Crete Holidays

Location

Crete Holidays has accommodations at 2 locations, Rethymno and Bali

Rethimno - Creta Seafront Residences

Today's city is built in the same place as ancient Rithymna. Testimonies for the existence of the city exist from the 5th to the 4th cent.

The city was surrounded by a 1400 meters wall and on the side of the sea with the famous Fortezza castle, Fortezza is the emblem of Rethymnon.

Today, Rethymno is the third largest city in Crete with a population of approximately 34300.

The prefecture of Rethymnon as part of Crete belongs to the Mediterranean climate zone whose climate is characterized as temperate.

Its location in the center of Crete allows you to easily visit many of the island's attractions.

In the prefecture of Rethymno you can see the Rimondi Fountain, St. Francis Church, the Church of Santa Maria - the present Conservatory (Neratze Mosque), the Monastery of Saint Barbara, the Kara Mosque Mousa Pasha, the Loggia - Venetian Officers Club - Rethymnon, the Church of Maria Magdalene - The Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, the Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the Paleontological Museum of Rethymnon, the Melidoni Cave, the Museum of Eleftherna.

Cultural events such as the Renaissance Festival, the wine festival, the carnival.

Bali - Bali Villas

Bali is located 31 km from Rethymno and 42 km from Heraklion. It is a beautiful small fishing village that has gained a strong tourist life over the years. The central beach of Bali with fine pebbles is one of the most beautiful beaches of the prefecture of Rethymnon. It is clean, organized and provides water sports, loungers, restaurants and cafes. Close to the main beach there are other smaller and quieter ones. Bali is ideal for a quiet holiday.

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Historical Sites

Knossos Palace
Is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been called Europe's oldest city. Settled at the Neolithic period, became the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture. The center of Minoan civilization and capital of Minoan Crete lay 5km south of Heraklion. Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum
Is regarded as one of Europe’s most important museums, brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island’s history.
The Museum of Ancient Eleutherna displays exhibits from the site of Eleutherna (Greek: Ἐλεύθερνα), a city-state in Crete, Greece which flourished from the Greek Dark Ages until Byzantine times. The site lies 25 km southeast of Rethymno, on a narrow northern spur of Mount Ida, the highest mountain in Crete.

The Museum of Ancient Eleutherna
was inaugurated on 19 June 2016 and is the fourth museum in Greece exclusively focusing on a single archaeological site, after the museums of Olympia, Delphi and Vergina. The exhibits span a period of three and a half millennia (3000 BC to 1300 AD) and include objects of art and everyday life from Prehistoric, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine years.

Arkadi Monastery
is one of the Eastern Orthodox Monasteries underlining the catholicity and universality of the Church.

El Greco Museum
This small museum in Fodele, which is dedicated to one of Greece’s greatest artists.

Fortezza fortress of Rethymno
Was built in the 16th century by the venetians in order to protect the city from the Ottomans.

Phaistos
Is a Bronze Age archaeological site at modern Phaistos, a municipality in south central Crete. Ancient Phaistos was located about 5.6 km east of the Mediterranean Sea and 62 km south of Heraklio, the second largest city of Minoan Crete.

Melidoni Cave
Is protected by the Prehistoric and classical antiquities of Greece .Late Minoan and Geometric pottery was found at the cave , sign that it has been habited by the prehistoric man, and later it became a shrine dedicated to the giant guardian of Crete, Talos.

Nature

Best beaches
Rethymno sealine, Bali, Vai,Palaiohora, Preveli and the whole islands seashore.

Samaria Gorge
The gorge is in southwest Crete in the regional unit of Chania. Became a national park in 1962, particularly as a refuge for the rare kri-kri (Cretan goat), which is largely restricted to the park and an island just off the shore of Agia Marina.
A must for visitors to Crete is to complete the walk down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, at which point tourists sail to the nearby village of Hora Sfakion and catch a coach back to Chania. The walk takes five to seven hours and can be strenuous, especially at the peak of summer.