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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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 Ostria
Ostria, Rethymno Town
Right across the sandy beach of Rethymno, Ostria offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi and Cretan Sea views. more...
 Dyo Suites
Dyo Suites, Rethymno Town
Dyo Suites is located in Rethymno Town, just steps from the sandy beach and a 10-minute walk from the scenic old town. more...
 Villa Kastellakia
Villa Kastellakia, Rethymno Town
Located 1.5 mi from Historical and Folk Art Museum in RĂ©thymno Town, this air-conditioned villa features free WiFi, a spa bath and a terrace. more...
 Aloe Apartments
Aloe Apartments, Rethymno Town
Aloe Apartments are located only 98 feet from the sandy beach, as well as very close to the old town of Rethymnon. The complex offers fully equipped studios and free wireless internet. more...
 Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only), Rethymno Town
Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only) is located in the heart of Rethymnon’s Old Town. The hotel offers easy access to the beach, an outdoor swimming pool with sun beds and showers. more...
 Filoxenia Beach Hotel
Filoxenia Beach Hotel, Rethymno Town
Located right on the beachfront in the west side of Rethymno Town, Filoxenia Beach Hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a kids pool with sea water. more...
 Palm Beach Hotel Apartments
Palm Beach Hotel Apartments, Rethymno Town
Located right above the sandy beach of Rethymno, Palm Beach Hotel Apartments features a modern, sea-view restaurant and a bar. more...
 Riva Del Mare
Riva Del Mare, Rethymno Town
Riva Del Mare provides accommodations with a private beach area and free WiFi, and is located in Rethymno Town. more...
 Ammos Suites
Ammos Suites, Rethymno Town
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...
 Macaris Suites & Spa
Macaris Suites & Spa, Rethymno Town
The Macaris Suites & Spa offers sea-view suites, within 1.2 mi from the center of Rethymnon. The 4-star hotel offers free public Wi-Fi. The spacious and modern Macaris Suites are fully furnished. more...
 Archipelagos Residence
Archipelagos Residence, Rethymno Town
Just 164 feet from the beach and 0.6 mi from Rethymno Town, Archipelagos Residence is set on a hillside with panoramic views over the Cretan Sea and the Venetian Castle. 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...
 Golden Coast Seaside Apartments
Golden Coast Seaside Apartments, Rethymno Town
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...
 Porto Enetiko Suites
Porto Enetiko Suites, Rethymno Town
Porto Enetiko Suites is located in the center of the old town of Rethymno within 98 feet from the beach and the Venetian fortress. It offers uniquely decorated accommodations with free WiFi. more...
 Mosaic Villa
Mosaic Villa, Rethymno Town
Mosaic Villa in Rethymno Town 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...




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