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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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 Civitas Boutique Hotel
Civitas Boutique Hotel, Rethymno
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...
 Aloe Apartments
Aloe Apartments, Rethymno
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...
 Emilia Hotel Apartments
Emilia Hotel Apartments, Rethymno
Featuring a swimming pool and a sun terrace with sun loungers, Emilia Hotel Apartments is located just 164 feet from Perivolia Beach in Rethymno. more...
 Batis Hotel
Batis Hotel, Rethymno
Located right on the Rethymnon promenade and 33 feet from the beach, Hotel Batis offers self-catering accommodations with sea view. Facilities include a beach bar, beach sun beds and a pool. 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...
 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...
 Riva Del Mare
Riva Del Mare, Rethymno
Riva Del Mare provides accommodations with a private beach area and free WiFi, and is located in Rethymno. 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...
 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...
 Domenica Apartments
Domenica Apartments, Rethymno
Just 66 feet from Missiria Beach in Rethymno, Domenica Apartments feature a swimming pool surrounded by a terrace with sun loungers. more...
 Elytis Panoramic View
Elytis Panoramic View, Rethymno
Located in Rethymno Town, 2953 feet from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and a 10-minute walk from Municipal Garden, Elytis Panoramic View offers free WiFi. more...
 Missiria Apartments
Missiria Apartments, Rethymno
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...
 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...
 Kleoniki Mare
Kleoniki Mare, Rethymno
Kleoniki Mare Hotel in Rethymnon is just 164 feet from the main beach and 2297 feet from the center. It offers self-catering holiday units with furnished balconies overlooking the pool. more...
 Ilian Beach & Apartments
Ilian Beach & Apartments, Rethymno
Located right on the sandy beach of Perivolia in Rethymno, Ilian Beach & Apartments features a pool with a spacious sun terrace, and a poolside snack bar. more...




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