LOTUS villa is situated in the middle of an oaks forest at the west edge of the authentic village Prines, facing breathtaking sunsets over the Cretan sea and the White Mountains. You enjoy the calmness in the most healthy microclimate, you hear only the birds, meanwhile you are 200-300 m. from the cafes, butcher's shop, mini-markets and tavernas with healthy local food in the centre of the village and only 6 km from the vibrant Old historical Town of Rethymno. From the villa you can walk, cycle or drive through a magnificent nature and reach the nearest beach (2 km) with good facilities and restaurants. Due to its geographical best position in the island villa LOTUS is ideal for absolute relax and privacy as well as for one day excursions to the natural treasures and especially important worth-visiting archaeological, cultural and historical sights all over Crete. Mountains with wild flowers and healing herbs, gorges (Kourtaliotis, Prasiano, Imbros gorges), the enormous sandy beach of Petres (7 km), the beaches in the south, Kournas Lake (20 km), land caves and sea caves (3 km), small restaurants with delicious healthy food (300 m), hospital (5km), pharmacy (1km) and the Cretan University (3km) are in close distance. In the nearby village Atsipopoulo (1 km) you'll find three supermarkets, bakery, cafe, restaurants, pharmacies and in your entrance to Rethymno you'll find even more supermarkets (Liddl's, Carfour) and the Hospital of Rethymno. The picturesque Rethymno Town is the most living-friendly town in Crete. From it's local market you'll buy fresh fruits and fresh fishes and seafood.There are a lot of small shops where you can buy fine clothes, furs, jewels, various hand made clothes, imaginative toys and gifts. Walking in the afternoon in the full of all these small shops, restaurants and bars narrow streets of it's Old Town is an unforgettable experience. You can hire four wheeled bicycles for three persons and cycling all the Old Town or walking in the large Promenade up and down the sea front or eat fresh sea food and fishes in the Old Harbour in front of the light-house or play chess free with the other children and adults on the sandy beach. You will enjoy all the sea sports and activities in the enormous beach of north Cretan sea between Rethymno town and Georgioupolis or swim in the many south beaches of Libyan sea (30' driving) of the perfecture of Rethymno.You can walk in the fantastic gorges (Kourtaliotis, Prasiano, Imbros) and see the rare wild colourful flowers and collect the famous healing herbs of the Cretan nature mainly during the spring and summer. You will enjoy the plays and the concerts and happenings of the Renaissance Festival in Fortezza castle near the Old Harbour from July to October. You will be always welcome in any local village fete, enjoy the local music and dance with the inhabitans.