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Polyrizos Hotel
Polyrizos, South Rethymnon
at 46km (NW)
Surrounded by olive groves, 40 metres from the beach of Rodakino in Crete, Polyrizos Hotel features a traditional restaurant with Cretan food. Rooms overlook Plakias Bay or the lush gardens. Featuring a furnished balcony or patio rooms at the Hotel Polyrizos include air conditioning, a fridge and satellite TV. Each room has a private bathroom with toiletries and a hairdryer.

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University of Crete
Voutes Iraklion & Rethymno
at 46km (NE)
The University of Crete, is multi-disciplinary, research- oriented Institution, situated in the cities of Rethymnon and Heraklion. It is a University with a well-known reputation both nationally and internationally, with state-of-the art curricula and graduate programmes, considerable research activity and initiatives that reflect its dynamic character. It was established in 1973 and operated during the academic year 1977-1978. Today, approximately 10628 students attend the University. The University's staff consists of 580 Teaching and Research Staff members. Its' operation is supported by more than 400 administrative staff.

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The School at Ano Archanes
Archanes
at 46km (NE)
An excellent specimen of a specialized building, one of the first structures erected during the period of the Cretan State. It was designed by the architect Salivero, one of Prince George's officials. The plans were completed in 1901 and the construction was accomplished thanks to donations of rich Archanians living in the U.S.A. The building is Pi-shaped in plan, has two storeys and a basement, it is built of stone and its roof is partially wooden and covered with tiles.
It is a monumental but well balanced structure with many harmonic and elegant Neoclassical features. Since its construction, the building has been used as a school. During the German occupation it housed General Muller's division.
Source: The Hellenic Ministry of Culture

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Anemospelia Archaeological Site
Archanes
at 46.1km (NE)
Anemóspilia (GR: Aνεμόσπηλια). A rectangular building with three narrow chambers, each opening into a long corridor to the north, which extends along the whole width of the building. The area is enclosed with a stone wall and the whole structure has been interpreted as a shrine; in the central room was found a "xoanon" (statue) of the deity worshiped here. In the west room, where the altar stood, was uncovered, according to the excavator, the first human sacrifice to have ever taken place in Minoan times. The building at Anemospelia was used for only half a century, as it was suddenly destroyed by an earthquake in the middle of the 17th century B.C. The site was excavated in the summer of 1979 by John Sakellarakis.
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Links:
Minoan Religion (Foundation of the Hellenic World)

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Rodakino villages
Rethymno south
at 46.1km (NW)
Two small villages, Epano & Kato (Upper & Lower) Rodakino halfway from Plakias to Frangokastelo, overlooking the bay of Korakas. Rodakino is 42 kms from Rethimnon, 27 kms from Hora Sfakion and 13 kms from Fragokastello. Rodakino is surrounded by small beaches some of them accessible only by foot, were visitors can isolate themselves from any trace of civilization. There are some small hotels and rooms to rent available and a couple of tavernas. The road to Rodakino is asphalt paved and there is a bus service to Rodakino from Rethimnon twice a day.
In the village the visitor can find a taxi station, and a gasoline station. A doctor is available for medical emergencies on the village of Plakias approximately 15 kms from Rodakino.
Rodakino played its own part during the eons, in the fighting of the Cretans against all the invaders. The village was totally destroyed during the Venetian occupation, with only one resident escaping to Peloponnese in Greece . Years after the destruction he returned to the site of the village, and he rebuilt it.
In Kourkoylo one of the quarters of the village the first rising of the flag of the revolution against the Turks was raised on May 24th 1821.
During the second World War the kidnapped German general Craipe was sent away from the bay of Korakas to the Middle East.

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Amaril Apartments - Studios
Platanes, Rethymno
at 46.3km (NW)
Family owned business located in the most popular resort of the north coast of Rethymnon. Only 5km away from the city of Rethymnon and only 100 m from the long sandy beach. Amaril features 5 studios and 3 apartments for 2-4 persons each. They are fully equipped, with large balconies or verandas. All the apartments have TV.

