Many picturesque, authentic and unspoiled villages can be found in the prefecture of Rethymno as well as a few calm and pleasant tourist resorts located near wonderful beaches. Anogia, Spili, Agia Galini and Plakias are among the most traditional villages of Rethymno Crete.
Many hotels and accommodation are located around these villages.
After you have seen the best Rethymno villages, you can also find information about the best beaches.
Guide to 12 villages
Discover our guide to 12 Rethymno villages. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Rethymno. For the most popular ones, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
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.
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.
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.
Description: Plakias is a lovely fishing village on the southern side of Rethymnon Crete. The surrounding area has lush natural beauty and calm beaches.
Description: Argiroupolis is a small mountainous village, surrounded by pure nature. Its inhabitants deal mostly with farming and cattle breeding.
Description: Spili is a beautiful village built on the slopes of a green mountainside. Authentic and traditional, Spili gives a nice view of daily life in Crete.
Description: Agios Vasilios is a tiny village located in the inland of Crete. It is surrounded by lush greenery and two of the most famous gorges in Rethymnon.
Description: A lovely village close to Rethymnon Town, Atsipopoulo mainly distinguishes for its architecture. Houses were built so close to each other so as to form a fortification wall in the Venetian times.
Description: Melambes is a small village on the way from Rethymnon Town to Agia Galini, on the southern side of Crete.
Description: Surrounded by lush greenery and a wild gorge, Myli is divided in two settlements, the old and the new village.
Description: Located at an altitude of 480 metres, Myrthios is a tiny village with traditional architecture and wild nature.
Description: Prasses is a small village surrounded by lush greenery. It has been built next to an impressive gorge.