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Aquila Rithymna Beach

5 star

in Rethymnon, Crete, Greek Islands

This village-style complex has whitewashed buildings, winding paths and blooming gardens. It's right by Crete's longest, Blue Flag sandy ... Read More

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Aquila Rithymna Beach in Rethymnon, Crete, Greek Islands

Aquila Rithymna Beach details

This village-style complex has whitewashed buildings, winding paths and blooming gardens. It’s right by Crete’s longest, Blue Flag sandy beach, backed by the Idi Mountains and just 10 minutes' drive from Rethymnon old town. There are things to do around the clock here, from watersports to Greek cooking lessons. On top of that you’ll find 3 pools, the biggest of which has bridges and islands. Plus, with 4 restaurants including one with exclusively Cretan specialities, you'll be spoilt for choice. As for accommodation, there are classically-decorated rooms in the main building, and contemporary ones in the bungalows.

Swimming Pool

  • 2 poolsOpening Times: [10.00-18.00] With sunbeds, parasols and pool towels.
  • Kids' poolOpening Times: [10.00-18.00]
  • Beach changing roomsOpen 24 hours.
  • Beach showersOpen 24 hours.
  • Heated indoor poolOpening Times: [10.00-18.00] Heated April to October.
  • Saltwater poolOpening Times: [10.00-18.00]

Activities

  • Kids' clubRun by our sister company, Thomson.
  • Live showsEnjoy the live shows and experience the Brazilian, Greek and Cuban evenings. There's even belly dancing.
  • Teens clubFrom 10am, open middle of June to the middle of September.
  • Baby club*Opening Times: [10.00-18.00] Open middle May to middle September, up to 4 hours a day, 6 days a week for infants from 8 months to 3 years, with nursery area and cots.
  • Parent and toddler sessionsAt least 3 days a week, except in July and August.
  • Video room
  • Satellite TVOpen 24 hours.
  • 5 lounges
  • Themed nights*
  • Live music

Other facilities

  • Laundry service*
  • Internet cornerOpen 24 hours.
  • Shops*Several shops such as a jewellers and antique shop.
  • Mini-market*Opening Times: [09.00-21.00] Selling all the vital holiday essentials from newspapers to gifts.
  • Wi-FiCan be picked up 24 hours in the lobby area.
  • Money exchange*Open 24 hours.

Food and Drink

  • Rithymna buffet restaurantOpening Times: [07.15-10.00, 12.30-14.30, 18.30-21.30.] Based on a 14 day programme of Greek and international cuisine.
  • Riomondi cafeteria*Opening Times: [10.00-18.00] For quick, delicious foods.
  • Al fresco dining*
  • Gourmet restaurantOpening Times: [19.30-23.00] Offering Greek and Cretan specialties.
  • Lobby bar*Opening Times: [17.00-01.00]
  • Kids' tasty cornerOpening Times: [11.00-19.00]
  • Pool bar*Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]
  • Beach bar*Opening Times: [10.00-18.00]
  • A la carte Taverna Mournies*Opening Times: [12.30-14.30, 19.30-21.30.]

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Rethymnon guide

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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Activities

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.

Restaurants

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

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.

Shopping

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.

Negatives

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

Currency

Euro (€)
€1 = £0.80

Language

Greek

Plug Type

Voltage: 220V 50Hz

Time Zone

+2 hours

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  • scenery 3 stars
  • shopping 4 stars
  • family 4 stars
  • watersports 4 stars
  • cost 3 stars
  • nightlife 4 stars
  • sightseeing 2 stars
  • beach 4 stars
  • restaurants 3 stars

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