Facilities in the area
Restaurant Avli and Castello
Both can be found in the old center behind the Rimondi fountain.
Both have very good menu and nice gardens. Slightly more expensive than the average Greek restaurant.
If you stand with your back to the Rimondi fountain, you walk straight into the shopping street and find the restaurant on the right. Very good menu such as delicious Meze (small snacks).
From our house on the main road and left (the road from Loutra to Arkadi). After approximately 500 meters on the right-hand side. Specialty “lamb meat”.
From our house on the main road and left (the road from Loutra to Arkadi). After about 400 meters take the road to the right towards Mesi. After approximately 2 km you will find the restaurant with a beautiful garden on the right-hand side.
From Loutra direction Rethymno / Platanes. Pass through a tunnel under the taxi stand and turn right before the BP pump. After approximately 200 meters the restaurant is on the right-hand side.
Very nice garden and nice / friendly staff.
Located on top of the mountain, with a beautiful view over the whole of Rethymnon, the harbor, sea and mountains.
From Loutra towards Rethymno / Platanes you can take the road to Maroulas via Agia Paraskevi or turn left in the village of Tsesmes towards Maroulas into the mountains. Go through the village of Maroulas and follow the signs.
Route cf Fantastico.
From Loutra via Arsani monastery to the coastal road. Parallel to the coastal road (left side) you will find the taverna by the sea. Good menu, friendly staff and beautiful sea view.
In addition, there are nice local tavernas in the various mountain villages that are certainly worth a try. If you see a lot of locals, the menu is generally good. The price of the food / drinks is also generally very low at these tavernas.
Pharmacy / hospital
From our house on the main road and turn right towards Rethymno / Platanes. Just before the tavern in the village of Pigi, turn right into a small street. After about 150 meters on your right you will find the pharmacist who speaks perfect English.
From Loutra direction Rethymno / Platanes. Pass through a tunnel under the taxi stand and turn right before the BP pump. Follow the coastal road for about 2 km to Adelios Kampos. On your left you will find a sign with a red cross as a landmark. Here is the doctor. Speak Dutch, English, German and French.
The hospital is located in Rethymnon, behind the city park. This is right in the center.
From our house on the main road and turn right. Follow the road and right after the gas station on the On the left side of the road you will find the bakery for daily bread and tasty cookies.
From our house on the main road and head towards Rethymno / Platanes. Through the village of Pigi and on the left side of the main road you will see the local supermarket. You can get everything here.
On three days a week, Monday, Thursday and Saturday there is a market in Rethymno where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruit and local delicacies. Textiles and trinkets are also for sale.
In the village of Pigi you will find the local butcher on your right in the narrow street next to the tavern. Delicious fresh meat, bread and a number of fresh products are available here
Follow the road as above further out of the village of Tsesmes. The road bends slightly to the left and follows it. Just before the road turns right to Platanes you turn left into a small street.
Leisure & sightseeing
What can you do about leisure activities and sightseeing.
The beaches near our house stretch from Skaleta to Rethymno and have a total length of approximately 14 kilometers. Here you can find several nice places. A selection from this:
From Loutra direction Rethymno / Platanes. Pass through a tunnel under the taxi stand and turn right before the BP pump. Take the first street to the left after 100 meters. Here you will find a wide beach with both a luxury restaurant (near hotel) and a kiosk. Umbrellas and sun beds for rent. There are rocks on the coastline and the sea and it quickly becomes deep.
Beach in Rethymnon opposite Hotel Kriti-Beach (just in front of the harbor) is a very wide sandy beach. Here you can easily walk into the sea. There are no stones in the sea here, so ideal for children.
Take the highway towards Rethymno / Chania. Ca. 15 minutes past Rethymno you will find “Asterias beach bar” on the right-hand side of the exit for Episkopi. Nice wide sandy beach, nice playground for children and great food.
After many nice holiday years in Crete (Rethymnon) and the desire to own a dream villa on this beautiful island, we found a beautiful piece of land in the year 2009 among the olive trees, on which we were allowed to build a villa. At the end of May 2011 our villa was delivered to full satisfaction. The tranquility and the fantastic view of the sea make it a unique place for us. We also give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the hospitable people.