Veneto Restaurant organizes courses of three to five sessions to present modern and creative greek gastronomy. The courses include short lectures on greek cuisine, raw materials, wine, olive oil, etc. practice on cooking, and preparation of greek food specialties, practice on food and wine tasting lectures and practice on how to combine food with the proper wine.
Veneto restaurant organizes wine-tasting courses, in groups of 10-16 members, to address the development of greek and specially Cretan wine, in combination with the actual alimentary habits that are most usual in Crete. The courses include lectures on the development of greek wine tasting of 5 items accompanied by a variety of cheese or food specialties.
Every year in September or the start of October Veneto produces its own raki in Pikri village in Rethymno! This raki from organic grapes is only for Veneto Restaurant and all our friends are welcome to taste it on Saturday from 12.00 till 15.00 in Pikri village, 15km from Rethymno. Don't miss to enjoy this special experience.
Don’t miss the ceramics village of Margarites ( 27.5 km)where you can find interesting pottery. The village is also known for its excellent tavernas, each one serving its specialty.
Head to the southern coast and enjoy some of the most magnificent beaches in Crete (Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Ligres, Plakias, Ammoudi).
Don't miss the beauty of Preveli Beach, at the mouth of a river gorge lined with palm trees, is hard to describe. If you’re in Crete during the high season, try to go very early in the morning, and later go on the visit to the Preveli Monastery.
Explore Rethymno's old town, perhaps the prettiest of Crete's Venetian cities, 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. The Rimondi Fountain (since 1627) in the center of the old town (at 'Platanos' square) built by the Venetian Rector (Governor) of Rethymnon A. Rimondi. The Mosque of 'Gazi Housein' or 'Neratzes' (today a conservatory) is well known for the highest minaret in Rethimnon. The Neratze Minaret was built in 1890 as part of the Augustinian monks Catholic church which was converted into a mosque in 1657. The Municipal Garden of Rethymnon is located at Tessaron Martyron Square.
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. The Temple of St. Francesco was the main temple of the Franciscan monastery during the Venetian Period. The Temple of St. Francesco hosts the Archaeological Museum of Rethimno where findings from the Neolithic and Romaic period are exhibited (currencies, jewels, tools), as well as a ceramic collection from the Minoan period. The Loggia renovated by the well-known Venetian architect Michele Sanmicheli (who also renovated Veneto Hotel) used to be the meeting point for the Venetian noblemen in the medieval times and nowdays hosts the gift shop of the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon.
The Veli Pasha Mosque nowadays hosting the Paleontological Museum of Rethymnon, a worth visit too.
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 to Rethymno's prefecture.
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 archeological sites. Amongst the significantly enjoyable, old, and historic villages: Episkopi, Spili, Amari (valley), Monastiraki, Anogia.
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 harbor, 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.
For more activities around Crete and Rethimno Area.
Check-in: 13.30 - 23.00 pm
Check out: 08.00 am - 12.00 pm
Minimum Stay: 2-3 nights, depending on the season
MHTE: 10 41 Κ 07 0Α 00961 0 0
How To Get There
The lovely Veneto Suites is located in the heart of the old town of Rethymno on the north coast of Crete, midway between Chania and Heraklion in Crete.
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Chania Airport (70km) and, more frequently, to the capital Heraklion (81km). 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. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Chania-Souda port (8okm from the Hotel) 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, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. We suggest our sister website, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at either airport.
Book your taxi transfer online easily and safely from the airport or port to any location via our partner website.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through CreteTravel.com
Dining: Breakfast is optional not included and would be 7.00 Euros per Low Season and 8.00 Euros for Medium and High Season. ( bread, jams, eggs, fresh orange juice and yogurt). You can prepare simple salads or toddlers' meals in your in-room kitchenette. Veneto is well-known in Rethymno for its restaurant where you could enjoy old Cretan recipes prepared with local products.
Reception Hours : 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Swimming Pool: None
Spa Treatments: Massage, manicure, pedicure (on request)
Meeting Room: up to 50 People
Parking: The old town area is pedestrian-only. So you park on the nearest street or in free public parking (300m from the hotel). We will give directions.
Internet Access: WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Pets: Not allowed
Disabled Access: Not Suitable
Languages Spoken: Greek, English