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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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 Dyo Suites
Dyo Suites is located in Rethymno Town, just steps from the sandy beach and a 10-minute walk from the scenic old town. more...
 Omiros Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
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...
 Pepi Boutique Hotel (Adults Only)
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...
 Bio Suites Hotel
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...
 Aristea Hotel
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...
 Atrium Ambiance Hotel
Just 328 feet from the largest sandy beach in Crete, this Rethymnon hotel offers an outdoor pool with a poolside café and bar. more...
 Atlantis Beach Hotel
This 5-star Rethymnon Beach hotel has a Blue Flag sandy beach, equipped with loungers and parasols. Atlantis Beach Hotel offers rooms with balconies, large gardens and a 170-m² swimming pool. more...
 Thalassa Boutique Hotel
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 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...
 North Coast Seaside Suites
North Coast Seaside Suites is located on the beachfront in Rethymno Town, a few steps from Koumbes Beach and 1.5 mi from Rethymno Beach. more...
 Swell Boutique Hotel
Offering a shared pool and a restaurant, the beachfront Swell Boutique Hotel is located in Rethymno Town. more...
 Civitas Suites Hotel
Centrally located at Rethymno’s historic quarter, close to all amenities, points of interest and the vibrant city life of the picturesque old town, Civitas Suites Hotel offers elegant rooms and suites more...
 Menta City Boutique Hotel
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...
 Ammos Suites
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...
 Archipelagos Hotel
Just 164 feet from the beach and 0.6 mi from Rethymno Town, Archipelagos Hotel is set on a hillside with panoramic views over the Cretan Sea and the Venetian Castle. more...
 Palm Beach Hotel Apartments
Located right above the sandy beach of Rethymno, Palm Beach Hotel Apartments features a modern, sea-view restaurant and a bar. more...
 Birais Beach Studios
Enjoying a beachfront location, Birais Beach Studios are just 656 feet from the center of Rethymno Town. They offer air-conditioned accommodations with Cretan Sea and garden views. more...
 Rimondi Boutique Hotel - Small Luxury Hotels of the World
The luxurious Rimondi Boutique Hotel in Rethymno has a large patio with a pool and palm trees. more...
 Aquila Porto 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...
 Melrose Hotel Rethymno
Just 230 feet from the beach of Rethymno, Melrose Hotel Rethymno features a swimming pool and a restaurant. It offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony. more...
 Casa Dei Delfini
Ideally located inside the Old Town of Rethymno, Casa Dei Delfini is housed in an old Venetian- Turkish mansion. more...
 Hotel Brascos
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 87 guest rooms. more...
 Steris Elegant Beach Hotel & Apartments
Located right on the blue-flagged beach of Rethymno, the beachfront Steris Beach Hotel offers an outdoor pool and a furnished sun terrace with unobstructed sea views. more...
 Golden Coast Seaside Apartments
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...
 Achillion Palace
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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