The Aquila Rithymna Beach looks out over Crete's longest beach, a sandy stretch with a coveted Blue Flag. And it's only a 10-minute drive away from ancient Rethymnon Town. This ... Continue reading

The Aquila Rithymna Beach looks out over Crete’s longest beach, a sandy stretch with a coveted Blue Flag. And it’s only a 10-minute drive away from ancient Rethymnon Town. This hotel has been designed in the style of a Cretan village, so it has a spacious set-up of whitewashed restaurants and bars.

Swimming Pool

You’ve got 3 outdoor pools to choose from. The biggest snakes its way under bridges and around little islands, and there’s another pulled up right next to the beach.

Heated indoor pool

Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]

Beach changing rooms

Open 24 hours.

Beach showers

2 kids' pools

Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]

Outdoor saltwater pool

Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]

2 outdoor pools

Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]

The pools here are huge. You'll have plenty space for a relaxing swim, or to take a dip to cool off. There are plenty of sunbeds on the surrounding sun terrace, with parasols for a bit of shade.

Pool towels

Other facilities







Opening Times: [09.30-13.00, 15.30-19.00]


A standout feature of this hotel is the activity scene, which offers archery, tennis and Greek cookery lessons.

Table tennis

Beach volleyball



Aqua aerobics




Cookery lessons

Part of the entertainment programme. With a Greek theme on a weekly basis.

Atelier T-shirt painting*

Part of the entertainment programme.

Silk painting studio*

With materials.

Scuba diving*

Atlantis diving centre is based at the Aquila Rithymana Beach. It offers PADI training for beginners and advanced divers. They arrange for small dive groups to go out and explore the marine life.

Watersports centre*

You can have a go on a jet-ski, or have a ride on a banana boat.


Tennis courts

Open from 7am. You can get lessons* to improve your game and floodlighting, both at a charge, on these artificial grass courts.

Food and Drink

With 3 restaurants and the same number of bars, this place goes all out at mealtimes. The main eatery offers international buffet spreads.

Rithymna buffet main restaurant

Opening Times: [07.15-10.00, 10.00-10.30, 12.30-14.30, 18.30-21.30.]

Based on a 14 day programme of Greek and international cuisine. Plus the kids have their own tasty corner. Smart casual dress code applies in all restaurants and bars, from 6pm men are asked to wear long trousers.

Beach bar*

Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]

Lobby bar*

Opening Times: [17.30-01.00]

Ancient Eleftherna gourmet restaurant*

Opening Times: [19.30-23.00]

Offering Greek and Cretan specialties. Just to let you know a smart casual dress code applies in all restaurants and bars, from 6pm men are asked to wear long trousers.

A la carte Taverna Mournies*

Opening Times: [12.30-15.00, 19.30-22.30.]

Offering an à la carte lunch and themed evening meals such as Cretan evenings, lobster dinners and fish festivals in the pretty al fresco setting. Just to let you know lobster and seafood aren't included in the complimentary meal or the theme night. Just to let you know a smart casual dress code applies in all restaurants and bars, from 6pm men are asked to wear long trousers.

Rimondi cafeteria*

Opening Times: [10.30-18.00]

This cafeteria offers quick, delicious dishes from an à la carte menu. A smart casual dress code applies in all restaurants and bars, from 6pm men are asked to wear full-length trousers.

A la carte dining*

At the local cuisine and gourmet restaurants.

Pool bar*

Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]

Kids' dining

At hotel run mini club

Price Overview

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Payment Options

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We do not charge a fee to our customers who use debit cards, but credit cards do incur a fee of 2.5% of the payment value.

To make booking a holiday at Aquila Rithymna Beach in Rethymnon easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Aquila Rithymna Beach with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above. Package holidays to Aquila Rithymna Beach are available from Thomson and First Choice .

Anyone could be forgiven for mistaking the hugely popular package tour holiday resort town of Rethymnon for a sort of Cretan-inspired theme resort, but the best thing about the town is that its picturesque historic heart is actually genuine. The old town is just that: old, its winding alleys overhung with pretty wooden flower-bedecked balconies flaunt historic Venetian and Turkish architectural influences. Fortunately a recent mad spate of tourist development has left the old town untouched, so it can now delight the many photo-happy visitors and serve as a bustling venue for tavernas, restaurants and souvenir shops. To the east is one of Crete's longest sandy beaches, which has become the target of developers and is lined with apartment blocks and hotels. Excursions are easily made to Heraklion, Chania or the monastery of Arkadhi.

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Daily boat excursions are the latest activity in Rethymnon, taking holidaymakers to the beautiful beaches at Bali or Marathi, and include lunch at a local taverna with unlimited wine. Evening cruises are also a popular activity, and there are opportunities for hiking and horseback riding. Sights within the city include the mosque of Sultan Ibrahim Han and the Venetian fortress as well as an archeaological museum.


The inner harbour of Rethymnon sports an array of restaurants perfect for holidaymakers and fish tavernas, many of which are expensive for what they are; the Samaria taverna is more reasonably priced and among the best here, while Famagusta offers a range of food from Greek cuisine to western and Chinese. Better value can be found in the streets around the Rimóndi fountain where there are some old-fashioned cafes serving local fare including delicious helpings of traditional yoghurt and honey. These include Kyria Maria, Agrimia and Othonos, all overlooking the fountain.


Nightlife in Rethymnon ranges from noisy pubs and bars around the inner harbour or inside the old town, to more relaxed bars on the beach where holidaymakers can enjoy the sounds of the sea while sipping on the favourite drink. Fortezza Disco is the flashiest in town, along with other dance clubs like the Metropolis, New York Club and the Opera Club. A new younger bar scene has appeared above the inner harbour around the Platía Plastira, with music bars sporting outdoor terraces.


There is an overwhelming amount of gift shops geared towards holidaymakers offering tourist souvenirs, as well as a variety of handicrafts such as pottery, baskets, woodcarving and woven goods. Cretan embroidery can be found at Haroula Spridaki, while various items carved from olive wood are at Olive Tree Wood. Palaiopoleiou offers genuine antiques and old textiles and those interested in modern ceramics and Greek pottery should stop at Omodamos. Self-caterers will find numerous general stores and mini supermarkets scattered about, and there is a daily market below the Porta Guora, as well as a bakery just behind the Rimóndi fountain.


Rethymnon doesn't have the ruins and archaeological sites that many Greek holidaymakers expect for such an old city.

Essential Information

Time Zone

Plug Type

Voltage 220V 50Hz
Language: Greek,
Currency: Euro (€)
€1 = £0.70

This week's weather forecast

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