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Excellent 5/5 15 reviews

Left view of Rethymno old town, Fortezza castle and Venitian lighthouse.

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0.1km

Venizelou apartment is nestled in the heart of Rethymno’s fishing harbor, where ancient and modern civilization meet. This apartment offers many activities conveniently meters away.

When entering this apartment a short flight of stairs brings you to a 28 sqm balcony surrounded by beautiful green flowers , relaxing panoramic views of people fishing, shopping, yachts sailing next to long sandy beaches and many historic monuments like the Fortezza castle and the Venetian light house.

This private balcony then leads directly into the apartment’s livingroom area and open plan 28 sqm kitchen.

This kitchen then joins the large bedroom and separate bathroom with a long walkway.

The bedroom has a back door that opens to another large balcony that has views of the historic town, shops and Greek Orthodox church bells.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Beachfront Rethymno main beach 100 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 10 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Chania international airport 60 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Further details indoors

Beautiful loft apartment approximately 65sqr meters of indoor space. 2 large balconies facing the fishing harbor / waterfront and historic town.

65 square meters apartment built on a historic home all together 130 squar meters including the balcony's.

The kitchen is equipped with the necessities you will need to help you make romantic and exciting dinners for your family. Remember the local farmers market is held every Thursday where you can have many organic foods collected for cooking . Walking distance.

The above mentioned area is separated by a passage that leads you into your bedroom and bathroom. The bathroom has a bathtub/shower.

The bedroom is 16 sqm and has a comfortable queen size bed and study table with plenty of cupboard space.

The bedroom then leads you into another south facing balcony 22 sqm with historic views of the old town.

Further details outdoors

Rethymno beach.

Situated in front of the Venizelou apartment in Rethymno 2 minutes walk, it is a long sandy beach, extended at a length of approximately 12 kilometers at the West. Within the city and its suburbs, it is crowded in summer, but going westwards an hour drive you can find parts with less people.

Two large balconies.

On the first your view is of the waterfront promenade and the Agean sea and the other the historic town Arkadiou street here you can buy everything your heart desires.

Further details

Frequently asked questions:

Question: The large balcony you mention on the way up the stairs, that sounds like a public balcony- can you please confirm?

Answer : The large balcony on the top of the stairs is your private balcony including the other balcony on the historic side.

Question: The beach across the road in the photo looks like the harbour, is there an actual sandy beach with sunbeds etc close by?

Answer : Yes that is the actual photo from the waterfront balcony. Many tourists play various sports on the sand, they also swim and sun bathe in the clean waters of our beautiful harbor. If you want sun beds and umbrellas they are only 2 minutes walk on your right from your apartment.

Question: Is there an internet connection in the apartment?

Answer: Yes the apartment has wireless DSL internet access up to 24mbps.

Question: Is there a cleaning after one week stay also?

Answer: Yes twice a week. There will be a linen change every midweek then on a weekend a towel & fresh-up clean (Included in price)

Question: Are electricity and heating fees included?

Answer: Yes, they are included but the use of the air conditioners is extra.

Question: Parking?

Answer: Yes there is street parking two minutes away. The direct road in front of the apartment is closed during the evenings only. This road when closed is used only for walking on and for entertainment stands like dancing, musicians artists and so on. There is also a paid parking in the marina 100 meters away (off street).

The Crete region

According to archaeological discoveries, man first arrived in the area in the later Neolithic years (3500-2800 BC). Until now, 13 instances of human presence in this period have been found, 5 of which are in caves. The most well known is the Gerani cave which was periodically a fishermen's settlement.

Human activity spread throughout the whole province during the Minoan period (2800 - 1100 BC). Settlements and large building complexes (Elenes, Monastiraki, Apodoulou) appeared which later flattened in the earthquake of 1450 BC. This destruction was taken advantage of by the Mycenaeans who invaded and settled in Crete.

During the Geometric Period (710-270 BC) there is evidence of civilisation in the area of Eleftherna and its eastern areas including at least IS cities founded between 710 and 470 BC, the majority of which are small towns. Of these, Axos enjoyed particular prosperity.

