A traditional family hotel in the heart of Crete, situated in the village Thronos near Rethymnon. Aravanes is the place to be if you seek for a genuine Cretan experience and a taste of the world-known Cretan hospitality!
The room can accommodate 19 people.
Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a children's playground. There is a seasonal outdoor pool and guests can make use of free WiFi and free private parking.
All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Guest rooms have a private bathroom, free toiletries and bed linen. Two rooms can be connected for big family.
Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available each morning at the guest house. Breakfast is 7 Euro per person.
In our place, we offer unforgettable activities!
1. Flora & Fauna Excursions
Explore the surrounding area of Aravanes and let us show you the therapeutic herbs and the greens of the area, that locals use in their every day life, as well as the animals of the area. You can walk around the Amari valley and visit the Byzantine churches and the old monasteries of the area, accompanied by an experienced guide who has lived all his life in Amari.
A tasteful traditional meal with wine will be ready for you once you finish your tour in taverna Aravanes.
2. Climbing to Mount Ida (Psiloritis)
Night climbing to Mount Ida (Psiloritis)
Ida is the highest mountain of Crete, so climbing to its top, is a lifetime experience. This is a 20-hours tour and you will be escorted by two experienced guides. An amazing tour that will allow you to admire the starry Cretan sky and feel the beauty of the sun while rising from the top of Ida.
Visit mount Ida
This is a 7-hours tour in the caves of the mountain and in traditional places where locals make cheese. The tour also includes an experienced guide who speaks English and lives in the area. An amazing meal will be ready for you, prepared in the oven, after the visit to Ida.
We offer amazing lessons in our facility.
1. Bread Making
Make bread the traditional way
Let us show you the traditional way of making bread and let’s bake it together afterwards in the wood oven! It will be the best bread you have ever tasted, for sure. You will then enjoy the bread you made yourselves with an amazing meal that we will prepare for you!
2.Traditional Laundry Lessons
Learn how to do laundry the traditional Cretan way!
Did you know that women in the past used ash to clean and sterilise their clothes? A different way of using ash, olive oil soap, hot water and herbs! Once you have completed your lesson, you will enjoy a tasteful meal with wine!
3. Cooking Lessons
A unique chance to learn how to cook like a Cretan
Learn how to prepare and cook traditional Cretan recipes using Cretan olive oil and vegetables from Aravanes’ garden, make pies as well as bake in the wood oven! You can then enjoy the meal you have prepared with wine, overlooking the Amari valley.