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Luxury Adele near Rethymnon Holidays

A hillside village with a beach down below


Never heard of Adele? That's the beauty of it. This tiny town in northern Crete perches 70 metres above sea level, with jaw-drop views across the island. Easy-going and traditional, Adele's charming, car-free streets are woven with whitewashed houses, old churches, and family-run tavernas dishing up local fare.

It's a good base for getting to know authentic Crete, with all sorts to see nearby – vibrant Rethymnon is around eight kilometres away, with its picture-perfect Venetian harbour and old town, while the nearest soft-sand beach is around three kilometres away (it's a gorgeous walk if you fancy journeying it on foot). Our hotel here, Grecotel Caramel Boutique, is perfectly placed for beach lovers, set on its own 300-metre stretch of sand. 

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As well as being close to Rethymnon, Adele is only an hour from Chania. It's previously been occupied by the Arabs, Venetians and Ottomans, and all three have left behind an amazing architectural legacy. See the best of it in the old town, which also has some great bars and restaurants.

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Grecotel Caramel Boutique

Crete, Adele Near Rethymnon


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Flight Information

Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours. 

Transfer Time

Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Adele is just over an hour.

When to go

The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece


In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

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