If you are heading to Crete, then be sure to visit Chania as it is one of the most beautiful and dynamic towns on the island. Entrenched with a rich history, zestful culture and beautiful surrounding areas, it is best known for its ancient Venetian harbour, waterfront restaurants and narrow streets with an authentic ambience. Plus Airbnb Crete has a lot of options for the visitor looking for a unique place to stay.
This is the type of place where you’ll plan to only spend a few days and then you end up staying a week! Therefore renting an airbnb will be your best bet. Ready to go? Here is a summary of the best areas, some travel tips and, most importantly a guide to the best Airbnb Chania has to offer. And if you want $30 off your first stay, you can sign up with this link.
Airbnb Crete Best Places To Stay
When visiting Chania, staying in the Old Town is a must. It is a great place to witness the city’s history, with evidence of Turkish and Venetian influences. It also has a lively atmosphere offering much to see and do – from irresistible shops to authentic markets and restaurants. The old town of chain is probably where the majority of Airbnb Crete apartments can be found – and is of course a top destination for tourists.
*Tip*: Make sure to hop over to Hatzimihali Daliani street – a very vibey strip with a pocket full of interesting shops, cozy bars and authentic Greek restaurants.
Charming Studio in the Old Town!
Situated in a beautiful street, this charming studio is perfect for a couple who are looking for a central Crete rental. This home is at the center of all the amenities the Old Town has to offer.
The studio offers a queen size bed, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom with solar heated panels, wifi and aircon.
It is beautifully decorated with a mixture of wood and stone, using warm colors and modern finishes to create a romantic and cozy atmosphere.
Why we love it? It has a small private balcony where you can sip on your morning coffee and appreciate the beautiful old architecture.
Price: €55 per night
Chania’s old Harbour (also known as the ‘Old Port’) was established by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356. To this day it is one of the most significant commercial ports in the east side of the Mediterranean. A vibrant spot with many restaurants and beautiful harbour views.
*Tip*: Grab your camera and take a stroll to the Venetian Lighthouse.
Madonna Del Mare: Frida Kahlo Room
A room situated in a boutique hotel that has been converted from the ruins of an old Venetian monastery, highlighting the historic uniqueness of the building.
Very stylishly decorated with a modern-meets-old design, the room offers a queen size bed, full bathroom, spacious lounge with a TV, wifi, aircon, laminated floors and old stone walls.
It is the perfect location if you still want to be in the heart of old town Chania, but without the hustle and bustle as the hotel is located in a quiet area.
Why we love it? Inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the colourful and playful design is truly unique!
Price: €91 per night
Located 50km from Chania town Falassarna Beach has been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in Europe. It is therefore a perfect spot to laze in the sun and take a splash in the warm turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea.
*Tip*: Visit the ruins of the ancient Hellenistic harbour.
Seafront Luxurious Villa
A lot of families are looking for more spacious Crete houses for rent, therefore this luxurious villa is perfect for a family who want to be only a few steps from Falassana beach.
The villa can host up to 5 guests and offers 2 bedrooms with double beds and en suite bathrooms, as well as a third smaller bedroom. It also boasts a spacious lounge with a fully fitted open plan kitchen – including a washing machine!
It also has wifi, aircon and loads of parking on the premisses.
Why we love it? The front porch overlooks the rocks and beach – perfect for sundowners or enjoying a home-cooked meal with a breath of salty air.
Price: €111 per night
Situated 2.5 kilometers west of Chania city, it translates to ‘The Golden Beach’. Filled with the signature ‘tree’ umbrellas, cocktail bars and cafes, it is ideal for young people to enjoy a perfect holiday destination.
*Tip*: Pop in by Emmanuel Jewellery and treat yourself to some bling. They have a big designer collection and unique items at very affordable prices.
Stylish House 2 min from the Beach!
Light, bright and decorated with playful colours and finishes, this little gem is only a stone-throw away from Chrissi Akti’s famous ‘golden beach’.
The apartment is situated on the ground floor and offers one bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom, wifi, aircon, a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge. It leads out to a lush green yard with beautiful views and BBQ.
Conveniently located and only a 5 minute walk to the beach, shops and restaurants.
Why we love it? If you are tired of having sandy toes, there is a park closeby where you can relax on the grass with your favourite book.
Price: €40 per night
5.Chania West: Mountain
If you want to explore Chania’s ‘inner beauty’, the west side offers a pocket of mountain villages with stunning views, historical sites and scenic hiking trails.
*Tip*: For the fit and adventurous travellers – hiking Samaria Gorge is a must! Roughly 16 kilometres and one of the longest gorges in Europe, it offers scenic views all day long.
Stone made Mansion!
A cozy stone cottage with breathtaking views is situated in the mountain village of the west side of Chania – ideal for a couple who wants to catch their breath with fresh mountain air.
Decorated with traditional antique Cretan furniture and surrounded by orange trees and olive groves, it oozes tranquility and an escape to a ‘countryside way of life’.
The cottage has 1 bedroom with a double bed, 1 bathroom, dining room, a large and fully equipped kitchen, wifi, T.V as well as private parking on the premises.The balconies offer beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and village.
Why we love it? The owner Nikolaos likes to welcome guests with authentic Greek treats such as flowers, freshly produced olive oil and raki. What a treat!
Price: €40 per night
6. Lake Kournas
The only freshwater lake in Chania offers a beautiful landscape.It lies in the valley amongst the hills and the mirror-like waters reflects the White Mountains – a perfect spot for nature lovers.
*Tip*: Pack your picnic bag and spend the day alongside the lake, soaking up the sun or ride a pedalo on the water.
This villa will leave you dazzled by the spectacular panoramic views of Lake Kournas in a quiet and tranquil location.
It offers a bedroom with a double bed, bathroom, fully fitted kitchen and lounge leading to private balcony. This is the perfect spot to enjoy the views with a glass of wine!
Within walking distance from the lake, shops and fantastic local restaurant to enjoy a traditional Greek dish.
Why we love it? Other than the brilliant location, the eclectic blue and white furniture and finishes alludes to a true Greece experience. Also, the price! Great value for money!
Price: €37 per night.
Akrotiri is a vast peninsula northwest of Chania, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Akrotiri is also home to the Airport of Chania and offers a handful of ancient monuments along with their history and legends.
*TiAdd Newp*: Explore Seitan Limania, situated in the northeast side of Akrotiri and one of Greece’s most beautiful and secluded beaches. Nestled in a canyon leading to the turquoise sea with a small strip of white sand – it is pure paradise. Also, there are cliff-jumping goats to keep you company!
The Garden of Zephyrus
A perfect romantic getaway for a couple, this studio apartment overlooks the Souda Harbour and offers fantastic views in a tranquil garden setting.
Decorated with modern furniture and finishes, the studio has a queen size bed, separate bathroom, open plan kitchen and lounge, wifi, aircon and a private balcony with beautiful views of the ocean.
The apartment is a true ‘home away from home’ and include extra goodies such as beach towels, mask and snorkels.
Why we love it? The price! Perfect for young newlyweds on a budget!
Price: €37 per night
In a nutshell, Chania is the perfect summer holiday destination – from wandering the streets to taking a stroll along the breezy harbor, admiring the countless historical sites, lazing around the beautiful beaches, or being greeted by wandering mountain goats.
We hope that our Crete Airbnb list will encourage you to comfortably experience this beautiful Mediterranean gem!
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