Inhabited since 6500 B.C., Crete's Minoan history is evident in the archaeological remains that tourists still marvel at. The prehistoric Cretans art legacy, dating back to the Bronze Age, remains in museums and galleries throughout the island. Crete's four major cities are all distinct. Western Crete is home to Chania and Rethymnon, two cities that boast of having Crete's loveliest beaches. Crete is a tourist hub, and rightfully so. It combines natural wonders with plenty of industry to accommodate the tourist's desires to shop, eat, relax, and learn all at once. Tourists will delight in the family-run tavernas that supply the hungry visitor with meat like lamb and pork, and a host of specialty cheeses and wines. However, Crete's landscape is probably its biggest asset. Its coastline has earned it the nickname Big Blue. Cretans enjoy the water that surrounds them, as do tourists. A favorite sport at most any beach is windsurfing, and rentals are normally available. Much of the terrain on Crete is rough, but this can also make for a nice challenge if you are a hiker, biker, or nature enthusiast. For those less physically inclined, Crete offers plenty of museums and unique activities that will allow you to take it easy and enjoy. Regardless of your interests, Crete is sure to inspire awe with its rich history and modern splendor.
In Rethymnon, we recommend Veneto, a 14th-century Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, perfectly located in the heart of Rethymnon’s old town, which offers beautiful rooms with original Venetian features. Guests can enjoy an authentic Cretan stay in this perfectly restored historic building. Stone walls and careful lighting create an intimate atmosphere. Each room is uniquely decorated and equipped with modern comforts. along with free internet access. Guests can taste wine from the large selection in Veneto's cellar. In the summer months, the charming restaurant and picturesque terrace are the ideal places to enjoy traditional Cretan cuisine. Veneto Boutique Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Rethymno’s shopping district and museums, making it a convenient base for all visitors.
Food and Wine Lovers Private Tour with Tastings
Visit an old olive mill.