Crete simply has it all!
Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, the visitor can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover!
Crete’s population comes up to 620.000 people approximately. The vast majority of the population lives in the four major cities of Crete, Chania, Rethymnon, St. Nikolas and Heraklion. The rest of the population live in smaller towns, in small villages on the mountains, or in fishing villages by the shores.
Crete is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. 3.000.000 tourists fly to Crete every year from all over the world; another 500.000 tourists come from Greece by boat.
The Hotel Capacity of Crete is described as follows:
In 2011 2.830.123 foreign visitors arive by Air (Heraklion -Chania airport) a rise of 12,2% compared to the arrivals of 2010 (2.523.383 arrivals).
Organized cruise arrivals in Crete
For the first time, in 2011 we had organized cruise ship arrivals in the ports of Crete; cruise arrivals proved to be a very important event for Crete and enormously crucial for the local economy. The benefits of this activity has been considered very important. The total number of foreign tourists who visited Crete on cruise ships came up to 300.000 people from various nationalities, for the year 2011. The estimation is that this number will increase significantly in the years to follow.
The modern city of Rethymnon is built on exactly the same position as the ancient Rithymna, or Rethymna, or Rithymnia. There is evidence that the city has existed since the 5th – 4th century B.C
In Rethymnon, the visitor comes across with monuments of unique beauty, the castle, temples, monasteries and a lot of Venetian villages. Crystal blue sea and picturesque landscape offer the opportunity for long wandering promenades and sports activities: scuba diving, sailing, bicycling etc. There are dozens of traditional coffee shops and small taverns where famous local delicacies are served.
The hotel capacity of the Municipality of Rethymnon is particularly important; most of the hotel units are found on the north coastline mainly. There 138 units of all types, which consist of the 75% of the tourist zone of the city and the 50% of the total of the County of Rethymnon. 12% of the total number of the units are A’ class, 31% belong to B’ class, 51% belong to C’ class and finally a 7% is D’ class.
Additionally to the hotel units, there are another 143 accommodation units, which include rooms, apartments, villas, hostels; the total number of beds offered comes up to 281 all together.
According to mythology, Zeus was raised in Ideon Andron, on the plateau of Nida, in Psiloritis Mountain, which is part of Rethymnon
Beside the summer season, Rethymno manages to attract a significant number of visitors during the carnival period (40 days before Easter) by organizing the largest carnival of Crete and third largest in Greece with the participation of 15,000 people and over 100,000 visitors in the final parade.
• Chania airport 70 km [~ 50 minutes]
• SOUDA PORT (CHANIA) 60 km [~ 40 minutes]
• Chania 65 km [~ 45 minutes]
• Heraklion 80 km [~ 60 minutes]
• Airport Heraklion 85 km [~ 60 minutes]
• AG NIKOLAOS 140 km [~ 1.30 hours]
The park will be build in a land of 229,006.11 sqm. at a distance of 4.00 km south of the town of Rethymno.
Is a perfect amphitheater slope and absolute altitude from North South 180 to 320 meters with a resulting slope in the 950 meters length 15% North overlooks the city in all its breadth, the Harbour, the Fortezza and the Mediterranean sea. East Psiloritis and the beach area of Latzima. Western White Mountains and beach to the port of Souda. South Mountain Vrysina and the rest of mainland.