On two things every traveller and historian is agreed: the bravery of the people and the beauty of the island.
Rethymno, in Crete, is a rare combination of history and modern-day luxury, with its Venetian-era Fortezza fortress and multicultural Old Downtown, tropical beaches and exquisite Cretan cuisine.
The main town of the Cretan prefecture that carries the same name, Rethymno hides its secrets in plain sight. Walking around is like travelling back in time, to the period of Venetian rule in Crete. The Fortezza (fortress) sits atop Rethymno’s magical old town like a crown. And you can hear the echoes of the sea and as you walk along the Venetian port with its old lighthouse and get lost in the maze of alleyways, admiring the ornate doorways and the Venetian crests that decorate them. You’ll also visit the mosques with their minarets and hop between the dozens of shops, restaurants and cafes that give Rethymno its special atmosphere. And as a final bonus, Crete’s longest beach – all 12km of it – awaits just outside town.
The largest beach on Crete (12km) stretches along the east side of the city, from Rethymno to Skaleta. You’ll take advantage of the water sports in the Adelianos Kampos and enjoy a quiet swim in the rocky coves of the Pegianos Kampos. All along the beach, you’ll find beach bars with umbrellas and lounge chairs, shops and hotels.
Places to eat and drink in Rethymno are many, especially in tourist regions such as Rethymno Town, Bali, Adelianos Kampos, Plakias, Agia Galini, and others. These are places with many restaurants and bars that attract lots of visitors every night. However, restaurants in Rethymno are also found in many secluded beaches and villages around the region. These restaurants are actually traditional taverns and serve delicious Cretan recipes. Very cozy are also the restaurants, cafe, and bars in the Old Town of Rethymno.
In a stunning location at the base of the Psilorítis mountain range, about halfway up the island’s north coast, Rethymnon is the third largest town on Crete after Heraklion and Chania. As you drive along the expressway, you’ll easily identify the town from its imposing fortress on the waterfront.
Rethymno is full of new adventures and incredible activities to do. Here you will see a list of 10 of the best things to do in Rethymno:
The choice of hotels, all-inclusive resorts, villas, and other places to stay in Rethymnon is quite wide. Being so popular among tourists, you can find any kind of accommodation no matter what your budget is.
Here you will find a list of the best places to stay in Rethymno based on travelers’ reviews:
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