During the classical years (470-323 BC) Sivritos boomed as did Rithymna, the predecessor of today's Rethymnon.

During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Lappa appears as the most important city. The 5th, 6th and first half of the 7th centuries AD were peaceful under the jurisdiction of the Byzantine Empire. Since the second half of the 7th century continuous Arab invasions disrupted Crete until it was finally conquered in 827 or 828. The successive attempts of the Byzantine resulted in its re conquest only one and a half century later (961 AD).

In 1204 Crete came under Venetian rule, a period of domination which lasted until 1669, the last centuries of which are characterised as the "Kingdom of Crete" and left a legacy of many important monuments on the island.

The Turkish occupation brought with it a dark period for Rethymnon. The economy became agricultural, education ceased for a few centuries and oppression became unbearable. The Revolution at Sfakia in 1770 prepared for the uprising of 1821, which in turn re-ignited in 1866. It was in this revolution that the Arkadi Monastery near Rethymnon became world famous after the martyrdom of its defenders.

Crete was eventually unified with the rest of Greece in 1913 and since then it has followed the nation's history. In May 1941, Rethymnon was one of the German Parachutists' three fronts. The memorable resistance of the local people led to the execution of hundreds of inhabitants and the levelling of whole villages.

The development of tourism in the last 20 years has given employment opportunities to the people of Rethymnon and has stemmed the emigration to urban centres, which had devastated the settlements of the province.


Crete, Greece

The island of Zeus offers endless possibilities. From palm beaches up to 2,000 m high mountain peaks, a world renowned ancient civilization and a famous traditional cuisine. 7,000 adventurous years of history.

It is the largest Greek Island and is separated into 4 prefectures: Chania (Hania), Rethymnon (Rethymno)

Rethymno, Crete, Greece

The prefecture of Rethymno Greece, one of the four of the Greek Island of Crete, lies between the prefecture of Chania and the one of Heraklion. It is full of magnificent beaches, interesting archaeological sites and Byzantine churches, lovely villages, lively resorts and its capital, the town of Rethymno, is a very attractive city which has kept many example of the sumptuous Venetian architecture.The plethora of charms and beauties astonishes every visitor.

*Some of many yearly festivals and celebrations in Rethymno

***The Renaissance Festival***

This is the culmination of the city's cultural festivals. Having Successfully completed its many years, the festival plays host during its three weeks to a variety of theatrical, musical and cinematic events as well as dance and multi-media spectacles.

***The Cretan wine festival***

More than 35 years old, this celebration in the public park lasts three weeks in the heart of summer and attracts thousands of visitors.

***Renaissance Festival***

Since 1987 the famous Renaissance Festival has been organised by the Municipality of Rethymnon each summer.

***The Rethymnon Carnival***

The local carnival, held at the start of Lent every year, has been revived in recent years and it can be regarded as Crete's best carnival. Usually early February.

***The feast of Klidonas***

An historic celebration every June which maintains an interesting custom of burning the flower wreaths which were made on first of May.

*The fishermen's festival Celebratory festival in the Venetian Harbour, with free fish and wine on offer.

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Review 1-10 of 15

4 Nov 2013


"The place to relax and unwind"

This apartment is really a great place to relax and unwind, the location is superb. You can just sit and watch the world go by from the enormous terrace. It is wonderfully located for all amenities th… More

25 Oct 2013


"Perfect Hosts - couldn't wish for a better holiday home"

Alki (owner) met us in the middle of the night in a lightning storm to guide as to our apartment. We were a little late arriving in our hire car and he was extremely helpful and pleased to see us. This set the tone for the perfect hospitality we received during our stay. We cannot recommend this holiday apartment enough. Everything was perfect and I cannot fault a single thing.
The property is in an ideal location in Rethymno right in the middle of the seafront with beautiful private sun terraces to the front and rear. All amenities and facilities are first class and the place was much roomier than it looked in the photos.
Best of all the host family were extrememly kind and friendly without being at-all intrusive during our stay... expertly judged. Our hosts were always ready to help (although we never had to ask) and so helpful in providing a little helpful starter information to guide us around the town and island.

