With a rich culture that you can discover in the many archeological sites, museums, and historical buildings, Crete is a wonderful all-year-round destination in Greece.  

The island is huge, so deciding where to stay in Crete is not a straightforward choice. We are here to help you with this complete guide on the best places to stay in Crete. 


The perk of Chania is that, although big, it has a small-town feel for an authentic local experience. It has all the conveniences as well as scenic areas you can reach with a short drive or bus ride. 


Heraklion is the easiest city to reach and you will find the most visited landmark on the island, the magnificent Knossos Palace, and the unmissable Archeological Museum of Heraklion.

Rethymnon is a great accommodation in Crete. You will love the small harbor with the impressive Venetian Fortress and the several mosques scattered around the town. 



The harbor area is vibrant and features countless bars, clubs, and restaurants open until late. Besides the bustling nightlife, Hersonissos has a fun water park, and archeological site close by.

It’s a popular tourist beach spot all year round for the mild and warm climate. The town has a cozy atmosphere and overlooks Mirabello Bay. 

Agios Nikolaos


Matala became enormously famous in the 1970s when Canadian singer Joni Mitchell visited the town and wrote a song about it, and has been a hippie getaway ever since.

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