Rethymno Tourism

Rethymno is, without doubt, one of the most picturesque regions in Crete. Relatively untouched by mass tourism, it retains its original charm, boasting fabulous beaches, quaint villages, great archaeological sites and beautiful Venetian buildings.

Though not as developed for tourism as Chania and Heraklion, Rethymno provides visitors with all the necessary facilities. There is a tourist office in Rethymno Town, located right outside the port close to the other travel agencies, where visitors can get all the necessary information regarding their trip. There is also a tourist police department for any problems that might occur during your stay. 

Rethymno is located between Chania and Heraklion, allowing you to experience the very best of other neighboring regions as well. The center of activity is Rethymno Town, which stands out for its old Venetian port with the imposing Fortezza castle. The Venetian Old Town, with its narrow alleys, arches and elegant buildings is really picturesque, while the seafront promenade is the perfect spot for romantic evening walks. Around Rethymno Port, you will find plenty of cafeterias, taverns and restaurants, as well as various accommodation options. Moreover, thanks to its permanent student population, Rethymno Town boasts a vibrant nightlife scene; as the sun sets, the quiet streets of the Old Town come alive, inviting visitors to their upbeat bars and clubs.

In terms of geography, Rethymno is characterized by a perfect combination of sea and mountain, offering something for all tastes. Along the northern shore, you will find many popular beaches and seaside resorts like Adelianos Kampos, Bali and Rethymno Town Beach, which also lend themselves to a range of watersports. On the other hand, the southern coast has more secluded pristine beaches, the most idyllic of which is definitely Preveli Beach. In between, Rethymno is traversed by Mount Ida and the White Mountains, abounding in gorges and caves of stunning natural beauty. These nice trekking trails make Rethymno a great destination for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.

Overall, Rethymno is perfect for experiencing authentic Cretan hospitality and immersing yourself in the local culture through the rich local flavors and colorful feasts. Rethymno tourism is not restricted to the main town, as a number of traditional villages are waiting to be discovered during your Crete vacation.

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