For an interesting and absorbing day out, we can recommend the Wooden Sculpture Museum, which is located in a small sleepy village less than an hour’s drive away from our hotel in Rethymno. This combination of workshop and exhibition gallery showcases the lives work of one gifted artist. Allow yourself to be enthralled by the larger-than-life creations, and marvel at the fine detail and realistic poses of the people, animals and objects!
When on holiday by the sea, can you think of a better way to explore the surroundings than by hopping on a boat? Besides adorable seaside villages and tavernas, the island of Crete boasts numerous picturesque and clean beaches and other places of interest that are actually easier to access by boat than by road. The old Venetian port is a mere 10 minutes by car from our hotel in Rethymno and besides scheduled boat tours, individual boat rentals are also available. If you’re in a nostalgic mood, pick one of the wooden pirate ships to sail the seas in style.
In the next in our series of Caves of Crete, we look at a cave in a pretty, quiet village not too far from our hotel in Rethymno, with some attractive dripstone formations, but also known for the stone cold proof of a gruesome history and of course, some great mythology. The small village of Melidoni is perfect for a lovely day trip from our hotel. It can also be paired comfortably with a look around nearby Arkadi Monastery and a trip to Bali Beach, which is only 8km away.
So cold, sleet and snow are not your cup of tea? Why not escape to the magnificent island of Crete for some carnival craziness? This year, Crete’s grandest carnival awaits you in Rethymno, starting as early as Sunday 9th of February. These are the weeks of parties and feasts, so wine and dine, let your hair down and party! Staying at our hotel in Rethymno, you will be close enough to enjoy it all but just far enough to delight in the relaxing atmosphere of our beach resort overlooking the marine blue waves of the Cretan Sea.
At this time of year we can take a moment to look forward and take stock of what will be going on in the vicinity of our hotel in Rethymno in the coming year. Here we provide a few highlights of our favourite events, festivals, and religious holidays, along with their dates (where already public), to provide some inspiration and to let you know what might be going on in western Crete during your visit in 2014.