Destination & DistancesRETHYMNO, CRETE, GREECE

DISTANCES

Rethymno Palace Hotel is situated between Chania and Heraklion, just 6 km away from an Old Town of Rethymno on the picturesque beach of Adelianos Kampos.

 

Rethymno is one of the most picturesque cities of Crete. It combines rarely found features like the charm of the old town, the city’s history and a long sandy beach. Although it is very close to Heraklion and Chania, it has a different-provincial air. It is ideal for those who prefer a quiet and romantic destination for their family and loved ones.

THE MONASTERY OF AGIA IRINI

One of the oldest monasteries in Crete, the Monastery of Agia Irini is considered to be a 10th century building. The nuns, who now live in the Monastery of Agia Irini, are engaged in handicrafts and most of all in hagiography, weaving and embroidery art. The Monastery of Agia Irini was awarded in 1995 with the annual European Award “Europa Nostra” for conservation and renovation of architectural monuments.

 

THE ARKADI MONASTERY

The current monument bears every mark of the Renaissance architecture, a consequence of the Venetian rule on the island. A valuable collection of ecclesiastical and historical relics are on exhibition today in the Monastery Museum. Among them are portable Post-Byzantine icons, manuscripts and ecclesiastical vestments, as well as weapons and the banner of the revolutionary period.

 

TRADITIONAL VILLAGES

Rethymno Palace Hotel is surrounded by the small traditional villages like Adele, Maroulas, Pigi and Loutra. Within the walking distance one can enjoy traditional architecture, arts, taverns and picturesque landscapes well-known all over Crete.

 

PREVELI PALM BEACH

Preveli is one of the most famous beaches in Crete, isolated, beautiful and romantic. This beach is located on the central south coast of the island, just a few km from the monastery of the same name. The tall, steep Kourtaliotiko Gorge meets the Libyan Sea and form a cool lagoon and sandy beach. Palms and oleanders create shade; a tropical paradise forest amidst the dry rocky Mediterranean terrain.

 

THE VENEZIAN HARBOUR

THE VENEZIAN HARBOUR

The Venetian Harbour is a great place where guests can enjoy a long walk and spend some time in one of the cafeterias of the area.  The atmosphere of the area as well as the traditional buildings will remain unforgettable.

THE RIMONDI FOUNTAIN

THE RIMONDI FOUNTAIN

In the city of Rethymnon, there are 8 preserved fountains, of which only one dates back to the Venetian era, the Rimondi fountain (also known as Vrisakia to the locals). The fountain that was built in the heart of the city took its name by A. Rimondi, the rector of Rethymnon.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The Archaelogical Museum is located at the entrance of the fortress. Although it is smaller than other similar museums, it hosts a large collection ranging from the Neolithic until the Roman era. The unique collections provide a vivid sense of the city used to be in the past.

Also, the Venetian Loggia dates back to the 16th century and now it is used as the Archaelogical museum’s shop. It is a great landmark where the locals usually meet when going out.