If you want to keep costs down and/or you prefer more flexibility on holiday, a self-catering apartment or villa is often the best option. Despite appearances to the contrary - all those luxury, all-inclusive resorts - Crete offers a good choice and our selection of the best self catering apartments and villas on Crete has something to suit all budgets and tastes.
Often the self catering options are tucked away in the quieter seaside villages or are in the heart of the island’s historical towns. Chania, for example, with its Venetian harbour and old port, or Réthymno with its medieval old town, Venetian fortress and mix of beautiful architecture, are good places to look. The latter is also close to Crete's longest sandy beach.
Very often, the best self-catering apartments and villas on Crete are in wonderfully restored buildings full of charm and real Cretan character.
If you want to get to the heart of the island - shop at local markets, chat with the locals - choosing to stay in one of the best self-catering apartments or villas on Crete can be an easy introduction. Still not found your perfect match? Check out our full selection of Crete recommendations.
A shining example of how to do low-impact tourism. Vamos is a collection of locally owned self-catering accommodation in and around a sleepy village. Interiors are comfortable and rustic and many feature private pools. Stunning views of the White Mountains are thrown in too. Ideal for families.
A charming hamlet of 13 former shepherds cottages surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees. The self catering studios are rustic and quaint and with stunning views of the local area and sea. This authentic and secluded spot is a 15-minute walk from the beaches and local town.
This townhouse turned boutique self-catering option has fabulous harbour views from the pretty roof terrace. The rooms are light and breezy, and generous with two or four beds. Enjoy the luxury of a mini kitchen for self-catering. Great spot for local exploring, beach and nightlife. Family friendly!
These colourful and simple self-catering apartments are in the hub of the Old Town of Chania. Good value studio rooms with views of the harbour make for a great base. Do not miss sunset from the roof terrace before stepping out to explore the local restaurants and bars.
Beautiful terracotta farmhouse dating from 1650, with central courtyard and lush gardens. Stunning self catering apartments marry old and new with admirable elegance. Fridges are daily stocked with wonderful organic produce from the hotels orchards. Privacy, style and a truly homely feel.
This boutique self-catering setup is a peaceful and friendly haven in the heart of Rethymnon. Light and comfortable rooms have private balconies, small kitchens and access to lovely breakfasts. Enjoy the small pool and the closeness to the action.
A super chic collection of villas in sophisticated Cretan style. Each villa has its own pool and living areas. Romantic rooms have parquet floors, four poster beds, and attractive furnishings. Excellent restaurant, lots of spa treatments. Romantic, grown-up, close to the beach, and family friendly.