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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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 Rethymno House
Rethymno House, Rethymno Town
Rethymno House is located in Rethymno Town, 28 miles from Chania Town and 18 miles from Balíon. Every room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower. A flat-screen TV is provided. more...
 Golden Coast Seaside Apartments
Golden Coast Seaside Apartments, Rethymno Town
Featuring air conditioning, Golden Coast Seaside Apartments offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Chania Town is 29 miles away. The accommodation is equipped with a TV. more...
 Vesperi Studios & Apartments
Vesperi Studios & Apartments, Rethymno Town
Featuring air conditioning, Vesperi Studios & Apartments is located in Rethymno Town, just 29 miles from Chania Town. Balíon is 16 miles from the property. more...
 Thalassa Boutique Hotel
Thalassa Boutique Hotel, Rethymno Town
Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and an outdoor pool, Thalassa Boutique Hotel offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. more...
 Iperion Beach Hotel
Iperion Beach Hotel, Rethymno Town
Showcasing an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Iperion Beach Hotel is located in Rethymno Town in the region of Crete, just 29 miles from Chania Town. Balíon is 16 miles away. more...
 Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only), Rethymno Town
Featuring free WiFi and a garden, Pepi Studios (Adults Only) is located in Rethymno Town. Chania Town is 28 miles away. The property is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. more...
 Ilian Beach & Apartments
Ilian Beach & Apartments, Rethymno Town
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Ilian Beach & Apartments is located in Rethymno Town, just 29 miles from Chania Town. Balíon is 16 miles from the property. more...
 White Coral
White Coral, Rethymno Town
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, White Coral is located in Rethymno Town, just 29 miles from Chania Town. The property features a spa tub. Balíon is 16 miles away. more...
 Family Homes Zaharias
Family Homes Zaharias, Rethymno Town
Featuring free WiFi, Family Homes Zaharias offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Chania Town is 29 miles from the property. All units are air conditioned and include a flat-screen TV. more...
 Beachfront Apartment
Beachfront Apartment, Rethymno Town
Located 29 miles from Chania Town, Beachfront Apartment offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. The property features views of the sea and is 16 miles from Balíon. more...
 Archipelagos Residence
Archipelagos Residence, Rethymno Town
Featuring free WiFi, Archipelagos Residence offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Chania Town is 27 miles away. Some units also have a kitchenette, fitted with an oven and refrigerator. more...
 Aloe Apartments
Aloe Apartments, Rethymno Town
Aloe Apartments are situated only 33 yards from the sandy beach, as well as very close to the historic quarter of Rethymnon. The complex offers fully equipped studios and free wireless internet. more...
 Batis Hotel
Batis Hotel, Rethymno Town
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Batis Hotel is located in Rethymno Town, just 29 miles from Chania Town. Balíon is 17 miles from the property. more...
 Yacinthos
Yacinthos, Rethymno Town
Yacinthos is right across from the long sandy beach of Perivolia. It features a swimming pool, a children’s pool and complimentary lounge chairs. more...
 Afroditi
Afroditi, Rethymno Town
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Afroditi is located in Rethymno Town, just 28 miles from Chania Town. Balíon is 18 miles away. Private parking is available on site. more...




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