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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
Thalassa Boutique Hotel, Rethymno
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...
 Grecotel Creta Palace
Grecotel Creta Palace, Rethymno
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...
 Aristea Hotel
Aristea Hotel, Rethymno
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
Golden Coast Seaside Apartments, Rethymno
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...
 Bio Suites Hotel
Bio Suites Hotel, Rethymno
The eco-friendly Bio Suites Hotel stands in a quiet location, only 164 feet from the sandy beach in Rethymnon and a 10-minute walk from the Venetian harbor. more...
 Odyssia Beach Hotel
Odyssia Beach Hotel, Rethymno
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...
 Villa Kastellakia
Villa Kastellakia, Rethymno
Located 1.5 mi from Historical and Folk Art Museum in R├ęthymno Town, this air-conditioned villa features free WiFi, a spa bath and a terrace. more...
 Constantine Fortezza Rooms
Constantine Fortezza Rooms, Rethymno
Offering a sun terrace and views of the sea, Constantine Fortezza Rooms is located in Rethymno Town in the Crete Region, 328 feet from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. more...
 Kate's Apartment
Kate's Apartment, Rethymno
Offering free WiFi and city views, Kate's Apartment is a property located in Rethymno. This property has a balcony. This air-conditioned apartment has a bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. more...
 Kallithea Studios
Kallithea Studios, Rethymno
Kallithea Studios located in Rethymno Town, 5-min walk from the Old Town. Rethymno beach is 328 feet from the property. more...
 Vesperi Studios & Apartments
Vesperi Studios & Apartments, Rethymno
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...
 Mosaic Villa
Mosaic Villa, Rethymno
Mosaic Villa in Rethymno has accommodations with free WiFi, 2.1 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, 2.1 miles from Venetian Harbour and 2.2 miles from Municipal Garden. more...
 Erato Hotel Apartments
Erato Hotel Apartments, Rethymno
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...
 Melitti Hotel
Melitti Hotel, Rethymno
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...
 Forteza view
Forteza view, Rethymno
Set in Rethymno Town in the Crete region, Forteza view is a property boasting free WiFi. Housed in a building dating from 2010, this apartment is 0.7 mi from the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. more...


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