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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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Just steps away from the seafront, in the centre of Rethymnon, this modern hotel offers easy access to the entrance of the old town with its narrow streets, medieval castle and picturesque Venetian more...
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Dyo Suites is located in Rethymno Town, one mile from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and 0.9 miles from Venetian Harbour. more...
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Espera offers accommodations in Rethymno Town, one mile from Historical and Folk Art Museum and one mile from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. A TV is featured. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Menta City Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in Rethymno Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and sunny roof-top breakfast area. more...
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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...
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Located in Rethymno Town, just 20 metres from the beach, the family-run Aqua Marina offers studios with free W-Fi and unobstructed views over the Cretan Sea. more...
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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...
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Apartment Nick offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. The property features views of the mountains and is 0.9 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. more...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Aristea Hotel enjoys a beachfront location in Rethymnon, only 2.5 km from the old town. It offers a swimming pool, a pool for children and free wireless internet. more...
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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...
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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...
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Located 100 metres from the beach of Rethymno, Ionia Suites offers a swimming pool on the terrace and sun terrace with umbrellas and sun loungers. more...

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