Superbly located in the center of the old town of Rethimno you will find nearby the huge sandy beach, the Venetian harbor with the fish tavernas, the picturesque little narrow streets with the traditional buildings and shops, the Municipal Park where the Wine and Cretan Food Festivals take place, and the Fortezza where the Renaissance Festival is held.
Just explore Rethymno's old town and especially the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbor wall to the Venetian lighthouse. The Fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians (1573) to protect the city. Not only are walls, church, and the remains of its buildings of interest, the views from it to the town are a great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.
Shop. Buy silver jewelry, ceramics, lace, and other specialties in Rethymno’s shop-lined streets surrounding your hotel.
Don't miss visiting Rethimnon's Archaeological Museum which occupies a building almost directly opposite the entrance to the fortress. It's worth a look especially if you are going to the bigger museums in other towns. Here you could enjoy Minoan pottery and sarcophagi and lots of Roman coins, jewelry, pots, and statues, all from Rethimno province. Take a look at an unusual unfinished Roman statue of Aphrodite.
Two of the major monasteries of Crete and amongst its most sought and visited, Arkadi and Preveli monastery are medium distance outings. Within easy striking distance of the city, in the hills of the southeast, is the Monastery of Arkadhi a potent symbol of the Cretan struggle for independence and an atmospheric detour on a journey into the beautiful Cretan mountainous hinterland of Rethymno's prefecture.
Visit the 17th-century Monastery of Preveli which perched high above the sea on the south Crete. In its cloistered closed courtyard, there is a fountain with the Greek inscription "Wash your sins, not only your face". There are also breathtaking views out to sea towards the distant and chunky-looking Paximadhia islands which have lent their name to the tooth-cracking lumps of twice-baked bread served up with mezedes in the island's kafenia.
Very close there is the sandy Palm Beach of Preveli, a sand-filled cove right at the end of the Kourtaliotiko gorge, where a freshwater estuary feeds a little oasis complete with palm grove and a cluster of oleanders ( at the beginning and the end of the season it is lovely).
Other valuable visits: Armeni Minoan site, Argyroupoli (ancient Lappa) where the sound of water from springs cascades through this refreshing, taverna-laden village. Eleftherna, Axos, Zominthos archaeological sites. Amongst the significantly enjoyable, old, and historic villages: Episkopi, Spili, Amari (valley), Monastiraki, Anogia.
Visit. Forty-nine miles west of Rethymno lies Heraklion. From there it’s just five miles to Knossos, the remains of a splendid Minoan palace built more than 4,000 years ago. Back in town, the Archeological Museum displays ancient finds from Knossos (at present there is just a two-room temporary exhibition, as the building is undergoing renovation). Also worth a look is the Historical Museum of Crete, which traces the island’s history from Roman times up to the Second World War.
Head west along the coast (60km) to explore the small, picturesque, and maybe the most enjoyable of Crete's larger towns, Chania. With its Venetian-era fishing harbour, crumbling masonry, and web of alleys, it is an extraordinarily attractive town, especially if you are there in spring when the Lefka Ori's snowcapped peaks seem to hover above the roofs. Don't forget to visit the Archaeological Museum, housed in a former church, plus the romantic cobbled alleys lined with arty boutiques and a market selling local handicrafts.
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Check-in: 15.00 pm
Check out: 12.00 pm
Minimum Stay: 2-3 nights, depending on the season
MHTE: Palazzo: 1041K034A0104400 Estate: 1041K050A0200401
How To Get There
The romantic and atmospheric Rimondi Boutique Hotels is located in the heart of the old town of Rethymno on the north coast of Crete, midway between Chania and Heraklion.
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Chania (65km ) and, more frequently, to the capital Heraklion (80km). Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
"The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. The new Athens airport makes this a slightly slower process because it is further from the port, but it's worth the extra time for a still-romantic way to travel. And then take the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Chania-Souda port (80km from the village)or Heraklion Port (85km). Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our partner website.
If you want to explore the region while you're here, you need to hire a car. We recommend the sister website, which offers competitive prices. There's a public car park 120m from the hotel, which is open 24 hours.
Book your taxi transfer online easily and safely from the airport or port to any location via our partner website.
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Dining: Enjoy Rimondi's delicious American Buffet Breakfast. There’s an ala carte restaurant at Rimondi opened daily from 11.00 AM to 22.00 PM
Internet Access: Free WiFi throughout
Swimming Pool: Sparkling - pond Swimming pools, courtyards with relaxing atmosphere, Roof Sunbath Terrace, Outdoor heated swimming pool. Dimensions of Pools (approximately 8mx3mx2m in Estate and the other in Palazzo is a circular one with a diameter of around 2.5m including children pool inside)
Spa Treatments: Traditional Hamam (steam bath), Suites with outdoor Jacuzzi, Massage, Yoga, Beauty Services
Disabled Access: Not suitable
Pets: Not allowed
Languages Spoken: Greek, English
Parking: Free local parking area within walking distance, around 300m, private one in walking distance around 150m. Cost is 7 Euros per day; open 24 hours