On a quick note, we recommend you to start your research for hotels in Rethymno in the Old Town. If you are looking for a beach resort with clear blue waters, then Bali is ideal. Agia Galini is a quaint settlement on the south coast, ideal for someone who wants to relax and unwind.
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WHERE TO STAY? FIND THE BEST PLACES
Below, you will discover more information about the best places to stay in Rethymno.
The picturesque Rethymno Town is full of lovely boutique hotels, as well as budget accommodation facilities.
This is the best place for a central location, combining a beautiful traditional setting with the convenience of having numerous facilities and landmarks within a short distance.
With Rethymno as your starting point, you will be able to access other areas easily, including beaches, villages and towns around the region.
A long sandy beach is also located close to the center of Rethymno Town, at the coastal part of the city.
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• Blue Bay Lifestyle
Bali is one of the most popular seaside resorts in this region.
It is located 30 km east of Rethymno Town and 43 km west of Heraklion Town. The National Road connects these two locations to each other via Bali, making it easy to reach from different locations and a common meeting point.
Bali is a tourism-oriented settlement, with excellent hotels very close to the beach and a lively beachfront environment.
It consists of 4 different coves in total: Livadi beach, Varkotopos beach, Limani Beach and Karavostasis beach, which are all particularly known for their crystal clear waters.
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Agia Galini is a lovely coastal settlement, known for its beautiful beach and friendly atmosphere.
The village offers an authentic and calm environment for your accommodation in small, family-owned hotels.
Its location on the southern side of Crete is considered quite remote, which can be a good thing if you prefer avoiding touristy places.
As long as you have a car, you can visit other beautiful locations from there, including but not limited to Preveli, Matala, Agios Pavlos and Triopetra.
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RETHYMNO, A REGION WITH A PLETHORA OF OPTIONS
Crete is one of most touristically developed places to visit in Greece! It is considerably large for an island and it is divided into 4 prefectures. Rethymno city is the capital of Rethymnon prefecture, between Chania and Heraklion. It is full of amazing towns and villages to explore.
Rethymno can mostly be reached via Chania International Airport (73 km) and Heraklion International Airport (86 km), as well as the ports of these cities.
Although Chania and Heraklion are greatly dependent on tourism, Rethymno has managed to keep the balance between authentic local life and the growing tourist industry.
The beaches on its northern coastline are the most developed ones, while its southern coast maintains a low profile.
For your accommodation, you will find both all-inclusive resorts and smaller boutique hotels or rooms for a moderate price, as well as budget options.
Another important thing to consider when looking for a hotel is the location. For instance, beachfront hotels guarantee easy access to the beach and amazing views.
Some of the best places for seaside vacations are Bali, Panormos, Gerani and Adelianos Kampos. They also make an excellent base for trips to the north.
Another thing to keep in mind is whether you would benefit more from a central location. Many beautiful sites, beaches and villages can only be reached by car.
Rethymno Town is the ideal place for central accommodation, with boutique units, lively neighborhoods, restaurants and shops. Luxury hotels in this area are mostly found at the suburbs or the coast.
Most locations in Crete are family-friendly and the hotel units always offer the relevant facilities.
For a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, consider picking one of the authentic fishing villages of the south, such as Agia Galini and Plakias.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
When should I book my hotel?
Rethymno is visited by thousands of tourists every year so booking your hotel early is recommended. Especially if you are travelling during the high season (June- August) and want to stay in a convenient location, it is safer to have completed your reservation 4-5 months in advance.
When is the best time to visit Rethymno?
Crete in general is almost a year-round destination since the winter is mild. Nevertheless, the tourist season in Rethymno when most restaurants and hotels are open starts in mid-April and finishes in early November. July- September are the busiest months on the island.
Where should I book my hotel?
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Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?
You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases, you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.
Will I find last-minute availability?
Don’t wait until the last minute to book your lodging if you are travelling from July to September. Rethymno is a popular destination and hotels get sold out quickly. Booking your stay 4-5 months in advance is safe.
How many days should I spend in Rethymno?
If you are staying in Rethymno and want to make tours in different parts of Crete, 1-2 weeks is ideal. If you just want to visit Rethymno and some other nearby destinations, you can limit your stay to 5-7 days.
What types of accommodation are available?
You can basically find all kind of types. More specifically there are boutique hotels, rooms to let, bnbs, luxury hotels and suites.
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Is accommodation expensive?
It depends on the period and the type of hotel. Lower rates are found during April- May and October- November. Higher rates are found during the summer months. Also, it depends on the location.
How much does accommodation cost?
It depends on many factors. An average estimation without including luxury options, for 2 persons would be around 100-130 euros/per night in high season.
Where is the best place to stay if you are travelling on a budget?
You can find cheap accommodation options (70 euros) in the town of Rethymno.
Where is the best place to stay for a family with children?
Rethymno is a family-friendly destination. Any hotel with family rooms and close to a beach is ideal for travelling with kids.