As Greece’s largest island, Crete boasts 650 miles of pristine coastline, fascinating ancient ruins, and a local cuisine to die for. The magnificent natural scenery includes lush green valleys, majestic mountaintops, and striking blue waters, and the unique combination of traditional villages and urban attractions means you’ll never run out of things to do.
If you’re thinking of planning a trip, take a look at the following list of the best Airbnbs in Crete. All of the following homes are equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and are hosted by superhosts – hosts with a proven track record of providing outstanding hospitality. Many of these rentals also boast Airbnb Plus status, which is an exclusive program for high-end accommodations that have been verified for quality through in-person inspection.
Luxurious Villa Near Plaka Village
Rent out your own private paradise with this split-level stone villa with an infinity pool.
With three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, the stylish Airbnb Plus can accommodate up to seven guests. The sun-soaked interior boasts soaring high ceilings, modern minimalist décor, and exposed wood accents. There is plenty of common space for the whole group to hang out both inside and outside. The spacious living room is furnished with a soft blue sectional sofa, and the full kitchen features a full range of stainless-steel appliances perfect for cooking your own meals. Outside, you’ll find a ton of grassy space, a private patio, a stylish back garden with an outdoor kitchen, and a lovely front garden with a luxurious private pool. Additional amenities include in-unit laundry facilities and baby gear available upon request.
Located in the traditional village of Plaka, this Crete Airbnb is surrounded by sprawling green hillsides. There is also a main square just a few minutes away that offers plenty of local shops and taverns.
Modern Apartment in the Heart of the City
Recently renovated, this updated rental apartment in Crete boasts a beautiful interior with a ton of character.
Ideal for one or two couples, a small family, or a group of friends, the home offers two main bedrooms with double beds and one children’s room with a cot and other baby gear. Intricate tilework and unique modern artwork make the space cheerful and welcoming, and the gorgeous living room is equipped with a Smart TV, a Bluetooth sound system, and a video game console. The home also comes with one modern full kitchen, one full bathroom, and a private patio where you can enjoy meals in the fresh air. Pets are allowed in the home, and extra convenient features include beach gear and a free parking space.
Tucked away on a quiet side street in downtown Heraklion, this cozy Airbnb sits right next to the Archeological Museum. The city’s most popular sites are all within walking distance of the apartment as are several bars, restaurants, and cafés.
Designer Penthouse With Panoramic Views
If you’re looking to live luxuriously in a state-of-the-art rental, this glamorous serviced apartment may be the best Crete Airbnb for you.
The industrial-style interior offers a unique selection of floating furniture and plenty of open space. A large wall of windows opens onto the private rooftop terrace, where you can swing in the relaxing hanging chair and marvel at 360° views of the city. The efficient studio layout also features a full kitchen with a breakfast bar, a luxurious full bathroom with a rain-style walk-in shower, and a queen-size bed in a cozy sleeping nook. The high-end building offers a great selection of amenities such as a laundry room, a wine bar, and private parking.
Set in a quiet neighborhood in the historic city of Chania, the rental offers a tranquil stay with easy access to the Old Town and the seashore.
Lovely One-Bedroom Airbnb in Crete
If you’re looking for a luxurious rental apartment in Chania with vibrant surrounding streets and urban attractions, check out this designer home in the city center.
The sunny interior was recently redecorated with high-end furnishings and sleek modern finishes, and the full kitchen boasts vibrant blue cabinets and a retro-style refrigerator. There is also a cozy lounge area with a TV and a glass dining table, a full bathroom with a walk-in shower, and one bedroom furnished with a queen-size bed. Glass doors lead out to the private outdoor space where you can step onto the plant-filled balcony and have a drink in the fresh air or marvel at the beautiful view. Additional amenities include a washing machine, free parking, and beach gear.
Located in a lively neighborhood in the city center, this convenient Airbnb is just a short walk away from Chaina’s Old Town and the beach.
Private House With Beautiful Sea Views
This detached vacation rental in Crete offers a peaceful and private stay on a charming Airbnb Plus property.
With two bedrooms and one full bathroom, the home is ideal for couples and small groups. The bright and spacious living room is decorated with soft ivory tones and warm exposed brick. There is a comfy sofa and a desk as well as a full wall of glass that brings the unobstructed sea views inside, brightening up the entire home. The larger bedroom is furnished with a double bed, the smaller room offers two single beds, and there is a full bathroom with a washing machine. Guests also have access to a private patio, which is furnished with a small dining table and two sun loungers and provides panoramic sea views.
