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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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 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...
 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...
 Family Homes Zaharias
Family Homes Zaharias, Rethymno Town
Just 20 metres from Rethymno Beach, Family Homes Zaharias feature a garden and a sun terrace. They offer self-catered accommodation with flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. more...
 Elytis Panoramic View
Elytis Panoramic View, Rethymno Town
Located in Rethymno Town, 900 metres from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and a 10-minute walk from Municipal Garden, Elytis Panoramic View offers free WiFi. more...
 Sohora Boutique Hotel
Sohora Boutique Hotel, Rethymno Town
Within 50 metres from the sandy beach of Rethymno, Sohora Boutique Hotel offers traditional studios and apartments with restored, eco-friendly furnishings and a private balcony. more...
 Archipelagos Residence
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...
 Batis 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...
 Vesperi Studios & Apartments
Vesperi Studios & Apartments, Rethymno Town
Located only 60 metres from the beach of Perivolia, Vesperi Studios & Apartments offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and balcony overlooking the garden. Shops are 50 metres away. more...
 Casa Maistra Residence
Casa Maistra Residence, Rethymno Town
Featuring spacious suites with a complimentary laptop computer and flat-screen TVs in every room, the restored 19th-century residence Casa Maistra is ideally set on Rethymnon’s promenade. more...
 Ilian Beach & Apartments
Ilian Beach & Apartments, Rethymno Town
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...
 Mythos Residence
Mythos Residence, Rethymno Town
Located 28 miles from Chania Town, Mythos Residence offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Mythos Residence features views of the city and is 17 miles from Balíon. more...
 Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only), Rethymno Town
Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only) is situated 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...
 Thalassa Boutique Hotel
Thalassa Boutique Hotel, Rethymno Town
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...
 Iperion Beach Hotel
Iperion Beach Hotel, Rethymno Town
Located on the Mediterranean beaches near the ancient Venetian port of Rethymno, the Iperion Hotel features beautiful gardens with a private pool. more...
 Aloe Apartments
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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