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Bali Star Hotel***
Bali
at 46.4km (N)
Bali Star is built amphitheatrically on a small peninsula in Bali, enjoying a view of the port. It offers a large garden with free deck chairs and playground, a pool and a beach bar. The hotel’s rooms are tasteful and fitted with all modern comforts. They have a balcony or veranda with view of the garden or the sea, TV, air conditioning, refrigerator, hairdryer and safety deposit box.
Hotel services include around-the-clock reception, banking service, free parking and travel services.
The hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast and dinner prepared with famous Cretan products. The menu is complemented by a full range of drinks and quality wines produced in the area.
The hotel is 47km away from Iraklion, where the nearest airport and port are situated, and 32km from Rethymno.
Hotel Rooms: 62

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Minos Mare Royal Hotel
Platanias, Rethymnon
at 46.4km (NW)
Located on the sandy beach of Platanias, Minos Mare Royal offers rooms with flat screen TVs and CD/DVD players, hot tub and a spa centre with sauna and indoor pool.
Surrounded by gardens, Minos Mare Royal offers rooms and suites featuring free internet. The rooms also have a balcony overlooking the pool, the gardens or the sea.
The Royal Restaurant offers views of the pool and serves a rich breakfast buffet. The a la carte restaurant Poseidon serves Mediterranean cuisine in a beach-side setting. The Queen’s Wine Bar serves a large wine selection, as well as refreshing cocktails.
Hotel Rooms: 75

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Marinos Beach Hotel-Apartments
Platanés, Rethymnon
at 46.4km (NW)
Set in a beautifully landscape garden, facing the crystal-clear sea as well as beach, this family-run apartment hotel welcomes guests looking to enjoy a relaxing, sun-filled holiday on Crete.
Each of the guest units includes a large balcony, which are the perfect spot for watching great sunsets or the sparking lights of the town.
Marinos Beach impresses with its facilities such as the large outdoor pool, separate childrens pool and playground. Watch your children have fun while you soak up the sun on one of the sun loungers on the beach.
The restaurant is open all day long and serves hearty breakfasts and delicious Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner. All meals are prepared with fresh produce, most of which is grown in Marinos private vegetable garden.


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Phourni Archaeological Site
Archanes
at 46.4km (NE)
Excavations at Phourni have brought to light 26 buildings, most of which had funerary use. The cemetery was used from 2400 B.C. until 1200 B.C. and each complex had more than one architectural phase. Most of the funerary buildings were used for many decades and contain successive burials. Excavations were begun in 1964 by Efi and John Sakellarakis and have been continued until today (1995) with short interruptions. Most of the buildings are preserved in good condition.

Archanes
Archanes
Archanes, Iraklion
at 46.4km (NE)
A small traditional town (~4000 people) 15 km south of Iraklion on the foot of the sacred mountain Yiouhtas. Renowned for its excellent wine (from the varieties: vilana, kotsifali and madilari) and the archaeolocical sites and caves.
In 1912, Xanthoudides noted the importance of Archanes, but Sir Arthur Evans was the first to characterize the site as palatial, declaring that Archanes was likely a Summer Palace for the Knossos kings. Spyridon Marinatos and N. Platon excavated minor areas in the region, but nothing supported Evans' theory. In 1964, J. Sakellarakis dug trial trenches at the Tourkoyeitonia site and uncovered the first evidence of a palace site. Since 1966, Archanes has been excavated by the Greek Archaeaological Society under the supervision of John Sakellarakis and Efi Sapouna-Sakellarakis.

Links:
http://www.archanes.gr/(GR)

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Bali Beach Hotel***
Bali
at 46.7km (N)
Back-dropped by the Cretan mountains, this modern hotel complex offers a fantastic view to Bali bay. Guests enjoy air-conditioned rooms with private balcony, 2 adult swimming pools and a variety of dining options. The renovated hotel rooms are fully equipped with private bath or shower, satellite TV with music channel and mini-fridge. Each offers a lovely view of the bay of Bali or Mount Kedros.
The Bali Beach’s pool complex includes 2 pools for adults, a children’s pool and a baby pool. It is surrounded by a large sunbathing terrace with beds and umbrellas. Refreshing cocktails are served at the two pool-side bars.
The Bali Beach & Village’s buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner,including Cretan, as well as International dishes. Refreshing juices and light snacks are available at the beach bar Meltemi.
The Hotel Bali Beach & Village is 25 km east of Rethymnon and 45 km west of Heraklion. The village centre which features traditional taverns, restaurants, and various shops is just 250 metres from the hotel.
Hotel Rooms: 63

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Bali village
Rethymnon North coast
at 46.8km (N)
Bali is a small fishing village, about 40 km west of Iraklion and 37km east of Rethymno easily accessed from the international road.
It has a small picturesque harbour and lots of small coves with wonderful clear beaches.
Recent years Bali has been developed to a popular tourist resort but it is still preserves its traditional character.
Ideal place for family holidays, with small hotels and lovely taverns serving fresh fish and local specialties.
Not far from Bali is the Monastery of Saint John a place worth to visit.

