Location

Crete

 

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own poetry, and music). Crete was once the centre of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), which is currently regarded as the earliest recorded civilization in Europe.

Crete has been established as one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. It is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. Spectacular mountain ranges dotted with caves are sliced by dramatic gorges that spill out to sea. Cretans are proud and hospitable people who maintain their culture and customs, particularly their strong musical tradition. Throughout the island you will come across traditional mountain villages and agricultural settlements unaffected by tourism. An abundance of fresh produce and the distinct Cretan cuisine – renowned for its life-prolonging qualities – adds an interesting culinary dimension.

 

Rethymno

 

Rethymno combines rarely united features: the old town's charm and history, with proximity to a long sandy beach. Although it is the third largest town in Crete, Rethymno never feels like a city as Chania and Heraklion do. Instead, it has a provincial air; it's a place that moves slowly and the most important preserves much of its Venetian and Turkish appearance.

There are two sides to Rethymno offering two styles of visit: the endless big beach hotel strip that stretches from the east end of Rethymno, lapping up the coastal "villages" of Perivolia, Platanias, Adelianos Kambos (where Villa Kalli is placed), Pigianos Kambos, Sfakaki, Stavromenos and Skaleta - and - the Rethymno that allows you the character of the old town with its mix of architecture and history, cultural influences and styles ranging from Venetian to Ottoman empire!

 

 

Distances from Villa Kalli

  • Chania Airport CHQ: 78km (1hr 10mins)
  • Heraklion Airport HER: 80 km (1hr 10mins)
  • Rethymno Center: 6km (10mins)
  • Nearest Village Tsesmes: 0.5km (Lidl super market-bakery-pharmacy)
  • Platanias Bay: 0.5km (taverns-restaurants-beach bars)