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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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 Menta City Boutique Hotel
Menta City Boutique Hotel, Rethymno Town
Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Menta City Boutique Hotel offers accommodations in Rethymno Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and sunny roof-top breakfast area. 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Elytis Panoramic View
Elytis Panoramic View, Rethymno Town
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...
 Bio Suites Hotel
Bio Suites Hotel, Rethymno Town
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...
 Villa Kastellakia
Villa Kastellakia, Rethymno Town
Located 1.5 mi from Historical and Folk Art Museum in Réthymno Town, this air-conditioned villa features free WiFi, a spa bath and a terrace. more...
 Riva Del Mare
Riva Del Mare, Rethymno Town
Located in Rethymno Town, just 1.1 miles from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, Riva Del Mare provides beachfront accommodations with a private beach area and free WiFi. The property has sea views. more...
 Sohora Boutique Hotel
Sohora Boutique Hotel, Rethymno Town
Within 164 feet from the sandy beach of Rethymno, Sohora Boutique Hotel offers traditional studios and apartments with restored, eco-friendly furnishings and a private balcony. 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...
 Danae Rethymno Old Town Suite
Danae Rethymno Old Town Suite, Rethymno Town
Dane Old Town House is a holiday home with a sun terrace, located in Rethymno Town. The air-conditioned unit is 1640 feet from Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. 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...
 Leo Hotel
Leo Hotel, Rethymno Town
Next to the historic site of Loggia and just 164 feet from the Venetian Harbor, Hotel Leo offers rooms with free Wi-Fi in the center of Rethymno’s old town. The castle of Fortezza is 984 feet away. more...




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