Nestled in the quiet resort town of Platanias Chania, this Airbnb is just a stone’s throw away from the charming streets of the main square.
Authentic Stone Hideaway
For a historic rental with original details and charming décor, check out this private house near the coast.
Crafted from authentic Venetian stone, the home comprises two light-filled floors and features one bedroom with a queen-size bed. The home is pet-friendly, and although it’s filled with Old-World charm, it also offers plenty of modern amenities like a washer and dryer, a TV, and a modern full bathroom with a walk-in shower. The interior design is soft and elegant with plenty of warm wood accents and subtle pops of color. On the first floor, you’ll find a full kitchen and a cozy living room with an extra sofa bed. The bedroom is on the second floor and also comes with a TV, a small sitting area, and a vanity.
Near the Old Port area of Chania, this unique Airbnb in Crete is surrounded by historic buildings and ancient ruins.
Modern House on the Harbor
If you’re interested in a spacious house rental with a historic location, check out this picturesque home near the water.
With two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and plenty of common space, the rental can accommodate up to six guests. Each of the bedrooms is furnished with a queen-size bed, and the bathrooms both offer a luxurious walk-in shower. Additional features include a washer and dryer, free parking on the property, and a private balcony overlooking the historic marketplace. High ceilings and large windows make the space bright and airy, and the main living room features a wall-mounted Smart TV and stylish leather furnishings. An additional living area doubles as a third bedroom, offering a cozy sofa bed, a Smart TV, and balcony access.
Set on a quiet cobblestone street on the Old Venetian Harbor, this Crete Airbnb offers a tranquil escape with a convenient location.
Traditional Stone House in Tzitzifes
Originally built in the 1850s, this short-term rental in Crete offers a charming interior with gorgeous antique accents.
Arched walkways and exposed log beams combine with vintage décor in the recently updated interior. On the first floor of the home, you’ll find a spacious living room with a daybed and a dining table as well as an updated full kitchen with modern appliances and a cozy dining nook. Upstairs, there are two spacious bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with two single beds. There is also one modern full bathroom with a relaxing soaking tub and a washing machine, and the rental comes with a spacious stone patio and a back garden. The home is also suitable for families with small children, and baby gear is available upon request.
Set on the edge of the village of Tzitzifes, this beautiful oasis is surrounded by endless greenery. There is also a church, a traditional tavern, and plenty of hiking opportunities nearby.
Unique City Apartment Overlooking the Sea
For a carefree stay by the beach, check out this well-equipped apartment rental in Ammoudi.
The modern Crete Airbnb is characterized by a bright white interior and large glass doors that lead onto a private balcony and overlook the shimmering turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. With one bedroom and one full bathroom, the apartment is ideally suited for solo travelers and couples. In the spacious living room, you’ll find a comfy sofa, a relaxing hanging chair, and a dining table. Subtle beach-themed décor and wood and wicker accents add to the relaxing ambiance of the home, and guests also have access to a modern full bathroom with stainless-steel appliances. Additional amenities include a Smart TV, cozy plush robes, and a washing machine.
Ammoudi is an upscale neighborhood exploding with life and filled with local taverns, trendy restaurants, and vibrant nightlife venues. Agios Nikolaos Bridge can also be reached by a pleasant 10-minute walk along the seafront.
Cozy Poolfront Apartment With Beach Views
Another stunning vacation home by the beach, this bright serviced apartment is one of the best Airbnb rentals in Crete for a relaxing getaway with hotel-style conveniences.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is furnished with one double bed and one sofa bed, making it suitable for couples and small families with up to four people. The open-concept living area is bright and beautiful with glass doors leading out to the private outdoor space and a full kitchen with updated appliances. Outside, you’ll find a lush garden, a fun BBQ area, and plenty of lounge chairs. The rental also comes with access to a luxurious pool deck that offers panoramic views of the gorgeous green landscape, traditional homes, and the expansive blue waters. The pet-friendly apartment also comes with laundry facilities, free parking, and gym access.
Set just steps away from pristine beaches, this conveniently located Airbnb in Crete boasts calm surroundings and a serene landscape. The neighborhood is both quiet and friendly, and there are also plenty of opportunities to engage in watersports and visit some of the nearby fish taverns.
