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Rethymnon

Rethymnon is the least celebrated of Crete's 4 prefectures. Its natural endowment trails the wonders of Chania, its historical sites are no match for the Minoan ruins of Heraklion, and its hotel infrastructure, although first class and extended, cannot compare with the top luxury hotels of Lassithi. Nevertheless, it leaves nothing to be desired in terms of natural beauty and man-made sites of interest. Squeezed between the White Mountains of Chania and the Psiloritis mountain of Heraklion, Rethymnon is the narrowest of Crete's regions and the north-to-south drive is no more than 35-45 minutes and, as in Chania, it passes through beautiful agricultural country, pretty villages, and breathtaking gorges.

The town of Rethymnon was largely spared by the invading German forces in 1941 and today is a living monument to Crete's turbulent past, albeit with a pinch of some of its tacky tourist present thrown in for good measure. Nonetheless, the town is so charming and alive, that the various "Souvenirs from Greece" shops that line some of its streets cannot mar this impression.

The whole south coast, from Rodakino ("Peach") to Agia Galini ("St Tranquility") is dotted with unforgettable beaches and nice little hamlets. The villages that lie on the west slopes of Mount Psiloritis offer a glimpse of Old Crete, in the days before tourist development. The village of Anogia is the quintessential Cretan village: men in black, at the cafes, sipping Greek coffee and raki throughout the day, the smell of lamb "ofto"-style filling the air, and everybody ready to joke around and answer any question as long as you accept their offer "to drink a raki" together. This is Crete at its best.

Finally, one simply has to see the Idean Cave, about 35 km south of Anogia, the birthplace of Zeus, the father of the Gods, according to the ancients. A gigantic hole on the side of the mountain, where temperature drops by about 5 degrees Celsius at the bottom of the cave and it really feels that something awsome could have happened here back in the mists of the beginning of time.


 

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 Thalassa Boutique Hotel
Housed in the former summer residence of a local Turkish lord, Thalassa Boutique Hotel is right on the beach and includes a sea-view terrace and swimming pool with hot tub. more...
 Mardinik Hotel Apartments
Located 0.7 mi from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and a 14-minute walk from Venetian Harbor, MARDINIK HOTEL APARTMENTS features free WiFi and units fitted with a kitchen, balcony and seating area . more...
 Kleoniki Mare
Kleoniki Mare Hotel in Rethymnon is just 164 feet from the main beach and 2297 feet from the center. It offers self-catering holiday units with furnished balconies overlooking the pool. more...
 Aloe Apartments
Aloe Apartments are located only 98 feet from the sandy beach, as well as very close to the old town of Rethymnon. The complex offers fully equipped studios and free wireless internet. more...
 Leonidas Hotel & Apartments
Hotel Leonidas is located just 98 feet from the main beach, in the area of Kallithea, in Rethymnon. It offers a dining room and a bar. more...
 Novecento Studios
Located in Rethymno, an 18-minute walk from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and 300 yards from the Old Town Rethymno, Novecento Studios provides air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi, and a more...
 Aristea Hotel
Aristea Hotel enjoys a beachfront location in Rethymnon, only 1.6 mi from the old town. It offers a swimming pool, a pool for children and free wireless internet. more...
 Golden Coast Seaside Apartments
Just steps from the sandy beach of Rethymno, Golden Coast Apartments offers air-conditioned studios with a fully equipped kitchenette and TV. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property. more...
 Phaedra Suites
Phaedra Suites in Rethymno provides adults only accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a garden. more...
 Melitti Hotel
Melitti Hotel is favorably located a few yards from the sandy beach of Rethymnon and 1.2 miles from the heart of the historic quarter and the famous Venetian Harbour. more...
 Grecotel Creta Palace
Grecotel Creta Palace enjoys a prime location, right by a fine sandy beach and 3.1 mi from the center of Rethymnon. This exclusive 5-star resort features 10 restaurants and bars, 2 outdoor pools. more...
 Odyssia Beach Hotel
Odyssia Beach Hotel is right on its private beach area, 2.2 mi from Rethymno Town. Surrounded by a garden, it features an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants and a poolside bar. more...
 The City Hotel & Suites
Offering free WiFi throughout the property, a sun terrace with a swimming pool and a shared lounge, The City Hotel & Suites is set in Rethymno Town. more...
 Macaris Suites & Spa
The Macaris Suites & Spa offers sea-view suites, within 1.2 mi from the center of Rethymnon. The 4-star hotel offers free public Wi-Fi. The spacious and modern Macaris Suites are fully furnished. more...
 Hotel Brascos
Located in the town center, the Hotel Brascos is a 3-star hotel next door to Rethymno Municipal Gardens and the historical old town. This friendly hotel has 88 guest rooms. more...
 Thegaia Studios
Featuring free WiFi, Thegaia Studios offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Rimondi Fountain is 1.9 mi away. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a flat-screen TV. more...
 Riva Del Mare
Located in Rethymno, just 1.2 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, Riva Del Mare has beachfront accommodations with a shared lounge, a garden, a private beach area and free WiFi. more...
 Omiros Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
Offering an outdoor pool and a snack bar, Omiros Boutique Hotel is in Rethymno Town, just 492 feet from the nearest beach. It features tastefully decorated accommodations with free WiFi access. more...
 Mosaic Villa
Featuring an outdoor pool and pool views, Mosaic Villa is located in Rethymno. This self-catered villa has a private pool, a garden and free private parking. more...
 Bellagio Luxury Boutique Hotel
In the picturesque alleys of Rethymnon's Old Town, right across from the public library, the Bellagio Luxury Boutique Hotel offers charming accommodations with spa bathtubs and flat screen TVs. more...
 Filoxenia Beach Hotel
Located right on the beachfront in the west side of Rethymno Town, Filoxenia Beach Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a kids pool with sea water. more...
 Vesperi Studios & Apartments
Located only 197 feet from the beach of Perivolia, Vesperi Studios & Apartments offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi and balcony overlooking the garden. Shops are 164 feet away. more...
 Afroditi
Housed in a historic building formerly used by the French Embassy, Afroditi Hotel stands among the well-known historic center of the Old Town of Rethymno and the long stretch of sandy beach. more...
 Domus Aries
Offering a garden, Domus Aries is located in Rethymno Town. The Venetian fortress is 1969 feet away, the Municipal Garden is 492 feet away and the beach is a 10-min walk from the property. more...
 Preveli Apartments
Centrally located in Rethymno Town, 984 feet from Historical and Folk Art Museum, Preveli Apartments offers self-catering units with free WiFi access. more...




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