towels. The real drawcard, however, is the location. Situated directly on the beach, you’re just steps from the ocean, and there is a private al fresco shower to wash off the salt and sand at the end of a long day sunbathing.