Other than lounging on the rooftop or your terrace with a glass of wine, there’s not a huge amount to do at the hotel itself, by design. Staff do organise cooking classes on the roof terrace, though, giving you a chance to get to grips with traditional Cretan cuisine. Beyond the hotel, they’ll happily organise visits to local wineries, food tours around the town, and picnics in the mountains or down on the coast. Overseen by a 17th-century Ottoman lighthouse, the Venetian port is one of the Old Town's most charming areas. Small tavernas line the picturesque waterfront, making it the perfect spot for a lunch or a sundowner. The Fortezza, the impressive 16th-century Venetian citadel on the town’s northern tip, is best seen in the morning or late afternoon, as there’s not much in the way of shade. If the heat gets a bit intense, decamp to the valley town of Argyroupoli, a veritable oasis thanks to the natural springs that rush over its small waterfalls, rocks and stonework, feeding the lush greenery and giving it a refreshingly cool microclimate.