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|The village and the beaches of Rodakino on Crete|
The village of Rodakino is situated in the south of Crete on the road between Frangokastelo and Plakias. Frangokastelo is 13 kilometers away and Plakias 15 kilometers. There is a bus connection with Rethymnon twice a day. The village is divided into Ano (high) Rodakino and Kato (lower) Rodakino. Both of the villages are quiet and traditional and seem to sleep in their green surroundings. There are a couple of Kafenions here, but not much more. From Kato Rodakino there is a road, about 2 kilometer long, to the beaches of Rodakino that lie in the Bay of Korakas. There are several beaches with names like Sunrise Beach, Polirizio Beach and Korakas Beach.
|A little bit more about the beaches of Rodakino on Crete|
All the roads in this area are curvy, sometimes a bit narrow, on small parts still unpaved (2012), but they are good. A kind of ravine (riverbed) divides the village into two, and there are bridges to connect the two parts of Rodakino to eachother. The beaches of Rodakino / Korakas / Koraka are one of the last hidden - undiscovered - treasures in the south of Crete. There are some accommodations offering rooms and there are a couple of tavernas but it remains very quiet. The beaches are beautiful and sandy with some pebbles. The large beach in the east has some sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and two tavernas nearby. Then west of this beach there are more beaches, some of them as good as empty and one with some people on it (this is the beach closest to most of the accommodations).
|Naturist beaches in Rodakino on Crete|
A further walk of about ten minutes over the headland will bring you to the next beach which is pristine and practically undiscovered. Behind that there are two more beautiful beaches that are usually empty. These beaches are situated behind a low hill at the west side of the accommodations and there are no facilities here. For this reason and because it is more difficult to get to it these are good beaches for nudists. Behind the largest of the beaches continue to drive upwards until you see the sign "akropolis 1,4 km" on your right hand side. Leave your car at the parking nearby and walk up the hill, than take the first path on the right leading down or walk on to the net path leading down for the second beach etc. I really wanted to keep these beaches a secret, but okay, now I told you... Don't forget to bring water and a good sunscreen if you want to go and visit.
The beaches in Rodakino are shallow and it is easy to get into the water, so they are safe for children. Rodakino is a place where people that are not looking for crowds and noise will want to spend their holidays. There is no real night life and there are no bars, neither is there much traffic. The naturist beaches of Rodakino have a bit of a current going on, but are very picturesque and clean, and they would be in my top 3 of naturist beaches in Crete (Agios Pavlos, Tertsa and Rodakino). Actually the whole landscape in and around the village is very attractive. On the opposite side where the smaller beaches are, there is also a path from the last taverna leading along the coast. It will suddenly stop, but there are nice views of the sea and the beaches.
|Kotapi Taverna in Rodakino on Crete|
Kotapi Taverna is situated at the east side beach with the parasols and sunbeds. It is set back a little bit away from the beach and has a nice terrace where you can sit out of the wind and in the shade. The counter holds all kinds of trophees, cups and medals because the daughter of the cook is a famous athlete. We visited this taverna at the end of the season so the choice was limited (always good, at least you know it will be fresh). We could choose either fresh fish or a number of other dishes including goat, chicken and a vegetarian dish. The cook was really very friendly. We ordered a Greek salad and something we didn't know (with cheese and vegetables and a crust with sesame seeds on the top - looked like some kind of mousaka). The Greek salad looked like a painting and had red cabbage, white cabbage, andive, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, croutons, olives and different kinds of fresh herbs in it. The bread was in one piece and fresh, which is good: it had not been on another table before which is usually the case when you get all kinds of different pieces of bread. The cook is super-hygienic: we caught her in the kitchen with a hair net on her head. The toilet needs mentioning: both the men's room as the ladies room was just a hole in the floor (2011). We thought it was funny.
Our verdict: clean, fresh, friendly and a nice eperience: an 8 out of 10
|Anemos Villas, Rodakino on Crete|
Anemos Luury Villas is a small villa complex with private pools. It is located in Rodakino, near Plakias, in the region of Rethymno. All villas boast 180-degree panoramic views of the Libyan Sea, Gavdos and Paimadia islands. Each 2-storey villa has 3 bedrooms, one on the ground floor and 2 more on the first floor. A fully equipped kitchen is net to the living room, and it includes dishwasher, fridge, oven, and dining area. A fireplace, satellite TV, DVD player and stereo system are featured in the modern living room. On the ground level, you will find a bathroom and a small storeroom with a washing machine, ironing board. The upper floor bathroom includes a spa bath. Beside each villa there is its private swimming pool, equipped with sun beds, sunshades and shower. Patio furniture are available on the balconies. Distance from Rethymnon is 39 km, from Heraklion airport 120 km, and from Chania airport is 100 km.
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|Korakas Beach Hotel, Rodakino on Crete|
Right across the beach with free umbrellas, Korakas Beach features air-conditioned accommodation and a bar, enjoying views of the Libyan Sea. A fitness centre and BBQ facilities are provided. Opening to a balcony, all rooms are spacious and come equipped with a TV and mini fridge. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Guests can start their day with a breakfast enriched with local honey, fresh yoghurt and home made sweets. Taverns can be found at just 50 metres, while a mini market is around 600 metres away. Korakas Beach lies 39 km from Rethymno Town and around a 30 minute drive from the village of Plakias. Free, private parking is possible on site.
