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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...
 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...
 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...
 Veranda Rossa Suites
Offering a patio with a pool, Veranda Rossa Suites in Rethymno is located in the heart of the picturesque old town. 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 White Swan
White swan offers accommodations in Kallithea of Rethymno. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. more...
 Casa Dei Delfini
Ideally located inside the Old Town of Rethymno, Casa Dei Delfini is housed in an old Venetian- Turkish mansion. 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...
 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...
 Iperion Beach Hotel
Located on the Mediterranean beaches near the ancient Venetian port of Rethymno, the Iperion Hotel features beautiful gardens with a private pool. 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...
 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...
 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...
 Grecotel Creta Palace
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...
 Veneto Boutique Hotel
Perfectly located in the heart of Rethymno’s old town, this 14th-century Veneto Boutique Hotel offers beautiful rooms with original Venetian features along with free internet access. 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...
 Petradi Beach Lounge Hotel
Offering a pool and a lounge restaurant, the beachfront Petradi Beach Lounge Hotel is at Koubes Beach. more...
 Avli Lounge Apartments
This former Venetian lord’s house is located in Rethymnon’s Old Town. Avli Lounge Apartments offer charming suites, a rooftop terrace with hot tub and fine dining. more...




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