Villa Palekastro

Palekastro & Far East Crete, Crete, Greece

Part of theSimpson Kids collection

Whether you're travelling with babes in arms, toddlers or school-age children, our Simpson Kids programme will help you find the perfect holiday to suit your family. From hotels with expert childcare to villas with complimentary infant packs and garden games for the kids, we have everything you need for a stress-free family holiday.
Simpson Kids

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  • Short walk to Kouremenos Beach
  • Beautiful views
  • Gentle stroll to nearest taverna
  • Authentic Crete at its best
  • Simpson family extras available

Advance Registration... select your dates and reserve your 2023 holiday online, with a fully refundable deposit of £500.

If you’re planning a holiday with little ones, you’ll probably already know that children and long hot walks don’t tend mix, which is why Villa Paleskastro is brilliant for younger families. The gorgeous sandy sweep of Kouremenos beach is just a toddler-friendly 150m from the front door, and if your little ones get fazed by the waves, you can always retreat to the pool in a matter of minutes. The villa’s pool is a pretty and private oasis, surrounded by trees with wonderful mountain views beyond, and if you want to see the sea, the front patio is a perfect vantage point. You can park yourself here with a book and a drink while the children take a nap perhaps, and at the same time admire the beautifully maintained lawned gardens, which are shared with two other villas. Eating out is convenient and very local; easier still is your villa’s own outdoor kitchen/barbecue terrace for the ultimate in relaxed family dining.

Of course, you don’t have to bring the family to get the most out of Villa Palekastro: with the beach, tavernas and a windsurf school and bar all within easy strolling distance, this cosy house will appeal just as much to couples looking for a really relaxing seaside escape in an authentically Cretan area. Your holiday includes a hire car, and this is an ideal base from which to discover the wilder side of Crete, from authentic little towns like nearby Palekastro, to the sleepy villages and unspoilt eastern coastline, where the beaches remain crowd-free even in the height of summer.

Looking for 10 nights..? Why not add a 3-night stay in a boutique hotel to your villa holiday. To find out more, view our 10-night holidays in Greece.

Good to know... It goes without saying that the road less travelled sometimes takes a little longer. Villa Palekastro is a two-hour drive from Heraklion. However, if you fancy a night or two in Athens on route, you can fly to Sitia and the villa is just a twenty-minute drive away. For more information, please visit our Short Stays in Athens page.



  • 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 4)
  • Suitable for families with children under 12

Ground floor

  • Open plan living/dining/kitchen area with TV.
  • Fully equipped kitchen includes full cooker, microwave, ILLY Mitaca coffee capsule machine, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Newly refurbished shower room

First floor/mezzanine

  • 7 steps up to double bedroom (170cm x 210cm bed); Doors to pool and terrace
  • Steps up to twin bedroom (85cm x 200cm beds) accessed through double bedroom; suitable for children under 12


  • Complimentary wifi
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Iron, Ironing board, hair dryer, bath and pool towels provided
  • Laundry service available
  • Shared extensvie lawned garden
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.5m) with walk-in steps
  • Shared entrance with two other villas
  • Parking space
  • Our Covid-19 pledge means your holiday is fully protected. However, there may be special conditions surrounding flexible booking at this property. For further details, please visit: /covid-pledge-flexible-booking.

Simpson family extras

  • Family favourite range of toys and games, suitable for ages 5-11


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

National tourist licence (EOT): 1040Κ10000014500


  • Beach 5min walk
  • Windsurf bar and taverna 5min walk
  • Chiona Beach and taverna 15min walk
  • Palekastro shops/tavernas 5min drive
  • Vai 20min drive
  • Sitia 25min drive
  • Heraklion airport 2hr 20min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2-3 guests – 1 Group C2, Fiat Grande Punto or similar*
  • 4 guests – 1 Group D2, Hyundai i30 or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres, wing mirrors and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group C2 – 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group D2 – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large suitcases

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group CA – Automatic Fiat Grande Punto or similar, 1.2-1.4 litre engine, 1 large suitcase*

Group D3 – Skoda Octavia or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

Group DA3 – Automatic Seat Toledo or similar, 1.4 - 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcase*

Group L2 – Skoda Yeti or similar, 2.0 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Customer feedback

We really enjoyed our stay. Marian was very friendly and helpful and always available if needed. The cleaner was excellent and she was very helpful and friendly too. We had a wonderful two weeks.
Ian Neal & Pat Dean – September 2019

