We spent a couple of days at the Athena Hotel at the end of October. Even at this time, at the end of the season and immediately before the winter in the rest of Europe, you not only get a good rest on the island of Crete but have the perfect opportunity to continue you summer experience with some more sunbathing and swimming in the sea. Yes, even swimming in the sea is possible, the water was not cold. The Athena hotel is some 300 meters from the beach but it offers its own facilities for sunbathing - a pool, etc. The place is pleasant, clean and in good order, breakfast is good, the proprietors have a very friendly attitude, ready to help and give instructions for traveling around. Georgioupoli is a small but interesting town, Rethymno and Chania with their historical sights and narrow Cretan-style streets are nearby, at a half-an-hour ride, and more than worth visiting. Kissamos, an hour away, is also a historical place and a starting point for a cruise to the magical Balos lagoon and the Gramvoussa island. Balos lagoon can also be reached by car on a dirt road - 7km long but takes an hour: prepare for a very bumpy ride! The famous Elafonissi beach is another hour and a half from Kissamos on a very narrow and relentlessly winding road. But the great mountainous scenery and the Elafonissi beach with its pinkish sand make the trip worth the effort and totally rewarding. The place reviewed here can also serve as a very good starting point for traveling to the south of Crete - something we could not do. You can also hike in the mountains and enjoy the numerous natural sights in the vicinity. So both hotel and its location highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Athena Hotel Crete/Georgioupolis