GUIDE TO RETHYMNO
Full of beautiful beaches, archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, quaint villages and cosmopolitan resorts, Rethymno is one of the most beautiful places in Crete, Greece.
It is located between the prefectures of Chania and Heraklion and its capital boasts an elegant Venetian style of architecture. In the region you will find both popular seaside locations and secluded coves.
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In order to get there, you can fly to the airport of Chania or Heraklion or take a ferry from Athens (Piraeus).
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Rethymno Greece is a laid-back prefecture located between the regions of Chania and Heraklion. Relatively untouched by international tourists, it still keeps its traditional charm.
On the northern side, there are some cosmopolitan seaside resorts, such as Bali, Adelianos, Kampos, Panormos, and Platanias. They are perfect for your stay, as they offer a wide selection of hotels and villas. But, if you seek a laid-back place to stay, a drive around the prefecture will get you to many secluded places, such as Agia Galini and Plakias.
The center of activities is the Old Town. The architecture is strongly influenced by the Venetians, who ruled the island in the past. This picturesque town is full of narrow alleys, elegant mansions, arches, and boasts a beautiful Venetian port. The port is hands down the most popular spot of the town! It is lined with cafeterias and restaurants, while the seafront promenade is perfect for evening strolls. Another vestige of the Venetian occupation is Fortezza, an imposing medieval castle that stands on a hill above the town.
The northern and southern coasts are fringed with beautiful beaches, such as Bali, Panormos, Adelianos Kampos, Plakias, and Agia Galini. The beaches are not the only standouts of the region, though. The inland holds many surprises: traditional villages, impressive gorges, and monasteries, such as Preveli and Arkadi.
If you want to introduce yourself to the local culture, a visit to the villages is a must!
Rethymno is the getaway you’ve been looking for!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
Villas, suites, all-inclusive resorts and seafront hotels are among your options for accommodation in the region of Rethymno. In the center of Rethymno Town, you will mostly find small and cozy hotels, as opposed to the large building complexes situated near the beach of Rethymno Town, Bali and other waterfront areas.
Some of the most popular hotels are Thalassa Boutique, The Syntopia Hotel, Blue Bay Lifestyle and Casa Moazzo.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
There are no direct ferries or flights to Rethymno from Athens. The best way is to reach first either Heraklion or Chania, by plane or by ferry.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF RETHYMNO
Discover the highlights of Rethymno to experience during your holiday! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, here are the best suggestions for the ultimate experience!
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Rethymnon Town is a beautiful place to walk around. Due to the long Venetian occupation, it has an evident Medieval style. The old port is the most relaxing spot.
The region of Bali is the most tourist developed place in the region. It has organized beaches with sandy coasts and many tourist facilities for visitors.
The Monastery of Preveli has large historical importance for Crete, as during World War II the monks of this monastery helped Cretans and British to escape to Egypt.
A small but elegantly classical structure stands at Petichaki square, in the heart of the old town of Rethymno, close to Loggia. This is the Rimondi fountain built in 1626.
Anogia is a picturesque village in the inland of Rethymnon. This village is mostly famous as the homeland of Nikos Xilouris, an important Cretan signer.
On the southern side of Crete is the long and sandy beach of Plakias. Although this place has many tourist facilities, it is also great to enjoy total privacy. Nice secluded beaches are found in the region.
The Monastery of Arkadi has historical importance for Crete. During the Cretan Revolution of 1866, monks and soldiers who were hiding in this monastery, exploded themselves so that they do not surrender to the Turks.
Agis Galini is a nice tourist village on the southern side of Crete. Many tourist facilities are found there, while the beaches are both organized and secluded.
On a hill above the Town, there is a strong Venetian Fortress, called Fortezza by the locals. This fortress was originally constructed by the Venetians and reconstructed by the Ottomans.