Charming Old Town Loft
This unique vacation apartment for rent in Crete boasts a stunning combination of Venetian and Ottoman architecture.
Up to four guests can stay in the two-bedroom, one-bathroom home, which is furnished with one queen-size bed and one double bed. The interior is spacious and cozy with warm wood accents and plenty of open space. Guests have access to two different private outdoor spaces, including a lower-level terrace and a balcony. There is also a full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, wooden cabinetry, and a breakfast bar. Additional amenities include a washing machine, a dishwasher, beach essentials, and baby gear.
The historic house is nestled along a quiet alleyway on the Old Harbor of Chania and is surrounded by old shops, bars, and restaurants. The lovely beach of Nea Chora is also just 15 minutes away.
Artistic and Central Apartment Rental in Crete
Ideal for solo travelers and couples, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment offers a stylish stay with a full selection of modern comforts and updated amenities.
Recently remodeled, the light-filled interior is decorated with neutral earth tones, fun splashes of color, and indoor plants. The spacious bedroom features a comfy double bed, a wall-mounted TV, and a large closet for storing your belongings. There is also an ultra-modern full kitchen with shiny white cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, and a dishwasher, and the luxurious full bathroom boasts a rain-style walk-in shower. In the bright white living room, you’ll find a comfy sofa, a glass dining table, a TV, funky modern chandeliers, and an in-unit washing machine. The rental also comes with a lovely private patio, furnished with a small dining table and a cozy futon.
Located within walking distance of the Old Venetian Harbor, the apartment offers easy access to main shopping streets, restaurants, bars, and more.
Urban Apartment in Iraklio
Next on our list is a brand-new studio apartment with an ultra-modern interior and a prime location near major tourist sites.
The space is small but efficient and is furnished with one queen-size bed and one sofa bed, making it ideal for solo travelers, couples, and small groups of up to three guests. The sleeping area and the living area are partially separated by a wooden divider with a built-in Smart TV, and next to the bed you’ll find a cozy window seat and some convenient storage space. The living area also leads out onto a private terrace and features a small dining table and a well-equipped kitchenette with an electric cooktop. The full bathroom resembles that of a high-end hotel, with a sparkling clean, oversized walk-in shower and a large vanity mirror.
From this comfy Crete Airbnb, guests can quickly and easily walk to popular attractions like the Archeological Museum, the Venetian Loggia, and the Four Lions Square. There are also plenty of modern bars, coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants nearby.
Contemporary Loft With Views of Kissamos Gulf
Rent an apartment in Crete that offers a stylish interior and breathtaking mountain views with this unique loft in a peaceful neighborhood.
The beautifully appointed studio features a spacious and relaxing living area, which is complete with a large blue sectional sofa, striking modern artwork, and a wall-mounted TV. The double bed is separated by a stone divider, and the space also comes with a modern full kitchen with a breakfast table. The private full bathroom comes with a washing machine and a rain-style walk-in shower, and additional amenities include room-darkening shades, beach essentials, and free parking on the premises. Large glass doors fill the space with natural light and open to reveal a large private patio overlooking the water and the mountains. Additional outdoor space includes a luscious front garden and a flower-adorned entryway.
Nestled on a quiet street near the center of Kissamos, the loft is close to several beautiful beaches, including Falasarna, Elafonisi, and Balos Lagoon. There are also plenty of convenient amenities like supermarkets, coffee shops, and pharmacies located just a five-minute walk away from the apartment.
Brand-New Home Near the Beach
Wrapping up our list is a luxurious Airbnb in Crete conveniently set just 50 meters away from the beach.
The open light-filled spaces, minimalist décor, and subtle beach theme make this the perfect choice for relaxing after a day at the shore. Up to five guests can stay in the home, which offers one bedroom with a king-size bed, one bedroom with two single beds, and a comfy sofa in the living room. Each of the bedrooms comes with a pillowtop mattress and its own Smart TV, and the spacious living room connects to a private balcony overlooking the mountains. There is a second balcony off of the full kitchen, which features a full selection of stainless-steel appliances and connects to a large dining area. The rental also comes with one full bathroom with a washing machine and a rain-style walk-in shower.
Located along the sandy shores of Nea Chora, the luxurious beach rental is surrounded by crystal clear waters and plenty of parks and open green spaces.
Hopefully this list helps you make the most of your trip and you land a stay in one of the best Airbnbs in Crete.