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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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 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...
 Loggia Traditional Suites
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Loggia Traditional Suites are located in Rethymno Town, just a short stroll from the commercial center. Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon is 525 feet away. 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...
 Star Apartments
Set in Rethymno Town, Star Apartments features a sun terrace and views of the sea. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. 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...
 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...
 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...
 Phaedra Suites
Phaedra Suites in Rethymno provides adults only accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a garden. 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 a few steps from Koumbes Beach, Riva Del Mare has beachfront accommodations with a shared lounge, a garden, a private beach area and free WiFi. more...
 Central Luxury Apartment
Set in Rethymno Town, this air-conditioned apartment features free WiFi, a shower cabin with hydromassage shower and a balcony. more...
 Casa Dei Delfini
Ideally located inside the Old Town of Rethymno, Casa Dei Delfini is housed in an old Venetian- Turkish mansion. more...
 Coastal D
Located in Rethymno, a 2-minute walk from Rethymno Beach and 1.8 miles from Koumbes Beach, Coastal D provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a more...
 Sea View Veranda
Located just 66 feet from the beach in Rethymno Town, Sea View Veranda Apartment offers free WiFi and air conditioning. Guests benefit from a spacious, 80-m2 balcony and a barbecue. more...
 Dimitris-Sofia Apartments
Located a 4-minute walk from Rethymno Beach in Rethymno, Dimitris-Sofia Apartments provides accommodations with air conditioning and free WiFi. more...
 Melrose Hotel Rethymno
Just 230 feet from the beach of Rethymno, Melrose Hotel Rethymno features a swimming pool and a restaurant. It offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony. more...
 Poseidon Hotel
Hotel Poseidon is located right across Rethymnon’s sandy beach. It offers a large patio with views of the sea, soundproofed rooms and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Icarus Apartments
Icarus Apartments offers accommodations in Kastellákia of Rethymno, within 0.7 mi of the town center. Chania Town is 29 mi from the property. more...
 Birais Beach Studios
Enjoying a beachfront location, Birais Beach Studios are just 656 feet from the center of Rethymno Town. They offer air-conditioned accommodations with Cretan Sea and garden views. 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...
 Kallixeni Villas
Featuring pool views, Kallixeni Villas has accommodations with a patio, around 6 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. 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...
 Sweet Home
Located in the Old Town of Rethymno, Sweet Home offers self-catering accommodations with town views. Free WiFi access is available throughout. 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...
 The Sea View Apartments
In the heart of Rethymno town, these studios and apartments each include a kitchenette and balcony. The sandy beach is right on their doorstep, right across from the building. more...


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