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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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 Eirini's House
Located in Rethymno, within a 4-minute walk of Rethymno Beach and one mile of Platanes Beach, Eirini's House offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a shared lounge and a garden. 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...
 Ammos Suites
Located in Rethymno, just 33 feet from the sandy beach, Ammos Suites features an outdoor pool with a furnished sun terrace. It also includes a snack bar and provides free WiFi access throughout. more...
 Hamam Oriental Suites
Housed in a former Ottoman public hammam, Hamam Oriental Suites are set in Rethymno Town. Τhe sea lies within a 15-minute walk of the property, while Fortezza Fortress is just 820 feet away. more...
 Marilyn Apartments
Enjoying a beautiful location on Perivolia’s seafront, Marilyn Apartments offers comfortable studios and apartments appointed with a well-equipped kitchenette and private balcony. more...
 Hotel Ideon
Close to Rethymnon’s Old Town, Hotel Ideon offers a pool with poolside snack bar and a garden. The reception is available 24 hours each day. more...
 Οικία Άργυς - Argy's Home in the City Center
Featuring city views, Οικία Άργυς - Argy's Home in the City Center has accommodations with a patio and a coffee machine, around a 7-minute walk from Rethymno Beach. more...
 Sohora Boutique Hotel
Within 164 feet from the sandy beach of Rethymno, Sohora Boutique Hotel offers traditional studios and apartments with restored, eco-friendly furnishings and a private balcony. more...
 Lemon Tree House
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Lemon Tree House is located in Réthymno Town, 656 feet from the Historical and Folklore Museum. more...
 Missiria Apartments
Set amid blossomed gardens, just 328 feet from the sandy beach of Perivolia in Rethymno, Missiria Apartments features a snack bar and a pool with sun terrace. more...
 Katrina House
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Katrina House is set in Rethymno’s Old Town, within 2625 feet of the beach. Archaeological Museum of Rethymno is 1312 feet away. more...
 Seaside Apartment
Located in Rethymno, a few steps from Koumbes Beach and 1.7 miles from Rethymno Beach, Seaside Apartment offers a garden and air conditioning. more...
 Erato Hotel Apartments
Erato Hotel Apartments is located in Perivolia of Rethymno, within 984 feet of the beach. It has a garden with a stone-paved sun terrace and offers self-catering units with a balcony. 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...
 Menta City Boutique Hotel
Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Menta City Boutique Hotel offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and sunny roof-top breakfast area. more...
Yacinthos is located right opposite the long sandy beach of Perivolia. It offers a swimming pool, a children’s pool and complimentary sun beds. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. more...
 Remis Studios
Located 1.7 mi from Venetian Harbor in Rethymno, Remis Studios provides rooms with air conditioning in Rethymno Town. Free WiFi is provided. more...
 Civitas Boutique Hotel
Centrally located at Rethymno’s historic quarter, close to all amenities, points of interest and the vibrant city life of the picturesque old town, Civitas Boutique Hotel offers elegant rooms and more...
 Faros Rooms & Suites
Located right at the picturesque Venetian harbor of Rethymno Old Town, Faros rooms & suites features rooms with views of the harbor and the Cretan Sea beyond. more...
In the Old Town Rethymno district of Rethymno, close to Rethymno Beach, Foresteria has barbecue facilities, free WiFi and a washing machine. With city views, this property has a patio. more...
 Casa Moazzo Suites and Apartments
Casa Moazzo Exclusive Suites are located in the heart of Rethymnon and at a short distance from the Venetian harbor and only 220 yards from the beach. 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...
 Leo Hotel
Next to the historic site of Loggia and just 164 feet from the Venetian Harbor, Hotel Leo offers rooms with free Wi-Fi in the center of Rethymno’s old town. The castle of Fortezza is 984 feet away. more...
 Eliza Apartments
Located 984 feet from the beach of Rethymno, Eliza Apartments offers a pool and snack bar. It features self-catering accommodations with balcony and views of the Cretan Sea. more...
 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...


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