For us, Villa Palekastro is almost perfect. A peaceful location but close (a 2-minute walk) to a lovely beach with excellent windsurfing and a beach bar where you can get decent food. There is also a restaurant next door serving homely Greek food. Not our first visit and probably won't be out last.
Roger & Sheila – September 2019

We have had an excellent experience with Simpson Travel. Staff have been extremely helpful throughout, particularly the rep and other staff at our accommodation. Thanks for all your help.
Smith Family – August 2019

The Simpson Travel team made sure that everything ran flawlessly from beginning to end, providing a wonderful five star holiday experience with first class back-up if needed. We stayed in two excellent villas, Muses Beach Villas – Cleo and Villa Palekastro that are both in superb locations.
Colin Honour – August 2018

Wonderful location, looking out onto hills and olive groves, with an empty beach within 5 minutes’ walk. The pool and terrace are lovely, really well maintained – a great place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of eastern Crete.
Alan & Paula – May 2019

A special mention for Kostoula, representative at the airport – she managed to succeed in getting our extra item accepted at very little cost on the flight home. This would not have happened without her intervention, so many thanks for the trouble she took do this for us. Also, Marian, our regional representative, was very helpful obtaining requested information regarding visiting Spinalonga and providing local area tips. Very nice personal touch bringing local biscuits to initial meeting and leaving water for our journey to the airport.
Jane & Andrew Maiden – May 2018

A great sunny week. The villa is very comfortable and everything was provided for us. We visited all the popular beaches, we swam in the sea every day and a pre-breakfast swim in the pool. Thank you to Evie for her welcome!
The Rushbrookes – October 2017

Just what we needed – an extremely relaxing holiday in a beautiful, authentic part of Crete. This is our second holiday in Crete with Simpson Travel, and this one is definitely the best so far. The villa is great, quiet and beautifully maintained. The location is great, with lots of small tavernas in town to choose from, always with friendly service and a smile. Everywhere we went was no more than 30 minutes away, which meant we could make the most of the villa pool for a lazy breakfast and swim. Thank you to Evie for your great recommendations and the present!
The Bristol Family – October 2017




We booked Villa Palekastro in Crete for myself and my wife. There are two other villas nearby, managed by the owner, but the layout is good as no villa overlooks another. The location is good, near the beach with several good tavernas nearby. The representative was excellent as we have found with all Simpson Travel reps. Booking staff and the overall organisation is excellent and for a villa holiday in the Med we would always use and recommend them. Their local reps are all reliable and we have used Simpson Travel in Corsica twice, Turkey twice and Mallorca once, as well as this time in Crete. The attention to detail is what sets them apart from others.
Mr Le Coyte – September 2017

We have had a lovely time in this beautiful villa. The weather has been perfect and we have enjoyed the pool and local beaches. Evie was incredibly helpful and friendly and Ellie kept the place in great shape. Thanks to all the team who looked after the villa!
Jeremy & Helen – September 2017

This is our first stay in a Simpson Travel villa and our first time in Crete. We have loved them both! The drive over the mountains was really lovely, and then the views of the bright blue seas for the first time were very seducing. We visited Xerokampos which was a beautiful beach, lovely and safe for our 7-year-old. Clear blue sea which is great for snorkelling. There are many little beaches around here so it does not really matter when you turn off the road towards the beach. Then we found Itamos, there is nothing there but beach and sea but it is so beautiful! The snorkelling was great off the beach to the left as you park. We have also enjoyed the villa and swimming pool time also. Thanks also go to Evie for being so helpful and Ellie the maid who was amazing. A week was not enough! Crete and its people have been so lovely.
Ralph, Helen & Barnaby – August 2017

Comfortable, easy villa – close to sea and village. Lovely area, friendly people, great beaches and walking.
Mr McLellan – June 2017

Suffice to say we had a great fortnight! Ellie keeps the place spotless and is always charming and helpful. Her husband looks after the pool and grounds. He's always been friendly too as has the lovely, charming Evie who instantly responded to our texts or WhatsApp messages for any help to ensure we have a great holiday.
John & Dave – June 2017

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A destination where tourism is not the local raison d’être, this is a place to relax unreservedly into a life by the sea. The landscape is rugged – mountains, gorges and rocky hillsides scattered with tiny villages and ancient ruins – but some of Crete’s finest beaches belong here too. Among them are spectacular Xerokambos and palm-fringed Vai, whilst Palekastro is one of Europe’s favourite windsurfing spots. And there are plenty of excellent waterfront tavernas where the passing of time is best marked by the waves rolling in nearby.  

To base yourself in this idyllic destination, visit our collection of handpicked villas in and around Palekastro and the far east of Crete.

Read more on our Crete region page

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