Holidays in Rethymno

Rethymno info

Whatever you have heard of Crete comes true to its extreme when we speak of Rethymno Prefecture, where words reach their limits and the beauty can only be experienced. Rethymno is located in the centre of Crete between the counties of Chania and Heraklion. It is a very natural and mountainous part of Crete, and provides the ideal setting for rewarding holidays throughout the year. Scenic beauty, as well as a distinct local culture, are so inviting to everyone that this region is a magnetic pole of attraction year round! Snow-capped mountain peaks, deep and narrow gorges, fertile valleys watered by the sweat of the people of Rethymno, endless golden sand beaches and the ever-changing colors of the sea contribute to a rich and relaxing surrounding, ideal for memorable vacations. Remains of the past, which testify to the glorious history of this land through time, an intrinsically hospitable and fun-loving people, a perfect tourist network, and a very beautiful capital city (Rethymno Town) define the character of this part of Crete. Rethymno Town is built on the ruins of the ancient city Rithymna, around the castle Fortetza that dominates on Palaiokastro hill.
All the city has an air of nobility with the graphic Venetian harbor, the mansions, the domed passages, the narrow alleys and the churches. Despite the long incoming tourism tradition of Rethymno, and despite the fact that a great number of visitors decide to, yet another time, revisit the area, there is always a new surprise round the corner, yet another hidden secret for you to discover; fascinating and thrilling, breathtaking and enticing, or relaxing and educational, Crete in general, and Rethymno in particular, are a must for the contemporary world traveler.

Ferry tickets to Rethymno

Rethymno's homonymous port can be reached by ferry boat, mainly from the port of Piraeus. We can offer ferry tickets through our online booking system.

Airtickets to Rethymno

Rethymno doesn't have an airport, so it can only be reached by car or public transportation. We can offer airtickets to Chania or Heraklio airport through our online booking system and then there is connection to Rethymno by bus, train or car.

Hotels in Rethymno

There is a variety of hotels, apartments and rooms to let in places like Rethymno Town, Bali, Plakias, Agia Galini and many more, depending on the type of holidays you would prefer. You can find more information at the section of Rethymno hotels.

Transfer & car rental in Rethymno

In order to reach Rethymno without using a public transportation, you can rent a car from Chania or Heraklio airport through our online booking system.

Sightseeing and tours in Rethymno

There are numerous places worth visiting:

• Fortetza castle built by the Venetians in 1573.
• the Archaeological Museum next to central gate of Fortetza
• Lotzia building, that was the clubhouse of the Venetian lords.
• Rimonti fountain (1626) with great architecture and sculpture
• the Venetian church of the Lady of Angels
• the monastery of Agia Irini that has a long history
• the canyon of Mylos with running waters and watermillsIn the prefecture
• Idaio Antro near in Anogeia, ancient worship center and according to mythology Zeus was breeded here by the nymph Amaltheia.
• Arkadiou Monastery. The historical monastery was initially built in the 14th century and during the Ottoman domination was an intellectual centre.
• ancient Eleytherna also known as Apollonia from the worship of Apollo
• the museum of wax effigies from the history of Crete in Zoniana
• in Perama, Melidoniou cave of archaeological and historic interest. In 1824 in the cave found shelter hundreds of villagers because they didn’t want to surrender to Housein pasha and he barred the entry put a fire and the people died from suffocation.
• in Spili is the ancienter vineyard of Crete and around beautiful traditional villages
• in Zoniana is the impressive cave " Hole of Sfentoni"
• in Amari, a graphic village in a fertile valley, is the historical monastery Asomaton (13th century)
• Preveli monastery, a twin monastery with long history. Today functions only one part the monastery of Saint John the Divine
• Preveli Lake is in an ideal location, with palm trees where you can walk in the paths and swim in crystal waters
• ancient Syvritos

Travel tourism information in Rethymno

•Tourist Police:                              +30 28310 28156
•Port Authority:                              +30 28310 22276
•Hospital:                                       +30 28310 87100
•Bus Terminal:                               +30 28310 22785
•Port Authority (Agia Galini):         +30 28320 91206

Restaurants and nightlife in Rethymno

Most nightlife venues in the prefecture of Rethymno are situated in Rethymno Town, the capital of the prefecture, and the popular tourist resorts of Agia Galini and Plakias, Crete, although no matter where you stay there are always a couple of places to have a drink. Traditional tavernas and restaurants, which can be found practically in every Rethymno village, serve famous Cretan dishes, such as chochlious (traditionally-cooked snails), dakos (vinegar & water-soaked barley rusk with chopped tomato and feta cheese), apaki (smoked meat), potatoes "oftes" (fried with the peel), rich staka cheese, a variety of seafood dishes and Rethymno's speciality: "ofto" meat (meat cooked in a ceramic dish). After a scrumptious meal, try kaltsounia (sweet cheese pastries) and finish with a glass of raki, the alcoholic drink that should be sipped, not gulped!

Special places of interest in Rethymno

Many people visit the Rethymno Prefecture because of its fabulous beaches and crystal-clear waters. There are Rethymno beaches of all types on both the northern and the southern coast of the prefecture: some sandy and some pebbly, others long and others short. Many of the Rethymno beaches are organized, providing sunbeds, umbrellas, water-sport facilities and a number of restaurants and cafes where swimmers can have a delicious meal or a refreshing drink after a day at the beach.
On the northern coast of Rethymno, you can go to the popular beaches near Rethymno Town, as well as the Rethymno beaches of Bali, Adele, Platanes and Perivolia or the quieter beaches of Gerani and Episkopi. If you are staying on the southern side of the Rethymno Prefecture you have a good selection of the much-frequented beaches of Agia Galini, Plakias and of course the beautiful Preveli Beach. For those who prefer secluded and quiet beaches, we suggest visiting the Rethymno beaches of Agios Pavlos, Triopetra, Damnoni, and Rodakino.