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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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 Condo Hotel  Archipelagos Residence Condo Hotel Archipelagos Residence     
Rethymno Town
Just 50 metres from the beach and 1 km from Rethymno Town, Archipelagos Residence is set on a hillside with panoramic views over the Cretan Sea and the Venetian Castle. more...
 Dyo Suites Dyo Suites     
Rethymno Town
Dyo Suites is located in Rethymno Town, one mile from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and 0.9 miles from Venetian Harbour. more...
 Bellagio Luxury Boutique Hotel Bellagio Luxury Boutique Hotel     
Rethymno Town
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...
 Villa  Mosaic Villa Villa Mosaic Villa     
Rethymno Town
Located 1.7 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno in Rethymno Town, this vacation home features a garden with an outdoor pool and a sun terrace. more...
 Condo Hotel  Summer Dream Condo Hotel Summer Dream     
Rethymno Town
A few metres from the beach and 2.5 km from Rethymno Town, Summer Dream in Missiria features a swimming pool and a sun terrace. more...
 Macaris Suites & Spa Macaris Suites & Spa     
Rethymno Town
The Macaris Suites & Spa has sea-view suites which are just over 1 mile from the center of Rethymnon. The 4-star hotel includes free public Wi-Fi. more...
 Apartments  Porto Enetiko Suites Apartments Porto Enetiko Suites     
Rethymno Town
Porto Enetiko Suites is located in the center of the old town of Rethymno within 30 metres from the beach and the Venetian fortress. It offers uniquely decorated accommodation with free WiFi. more...
 Condo Hotel  Veneto Boutique Hotel Condo Hotel Veneto Boutique Hotel     
Rethymno Town
Perfectly situated in the heart of Rethymno?s old town, this 14th-century Veneto Boutique Hotel offers beautiful rooms with original Venetian features along with free internet access. more...
 Condo Hotel  Eltina Hotel Condo Hotel Eltina Hotel     
Rethymno Town
Just 100 metres from a sandy beach and 1.5 km from Rethymno centre, Eltina Hotel features a pool with free sunbeds. more...
 Mythos Suites Hotel Mythos Suites Hotel     
Rethymno Town
Mythos Suites Hotel is a charming boutique Hotel situated right at the heart of Rethymnon?s historic quarter, 330 ft from the Venetian Harbor and the sandy beach. more...
 Condo Hotel  Batis Hotel Condo Hotel Batis Hotel     
Rethymno Town
Located right on the Rethymnon promenade and 10 metres from the beach, Hotel Batis offers self-catering accommodation with sea view. Facilities include a beach bar, beach sun beds and a pool. more...
 Leo Hotel Leo Hotel     
Rethymno Town
Next to the historic site of Loggia and just 50 metres from the Venetian Harbour, Hotel Leo offers rooms with free Wi-Fi in the centre of Rethymno?s old town. The castle of Fortezza is 300 metres more...
 Bio Suites Hotel Bio Suites Hotel     
Rethymno Town
The eco-friendly Bio Suites Hotel stands in a quiet location, only 50 metres from the sandy beach in Rethymnon and a 10-minute walk from the Venetian harbour. more...
 Creta Seafront Residences Creta Seafront Residences     
Rethymno Town
Located in Rethymno Town in the region of Crete, 0.9 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, Creta Seafront Residences features a seasonal outdoor pool, barbecue and sun terrace. more...
 Condo Hotel  Aloe Apartments Condo Hotel 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...

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