Rethymno Sightseeing

Rethymno sightseeing
Sightseeing: 31 things to see in Rethymno, Greece

The island of Crete is an extremely popular area, visited by lots of tourists every year who want to enjoy the long beaches, scenic landscapes, and mountainous villages. Rethymno, in particular, is an area of great historical importance and natural beauty, with many sightseeing worth to visit. The historical Monasteries of Preveli and Arkadi are very important places to visit in Rethymno. Visitors should also not miss a stroll to the Old Town of Rethymno with the Venetian style and the picturesque old port, as well as to the Fortezza above the town. Apart from the sandy beaches, very beautiful are the seaside villages of Rethymno, such as Bali, Agia Galini, and Plakias.

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Best Sightseeing

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The Fortezza of Rethymno was constructed in 1573 by the Turks to protect the town from enemy invasions. Today it is an impressive construction and constitutes the trademark of the town.

Location: Preveli
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The historic Monastery of Preveli is located about 40 km south of Rethymnon Town. It stands by a bridge over Kourtaliotikis River and it is surrounded by lush vegetation. The monastery has two buildings with a distance of 3 km between each other. It was originally built in the 17th century and it played an important role in all the Cretan fights for freedom.

Ideon Cave is located about 20 km south of Anogia village, Rethymnon. According to mythology, this is the cave where god Zeus was raised, hidden from his father Cronus. Cretan men named Kourites was guarding him and a nymph goat was feeding him with milk.

Best villages

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Location: On the northern side of Crete
Description: Rethymnon is a lovely town with vivid Venetian and traditional architecture. The most characteristic sight of Rethymnon is the Fortezza, a strong castle built in the Medieval times. The region of Rethymnon is probably the most unspoilt tourist area in Crete.

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Location: 55 km south east of Rethymnon Town
Description: This is a lovely village built on the slopes of a mountainside. Its men fought for in all the important battles of Crete and Anogia is considered among the most authentic villages on the island.

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Location: 55 km south east of Rethymnon Town
Description: Agia Galini is a small fishing village on the southern side of Rethymnon Crete. Over the last years, it has developed into a tourist resort but things are kept calm and relaxing.

Best beaches

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Location: 55 km south east of Rethymnon Town
Description: The beach of Agia Galini is a nice family place, ideal to relax. The ebach is actually a sandy cove surrounded by huge cliffs.

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Location: 32 km east of Rethymnon Town
Description: Bali is a sandy beach that gets quite popular in summer due to the wild landscape that surrounds it and its calm atmosphere. A couple of monasteries are located in the area.

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Location: 22 km east of Rethymnon Town
Description: Fully organised and with crystal water, Panormos has plenty of taverns and accommodation with an amazing view over the sea.

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Location: 2 km east of Rethymnon Town
Description: The long and sandy beach of Perivolia is very close to Rethymnon Town, therefore it gets very popular in summer.

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Location: 4 km east of Rethymnon Town
Description: Organized and long, Platanias gets very popular due to its soft sand and the close distance from Rethymnon Town.

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Location: 10 km east of Rethymnon Town
Description: Adele is a long, beautiful beach in close distance to Rethymnon Town. The beach is organized and it is surrounded by many tourist facilities.

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