Rethymnon in Crete
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The picturesque town of Rethymno (Rethymnon or Rethimno),
is the capital town of the province of the same name. This province
extends from the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) to the Idi Mountains
through to the borders of the provinces of Chania and Heraklion. Rethymno
is positioned on the north coast of Crete, 80 km west from Heraklion,
and 75 km east of Chania, where the two airports of Crete are to be
found, about an hour’s drive away by car.
Rethymno harbour has a direct ferry connection with
the mainland of Greece. The mediaeval old town of Rethymno, with its
narrow streets, Venetian palaces and Turkish minarets has a distinct
atmosphere. The oriental flavour of the town brings to life the ever
changing history since ancient times. Along with the numerous seemingly
unlimited sights to see and the beautiful old town, with the Venetian
“Fortezza” or fortress, the scenic harbour, and the many
enticing tavernas, cafes and restaurants with wonderful Cretan delicacies,
Rethymno has one of the most magnificent fine sandy beaches, which
stretches to the east almost as far as the eye can see. The beach,
which is the longest in Crete, continues for several kilometres, here
and there en route broken into small shingle coves where here and
there one can find the scattered tiny hamlets reminiscent of the mountain
villages. Altogether between Rethymno to the town of Prinos there
are no less than 8 beaches, which have been awarded the European Blue
Flag. There is much to delight in exploring the many different archaeological
sites, monasteries, churches, Venetian and Turkish monuments and memorials,
and of course there are archaeological, historical and folk museums,
as well as other art museums waiting to be visited. Exploring one
of the many Cretan gorges in this area, is sure to reward you with
the sight of numerous caves and little grottos. Those of you who delight
in traditional customs, will enjoy the numerous cultural festivals
and traditional days of celebration in Rethymno, where you get the
opportunity to experience a slice of Cretan life. Religious days,
the seasonal times of the year and many other reasons mostly form
the basis for the regional and public festivities. So in the middle
of July you will find for example the Cretan wine festival with its
500 year old tradition, which lasts three weeks and is attended by
thousands of people. Of further interest, in the many outlying villages
not far from Rethymno, traditional handicrafts are still very much
alive. For example, the lovely pottery in Margarites, or the basket
weaving of Mixorrouma, the traditional stone masonry in Alfa, or the
village of Anogia where lengths of material are still woven on traditional
weaving looms, and where traditional Cretan folk art is still being
produced. There are also interesting wood carving workshops in Argyroupoli,
Agios Konstantinos and Margarites. In the wonderful surrounding area
of Rethymno we have chosen some lovely villas and apartments. We feel
sure that you and your family will be simply delighted with the beaches,
and will thoroughly unwind and relax through your experience of Cretan
life. There are endless opportunities to indulge oneself at the many
little tavernas with delicious freshly cooked fish and seafood, and
the huge variety of other Cretan culinary specialities. Because of
the central position of Rethymno and the excellent bus service, there
is also the chance, should you wish, to visit virtually all of Crete
one day outings. One of our offices offers excursions to the Palace
of Knossos, to the Archaeological museum of Heraklion, to the Lassithi
plain, to the Samaria Gorge, to the monasteries of Chania, to Arkadi
and Margarites, to the region of Sfakio, or even to Santorini by ship.
Smaller boats make trips from Rethymno along the cost to Panormo,
Bali and Georgioupolis. For those who love to go by foot, the countryside
and mountains surrounding Rethymno is something of a paradise for
Hotels & apartments in Rethymnon
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Kouremenos near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
A real magnet for windsurfers from all over the world, who find ideal wind-wave combinations.
Rihti - Exo Mouliana near Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
Two hours walk through the Rihtis gorge, which is a beautiful path that culminates with Rihtis waterfall near Rihtis beach, will take you to one of the most secluded beaches of the island.
Istron or Kalo Chorio (North-Estern Crete)
A place filled with legends and traditions – but you will find quality tourism services too.
Maridati South of Vai beach (North-Eastern Crete)
Two big rocks are the landmarks of this beach that remains unknown to the masses.
Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
A village filled with fish taverns with a view of the Pseira Island, and lots of archaeological findings.
Kato Zakros (Estern Crete)
If you follow the two hours long footpath through the “gorge of the dead” you will be rewarded with the view of a magnificent beach but also of the Minoan Palace of Zakros destroyed on 1450 B.C. possibly by a Thira (Santorini) volcano explosion.
Hiona near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
Shallow waters for the kids and young swimmers, and a well known - all over the island - local fish soup.
Aghia Fotia - Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
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Xerokambos – Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
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