The prefecture of Rethymno is located on the western side of Crete, between the prefectures of Chania and Heraklion. It is full of magnificent beaches, interesting archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, lovely villages and lively resorts. Rethymnon Town is the capital, a town with intense Medieval architecture and a lovely Venetian port. Bali, Agia Galini, Plakias and Adelianos Kampos are among the most popular beach resorts in Rethymno Greece, while a drive around will bring you to innumerable secluded coves for total privacy. Interesting sights to visit in the region are the historical Monasteries of Preveli and Arkadi, the Ideon Cave where god Zeus was raised according to mythology and the many gorges in the inland.


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Located between the popular regions of Heraklion and Chania, Rethymno Crete keeps a lower profile in tourist development. Apart from some beaches in the northern side, the rest of the region remains off the beaten track even in high season. As it is not as popular as Chania and Heraklion, the region of Rethymno has more quiet and relaxing places.

Bali, Adelianos Kampos, Panormos and Platanias are the most tourist developed beach places on the northern side, while Agia Galini and Plakias on the southern side are great family places for total privacy. Holidays in Rethymno can be cosmopolitan or totally remote, depending on your preferences. A drive around will also bring you to important historical sites and places of natural beauty.

Rethymno Greece is a region with authentic beauty and relaxing atmosphere. It is one of the four regions of Crete island, one of the most popular Greek islands. Like in the rest of the island, the villages of Rethymno keep their traditional beauty. Walk around the Old Town and explore the stone paths, the elegant mansions, the lovely arches and certainly the Venetian port. This is the most popular spot of the Town, lined up by delicious restaurants and nice cafeterias. Above the town, there is a strong Medieval castle called Fortezza.

The northern and southern coasts are dotted with fabulous beaches. Bali, Panormos and Adelianos Kampos on the northern side get pretty popular in summer, while Plakias and Agia Galini are the most tourist places in the southern side. The inland of the prefecture has traditional villages, impressive gorges and historical monasteries, such as Preveli and Arkadi. In these villages, visitors will frequently listen to authentic Greek music.

Have a look in our guide of Rethymno Crete and find all the useful information about your Rethymno holidays. Due to its central location, visitors can easily make trips to the other prefectures of Crete: Chania, Heraklion and Lassithi.

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