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Posted by stheophilus on
Category: Rethymno Bali
We' ve travelled to Bali in August 2012 as 2 couples from Romania and US and stayed at Bali Star Hotel.
Bali is a quaint and quiet village with several souvenir shops, mini markets, tavernas and hotels. It is in a fairly good location, about half hour from Heraklion and about half hour from Rethymnon. After flying into Heraklion, this location enabled us to travel by rental car to see several places on the Island (Rethymno, Chania, Agios Nikolaos, Vai).
The beach at Bali is sandy and very cozy. It is set in a golf setting, embraced by sheltering, imposing mountains on both sides, creating stunningly beautiful scenery. The water was nice, warm, calm, and clear. The beach is clean, with umbrellas and chairs.
There are several tavernas on the beach with excellent food. The beach bar Mambo has awesome views, staff, drinks. With wonderful people, wonderful beaches, wonderful food, nice accommodation, this place was a great destination for an excellent vacation.
Bali is ideal for people who look for relaxation in a quiet, beautiful place, or for people who want to use it as a base to see some of the other sights on the island.
Posted by konrad on
Category: Rethymno Adele
Crete was my first Greek island I visited. I remember that already at the airport when I just got off the plane, I knew that it landed in a right place. The road from Heraklion to Adelianos Kampos (because that's where our hotel was) was a series of ever new delight. These views, they passed along the way beaches, mountains and of the water-beautiful color :).
Adelianos Kampos proved to be such a normal little town of hotels, bars, the beach, but very friendly. There is close to Rethymno. It was super to go there and walk together with other tourists, narrow streets full of the Greek climate and sometimes stray a little from the road in the tiny streets where there were no tourists, but it was a real Greek life. That was the impetus that made me love Greece very first day :). I spent one week on the island so I could not see the whole, Lae is probably good because I know I have to go back there again! At each of its entrance looking for a place that is mine and this time it was the same!
There was no need to look far right on the road in a small Adelianos was apparently not looking place, but which turned out to be a wonderful place. This was Bell Ellen Pub. Wonderful owners who make it after the first visit feel like home and that you want to go back there again and again. A taste of grapes from the garden of a pub simply unforgettable :). Crete is a great place to relax and to explore Greece. I remember many wonderful places that I was able to go there all the villages, beaches and great people around you.
I know that for sure soon I'll go back to Crete to see new places and they have already seen, unfortunately, difficult for me to decide because Greece have so many great islands, on which I was not yet...
Posted by bellae66 on
Category: Rethymno Preveli
We didn't stay more than a week in Rethymno but I was lucky enough to visit some of the greatest beaches in Crete. One of them is Preveli beach, a unique sandy beach covered with a palm forest that makes it look so exotic. The most interesting thing about the beach is that a river ends there. This forms a small lake before it is shed to the sea. Preveli is a very popular destination because this little paradise, as I call it, is totally unspoiled, except for a couple of taverns and some watersports, but no accommodation.
The best time of the day to visit the beach is early in the morning when everything is still quiet and you have the chance to breathe the fresh air and listen to the sounds of nature. There are two ways to access the beach. The hard way is to drive to the Monastery of Preveli, leave it in the parking space and walk for 1500 meters from there and then for almost half an hour. If you take that road don't forget to have your water and hat because the sun in Crete is dangerous between 11 and 4 in the evening. The easy way is to get to Plakias and then take the boat to Preveli.
Sadly, I heard that last summer this paradise was damaged by fires. Hope the damage is not extented because the area was great with all those palm trees around.
Posted by Tana on
Category: Rethymno Bali
Our vacations in Bali Crete were beautiful and relaxing, just what we needed this summer. We didn't want to walk through the forest or climb up fortresses or drive all around Greece to see as much as possible. We needed just some calm days off and Crete is always a place to give us peace. It was our first time in Bali, actually a last-minute choice. Our original plan was Elounda but thought why not try a more unknown place?
The hotels were mostly small and family, which is an adorable thing in Greece. The beach is small but in June it wouldn't get crowded any time of the day. I loved walking barefoot on the beach at night and see the lights of the tavern. It was also the first time to try night swim and I can tell you this is a very romantic experience. Choose a night with moonlight! And make sure you know the beach well to avoid unpleasant surprises (rocks, urchins, etc). There was frequent buses to Heraklion and Rethymno from Bali and the good thing is that it is in the middle of the distance, so both cities are accessible in less than an hour.
Posted by julianreut on
Category: Rethymno Panormos
We stayed in a small hotel in Panormos to be close to the beach. Last time in Crete we had stayed in a hotel in the Old Town of Chania to be more picturesque, but this year we wanted sandy beaches and lazy days under the sun. Panormos in July was very crowded, but I think it would get more crowded in August, because this is when most people in Greece go on holidays. The bottom of the sea was rocky in some points. Close to the beach, there were many taverns to have lunch with delicious fresh sea food. Just have in mind that sea food in Greece is priced per kilo and it is quite expensive. Frozen sea food is more reasonable in price.
Posted by zoekour on
Category: Rethymno Platanias
Our base this year was Platanias beach. We wanted a beach close to Rethymno to make excursions to the town and the whole prefecture. I believe if you are close to a big town, then you are sure to have more facilities on your holidays, than if you were km far away from it. Also you are more close to high spots. Anyway, Platanias had proven to be an excellent place to stay. The beach was sandy and organized. It could get very crowded some days, but it could also be extremely quite early in the morning. Crowds would usually go before noon, so we prefered to go swimming early and then start excursions. Apart from Rethymnon town, we went to other close beaches, such as Bali and Panormos, the cave of Geraniou, about 10 km to the west and a beautiful village in the mainland, named Anogia. However, the road to Anogia was very narrow and windy. Better start early so that you travel in the daytime, not after dark.
Posted by richardjck on
Category: Rethymno Perivolia
Perivolia is actually a small cove of the large beach of Rethymnon town. It was very windy when we went, in the evening as the locals told us that it usually gets windy after 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon. You will find nice taverns along Perivolia and many sun beds to lay on.
Posted by helen2645 on
Category: Rethymno Panormos
Panormos has many umbrellas and sun beds. I particularly liked to go swim in the evening because it was less crowded. In the daytime, the beach was full of children running all around and screaming and teenegers trying to get a cold drink from the beach bar. But in the evening children would go to their beds exhausted and I enjoyed my night swim. The beach is long and sandy, so you won't hurt your feet from pebbles.
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