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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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 Macaris Suites & Spa
Macaris Suites & Spa, Rethymno
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...
 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...
 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...
 Villa Kastellakia
Villa Kastellakia, Rethymno
Located 1.5 mi from Historical and Folk Art Museum in R├ęthymno Town, this air-conditioned villa features free WiFi, a spa bath and a terrace. more...
 Omiros Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
Omiros Boutique Hotel (Adults Only), Rethymno
Offering an outdoor pool and a snack bar, Omiros Boutique Hotel is in Rethymno Town, just 492 feet from the nearest beach. It features tastefully decorated accommodations with free WiFi access. more...
 Ostria
Ostria, Rethymno
Right across the sandy beach of Rethymno, Ostria offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi and Cretan Sea views. more...
 Riva Del Mare
Riva Del Mare, Rethymno
Located in Rethymno, just 1.2 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...
 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...
 Odyssia Beach Hotel
Odyssia Beach Hotel, Rethymno
Odyssia Beach Hotel is right on its private beach area, 2.2 mi from Rethymno Town. Surrounded by a garden, it features an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants and a poolside bar. 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...
 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...
 Danae Rethymno Old Town Suite
Danae Rethymno Old Town Suite, Rethymno
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...
 Aquila Porto Rethymno
Aquila Porto Rethymno, Rethymno
Located on the sandy beach of Rethymno and within a short walk from the Old Town, Aquila Porto Rethymno features 3 freshwater pools, a private beach and 2 restaurants. more...
 Melitti Hotel
Melitti Hotel, Rethymno
Melitti Hotel is favorably located a few yards from the sandy beach of Rethymnon and 1.2 miles from the heart of the historic quarter and the famous Venetian Harbour. more...




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