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Ormos Atalia Hotel***
Bali
at 47km (N)
Ormos Atalia is located in Bali Village, only 100 metres away from the harbour and 150 metres from the beach. It features an outdoor pool, and offers free public Wi-Fi. All guest rooms offer a private balcony. Each room is equipped with satellite TV, minibar, and en suite bathroom with hairdryer.
Guests of Ormos Atalia can relax in the green garden or by the pool area, and enjoy scenic views of the surrounding area.
Hotel Ormos Atalia is situated half way between Heraklio and Rethymno in Northern Crete. Connection to the public transport network is available 2 km from the hotel, and Nikos Kazantzakis Airport is 50 km away. Free parking is possible at a nearby location.
Hotel Rooms: 45

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Fodele village
Malevizi, North - West Iraklion
at 47.2km (NE)
A traditional village - birth place of Domenikos Theotokopoulos (EL GRECO) - with many pottery and weaving workshops. Close to the village is a small beach with taverns and a large hotel resort. Fodele is known also for its quality orange production.

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El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Painter born in Fodele, Iraklion
at 47.2km (NE)
Great painter famous as "EL GRECO"(Fodele Iraklion Crete 1541 - Toledo Spain 1614) El Greco's art is the product of both his time and his genius. The artistic currents and the places he visited, are reflected in his work. It is more difficult to outline precisely the influence of the Cretan School in his work. Birth name: Doménikos Theotokópoulos (GR: Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος)
Born :1541 Crete, then Republic of Venice
Died :April 7, 1614 Toledo, Spain
Field :Painting, sculpture and architecture
Movement :Mannerism, Antinaturalism
Famous works :El Espolio (1577–1579), The Assumption of the Virgin (1577–1579), The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (1586–1588), View of Toledo (1596–1600), Opening of the Fifth Seal (1608–1614).

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El Greco Museum
Fodele, Iraklion, Crete
at 47.2km (NE)
The museum is located at a place called "Archontiko", around 1000m west from Fodele village and is housed in the house where according to tradition the great painter Doménikos Theotokópoulos (El Greco), was born. The exhibits are mainly photo - reproductions of his paintings and other documents related to the painter's life and work.
The house was severely damaged by the passage of time. The restoration began in 1982 with a grant from the Ministry of Culture and the considerable help of the then Minister Melina Mercouri, in collaboration with the community of Fodele. It was reconstructed according to its original design.


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Panormo village
Rethymnon North coast
at 47.4km (N)
Panormo is a small coastal village with ~400 inhabitants, located 25km east of Rethymnon in a small distance from the national road.
The village has developed to a tourist resort providing quite a few tourist facilities such as hotels, apartments, lovely taverns and bars.
There is also a small fishing harbour that serves mostly the locals.
It is an nice place for swimming as its beaches - with umbrellas , sun beds etc - are with fine sand and clear water.
Early-Christian basilica in Panormo
In 1948 the archaeological axe brought to light the largest early-Christian basilica of Crete southwest of the village of Panormo. The basilica of Aghia Sofia had a wooden roof and dates back to the 5th century.

About 25km from Panormo to the mainland is the archaeological site of Eleftherna.

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Apartments Christina
Panormo
at 47.5km (N)
Located in Panormos fishing village, 50 metres from the sandy beach, Apartments Christina offer self-catering accommodation overlooking the Cretan Sea. The fully equipped kitchens feature cooker and fridge. All air-conditioned units at the Christina include satellite TV and free Wi-Fi access. Bathrooms are equipped with hydromassage tub or jet shower. Maisonettes and apartments also feature furnished balconies and a sitting area with fireplace.
The village of Panormos has a good selection of traditional taverns, shops and water sports facilities. Christina Apartments is 18 km from Rethymno Port and 60 km from Heraklion Airport. Free public parking is possible at a location nearby the Christina.
Hotel Rooms: 6

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Captains House Traditional Hotel Suites
Panormo
at 47.6km (N)
Captain's House is a unique beautiful traditional building, situated just above the sea with a magnificent view. It faces over the port and the golden sandy beach of the small fishing village of Panormos. The hotel offers maisonettes, apartments and a very spacious suite, all with sea-view terrace or balcony. All guests are greeted with welcome basket including fruit, wine and mineral water. In-room facilities include satellite TV, safe and fully equipped kitchens.
Captain's House has a lounge and a nice restaurant which offers traditional Greek food and fresh fish.
Hotel Rooms: 6

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