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|Nikos & Anna Rooms, Rodakino on Crete|
Located on the beach, Nikos and Anna Rooms is located in the coastal village of Rodakino. It features a restaurant, free Wi-Fi in public areas and rooms with a balcony. All of the guest rooms are air conditioned. Each enjoys an electric kettle and fridge. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower. Some units overlook the sea. Guests can enjoy traditional Cretan cuisine at Nikos and Anna's beach front tavern while gazing out onto the sea. Private parking is available on site at no extra charge.
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|V & CParadise Apartments, Rodakino, Korakas Beach on Crete|
Just 40 metres away from Korakas Beach, in the village of Rodakino, V & C Paradise Apartments offers air-conditioned accommodation with unobstructed views over the Libyan Sea. It has a traditional restaurant and a café-bar. V & C rooms and studios are spacious and simply furnished. They come with a TV with satellite and cable channels, mini fridge and en-suite bathroom with shower. Some units also include a kitchenette for guests to prepare quick meals. A wide variety of Cretan and Mediterranean dishes is served at the on-site restaurant featuring a shaded, sea-view terrace. Local drinks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the stylish bar. The village of Fragokastello with its Venetian Castle is a 20-minute drive away. The picturesque town of Rethymno can be reached within a 35-minute drive. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property and free private parking is provided.
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|Sunrise Hotel & Apartments, Rodakino, Korakas Beach on Crete|
Just 40 metres from Korakas Beach in Rethymnon, Sunrise Hotel & Apartments features a swimming pool with sun terrace and a bar-restaurant. The family-run property offers BBQ facilities and spacious accommodation with free Wi-Fi amidst its lush garden. Simply decorated, all units of Sunrise open out to a balcony or a patio offering views over the pool or the Libyan Sea. Each is equipped with a TV and a fridge, while some of them include a fully equipped kitchenette or kitchen. Private bathroom is stocked with a hair dryer. Traditional breakfast, cooked with local ingredients, is served daily in the restaurant or in the rooms upon request. Guests can enjoy refreshing drinks, cold snacks and Cretan dishes at the bar-restaurant overlooking the pool. Sunrise Hotel & Apartments is located 1 km from the centre of Rodakino Village and 42 km from the port of Rethymno. The traditional village of Sfakia is at 26 km, while Souda Port is 70 km from the property. Free private parking is possible on site
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|Kleanthis Apartments, Rodakino Beach on Crete|
Located 100 metres from Korakas Beach in Rodakino, Kleanthis Apartments offers a traditional Cretan tavern. It features air-conditioned studios with a balcony overlooking the Libyan Sea, the garden and the mountains of Crete. A kitchenette with cooking facilities, fridge and coffee maker is included in all studios at the Kleanthis. Each has a TV and a private bathroom with shower. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner with house wine under the shade of the trees. Vegetables are sourced from the owner's garden and fresh fish is served daily. The scenic town of Rethymno is at 40 km. Frangokastello is at 13 km. Free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas.
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|Polyrizos Hotel, Rodakino Beach on Crete|
Surrounded by olive groves, 40 metres from the beach of Rodakino in Crete, Polyrizos Hotel features a traditional restaurant with Cretan food. Rooms overlook the Libyan Sea or the lush gardens. Featuring a furnished balcony or patio rooms at the Hotel Polyrizos include air conditioning, a fridge and satellite TV. Each room has a private bathroom with toiletries and a hair dryer. A buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the terrace restaurant that overlooks the Libyan Sea. Guests can enjoy drinks and coffee at the bar that offers sunset views. During the week BBQ and seafood nights are also held. There is a mini market right net to the hotel. The famous Fragkokastello is 14 km away, while Plakias is at 15 km. Staff at the tour desk can arrange daily excursions as well as mountain-biking activities. Free private parking is provided on site.
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|Oasis Studios, Rodakino Beach on Crete|
Oasis Studios is located in the seaside Rodakino Village of Rethymno, just 30 metres from the sandy beach of Polyrizos. The family-run property offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Libyan Sea. The studios of Oasis are simply furnished and include a kitchenette with fridge and cooking hobs. Bright and airy, each unit is air conditioned and has a private bathroom with shower. Rethymno Town and Port are located 42 km from Oasis Studios, while scenic Frangokastelo Village is at 12 km. The traditional village of Sfakia lies within 25 km from the property
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|Horizon Studios , Rodakino Beach on Crete|
Within 250 metres from Polyrizos Beach in Rodakino, the family-run Horizon Studios features a bar-restaurant with Cretan flavours and views over the Libyan Sea. It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas and self-catering units with a sea-view balcony. The simply decorated studios and apartments of Horizon have a kitchenette with fridge, cooking hobs and electric kettle. Each unit is equipped with air conditioning and a TV. The private bathroom is stocked with a hair dryer. Horizon Studios is situated 37 km from Rethymno Town and Port and 3 km from Kato Rodakino Village. The famous Frangokastello is at 15 km, while Sfakia Village is 21 km away. Free private parking is possible on site.
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