Highly recommended. A+++. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone and would be happy to stay there again. Thankyou Alki and family for a wonderful platform for our holiday - it would not have been half the holiday we experienced without you.

24 Oct 2013



Brilliant apartment - well cared for and the pictures don't do it justice. Two lovely balconies, well stocked with all the necessities - brilliant gas BBQ, plates/glasses etc and they even provid… More

14 Sep 2013


"More 'Location, Location, Location' than 'How Clean Is Your House'"

This apartment is all about the location - which could hardly be better. Overlooking the harbour and right above the main strip of restaurants and bars; the old town immediately behind and the start o… More

18 Aug 2013


"Spacious apartment in excellent location"

Great to be able to easily walk into the Old Town to find one of the lovely little restaurants or bars, or just relax on your own balcony and watch the world go by. Owner's family couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. Thanks for a lovely stay!

17 Jun 2013


"Excellent centrally sited apartment"

We flew into Heraklion and after hiring a car there drove to Rethymno. Alki was there to meet and greet us. In addition to showing us how everything worked he also gave very good advice on where to park - and not park - the car. The apartment was excellent and met our needs spot on. It was very central to both the old town in one direction and the main beach in the other. (There is also a smaller beach directly opposite).
Alki was always readily available if we had any queries or wanted advice. He regularly stayed in the apartment below and his Mum and Dad also stayed over from time to time. They were very friendly and made us some delicious Greek food. We had a really enjoyable holiday.

9 Nov 2012


"Cretan gem!"

Stayed in this super loft apartment at beginning of 2012. we were met at the airport by friendly owner, a bonus when arriving at unknown destination. location excellent, short walk to town and long sa… More

7 Oct 2012


"A great apartment in an excellent location"

This is an great apartment in an excellent location – on the sea front looking out over the harbour, 5 minutes from the heart of the old town, 5 minutes from the main beach, and directly backing ont… More

24 Sep 2012


"We loved it."

Great place to stay. Really central but quiet too. Loved the view from the balcony, the fact that we could walk to an amazing selection of restaurants and shops and just pop across to the harbour for a quick swim. We hired a car locally and went sighseeing in the morning and to the beach on the south coast most afternoons. We were really well looked after and felt we got a tiny taste of Cretan life. Thank you.

We are glad that the apartment was everything you expected. Thank you for choosing our Venidzelou apartment to spend your holiday...regards from sunny and happy Rethymno - Crete.

4 Aug 2012


"Rethymnon is a beautiful place to stay!"

This was our first visit to Crete and the apartment in Rethymnon was the perfect place to stay.
There is plenty to do within walking distance, lots of fantastic places to eat and the old town area is very interesting and attractive.
There is an open top bus and road train to visit inland villages, monasteries and other beaches so this is a good way to see more of the island. There is so much to see and it is a very beautiful place.
We didn't hire a car although might consider this for a future visit to explore the island independently.

The Rethymnon beaches weren't too crowded, even in July. The harbour beach is right opposite the apartment and was a great place to swim at sunrise. There is a well organised beach with sun umbrellas and facilities just a short walk away.
The owners of the apartment are charming and couldn't have made us feel more welcome, it was so much more homely than staying in a big hotel.
The main street outside the apartment with restaurants and shops and is closed to traffic in the evenings, it had a lively feel but wasn't too hectic or noisy, everything was quiet by around midnight.
We had a really fantastic time, a good balance of beach holiday with plenty other things to do. We would definitely go back - maybe when it isn't quite as hot!

I am glad you had a fantastic time in our apartment but how could you not...sunrise swims sound amazing.BRAVO!

You guys where wonderful guests please give my regards to your wonderful son, i loved the positive review he wrote in our guest book.

Review 1-10 of 15

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