Home And Away Guide: Rethymno Greece
Rethymnon is a vibrant city catering to the needs of all who make it their holiday destination of choice. Whether you just want to kick back and take it easy on the 10 kilometres of golden beaches or take in the city’s fascinating history, you’ll never be disappointed at what you find.
The region is also strongly associated with agriculture as indicated by its millions of olive and fruit trees. In fact from its high mountains to its beautiful beaches there are scattered multiple monasteries, archaeological sites and Venetian and Ottoman monuments. As soon as you arrive leave your car at the parking space by the port because the ideal way to visit is on foot. The old town with its narrow streets is one of the best preserved of the renaissance combining the oriental features of the Turkish period with Venetian architecture. The Rimondi Fountain can be found in the centre of the city at Petychaki square. It was built in 1626 by the Venetian governor Rimondi due to the lack of drinking water. The water runs from three lion heads into three basins.
Around the Venetian harbour you can find many restaurants and cafes. It is a perfect place for a romantic dinner. The Venetian Fortezza fortress can be found at the west side of the city, close to the new harbour. Being on the west makes it an ideal spot to watch the sunset. It was built on Paleokastro hill by the Venetians to protect the city of Rethymnon from the Turks. The tourist resort of Plakias offers a beautiful sandy beach, while nearby lies the magnificent Kotsyfos Gorge. Some of the other popular beaches in are Adelianos kampos (a long, sandy beach next to Adele village, 6 km east of Rethymno) and Mpali (also known as Bali, 33 km east of Rethymno).
The famous Monastery Arkadi (Moni Arkadiou) lies 20km east. This fort-like monastery is the most famous of Crete since it played a significant role in the liberation of the island that resulted in the reunification with Greece. Ideally situated in the old town the Rimondi Boutique Hotel is a haven of serenity for those seeking relaxation, combining traditional elegance with contemporary comfort. The building complex that hosts the Palazzo Collection partially dates back to the Venetian occupation of with obvious influences from the Renaissance. Nowadays, its outdoor spaces are coloured in the distinctive shades of pale pink typically characteristic of that period. The aristocratic aura of the medieval quarter of Rethymno is successfully reflected on the estate, which offers luxurious five star accommodation options and concierge services. The two owners who are also architects had the vision to preserve and protect the buildings highlighting their historical and cultural significance. www.hotelsrimondi.com
When it comes to finding culinary delights, the Old Town will tantalise your taste buds with its vast dining options. The ingredients used most of the time are local and very tasty. Avili is considered one of the best restaurants in town. www.avli.gr Ryanair depart Dublin three times weekly to Chania.
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Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio in Northern Ireland.