Rentals And Holiday Homes On Crete

Whether you are wanting to slow down and enjoy a Mediterranean lifestyle in your retirement, looking to live in the area before buying a home, escaping cold winters for a warmer climate or spending the duration of a construction project here, renting a property offers a good solution. We specialise in long-term rental homes, and with our own personal experiences of moving from one country to another, we can offer a very personal and informative service, initially to find a property and then to support your stay here.

Many of Crete Island Estates’ clients now live permanently in Crete, but their initial visits to our island were for exploration and discovery. With our extensive contacts with the local villagers, Crete Island Estates has a considerable list of rentals and holiday homes available for long-term rentals.

What will I need to rent in Crete?

If you are an EU citizen you are welcome to rent here with just a Greek tax number for contract purposes (like a registration number) which you can apply for in Chania.  Non-EU visitors should check with their own embassies for current guidelines. Some form of health insurance will be required although there is free emergency medical care or private doctors.

How do I rent a property?

We strongly recommend a visit to the area and will arrange property viewings for you, but the majority of our clients now rent via our website. We encourage you to do some research yourself (facts rather than expat opinions!) and ask as many questions about the area and property to ensure you make an informed decision before you commit to a contract. With such a buoyant rental market in this region, we recommend visits only a month or so before the actual start of a contract as we cannot usually ‘reserve’ a house for longer than this.


When you have made your choice, we arrange a standard bilingual (English and Greek) contract for you and the landlord, and then via bank transfer, we ask for a refundable damages deposit plus a month’s rent in advance plus agency fees (depending on the length of the contract).  We do not charge a renewal fee in case of an extension past 1 year on the same property, and if you build or buy a property with us within the contract period, we will give a reduction in fees for the purchase. The minimum length of contract we arrange is generally 12 weeks.

Living in Crete

There are many different things to consider when moving here. The Apokoronas region is made up of lovely traditional villages and seaside towns open all year round, so we recommend some form of transport as the bus service is limited.

The good: Our way of life is a laid-back slower pace of life, centred around outdoor living, drinking cold local wine in village squares, early morning swimming in the sea, afternoon siestas in the heat of the day and enjoying later meals in the cooler star-covered nights during the hot, dry spells in summer, which are often reflected in the style of properties on offer.

The bad: Village life means fewer amenities, occasional water and electric cuts, limited connection to landlines (Wi-Fi by satellite systems), insects, high temperatures and a lack of public transport.

For most clients this is a completely different way of living, so flexibility and an open mind are recommended!

When to come

From April to October, we have long hot, dry summers with warm seas and outdoor living, and the area comes alive with all the businesses open and many visitors to the area. In winter, everything calms down when the summer visitors leave, and we have time to explore the island in the cooler weather, hike, take up hobbies and projects, enjoy the wildlife and dine on hearty Cretan winter dishes in front of big log fires. January and February are our rainy period, when the climate becomes damper and summer businesses close for winter. As lovely as the laid-back, relaxed lifestyle is here in Crete, it does come at the cost of a more basic infrastructure and less modern amenities. But we are here to support you with your relocation and will provide all the information you will need to enjoy your time in Crete.

Start your holiday now with Crete Island Estates!

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