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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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 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...
 Cressa Corona Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
Cressa Corona Boutique Hotel (Adults Only), Rethymno
Cressa Corona Boutique Hotel is a former Venetian-Ottoman historical mansion and features air-conditioned rooms with satellite, flat-screen TV and free WiFi in the Old Town of Rethymno in the 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...
 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...
 Yacinthos
Yacinthos, Rethymno
Yacinthos is located right opposite the long sandy beach of Perivolia. It offers a swimming pool, a children’s pool and complimentary sun beds. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. more...
 Casa Maistra Residence
Casa Maistra Residence, Rethymno
Featuring spacious suites with a fully equipped kitchen and flat-screen TVs in every room, the restored 19th-century residence Casa Maistra is ideally set on Rethymnon’s promenade. more...
 Kallithea Studios
Kallithea Studios, Rethymno
Kallithea Studios located in Rethymno Town, 5-min walk from the Old Town. Rethymno beach is 328 feet from the property. more...
 Hotel Brascos
Hotel Brascos, Rethymno
Located in the town center, the Hotel Brascos is a 3-star hotel next door to Rethymno Municipal Gardens and the historical old town. This friendly hotel has 88 guest rooms. 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...
 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...
 Thalassa Boutique Hotel
Thalassa Boutique Hotel, Rethymno
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...
 Dyo Suites
Dyo Suites, Rethymno
Dyo Suites is located in Rethymno Town, just steps from the sandy beach and a 10-minute walk from the scenic old town. more...
 Star Apartments
Star Apartments, Rethymno
Set in Rethymno Town, Star Apartments features a sun terrace and views of the sea. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. more...




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