Central Crete (see map
The town of Rethymnon
is between the town of Heraklion on the east and the
town of Chania on the west. Its geographical position,
in relation to these two major towns of Crete explains
to some extent its minor role in the casting of regional
development, with major roles reserved for Heraklion
and Chania. At some time however, the town of Rethymnon
decided to claim a leading role in a play of its own
production and direction. This would not have been possible
if it were not for the love of the Rethymnians for their
historic town. In an effort to change the image of their
town, the local authorities and the people worked closely
together. Currently, the town of Rethymnon is considered
the center of Arts & Letters of Crete, with Venetian
buildings and monuments freshly renovated and valorized.
Have a cup of Greek coffee
before you set off for an evening out in Rethymnon.
You need all the energy you can get. Do the same as
soon as you wake up in the morning. The best place to
have coffee is by the seaside, a favourite promenade
for tourists and locals alike. You can pick and choose
from the following names of coffee shops: VENETSIANIKO,
KAFE-KAFE, BOBO’S, GALERO (at Platanos) and EN
If you are hungry but
cannot choose from among the plethora of restaurants,
AVLI is an excellent choice. It was established 13 years
ago and is famous for its delicious Cretan and Mediterranean
cuisine. The restaurant is housed in a building of the
13th century and features an impressive garden. In addition,
the gourmets from around the world will be surprised
by the restaurant’s selection of excellent wines.
The restaurant also functions as a wine-and-cheese bar
at after midnight hours.
One more excellent choice
is the restaurant of the VENETON hotel located in the
old town. This hotel is also housed in a renovated Venetian
building with a long history. Learn more about it!
In addition to the above
high-class restaurants, there are more affordable choices
classified as “tourist restaurants” located
inside the old town. On the waterfront you will find
the TOSKANA with Greek and Mexican cuisine and the PALIAZZO,
along the beach road, with Italian cuisine. Other restaurants,
of traditional character, are the “Kobos”
(lamb ribs), the “Zissis” and the “Gavalas”
If you are on holiday,
you have plenty of time to enjoy yourselves until early
morning hours. Take this opportunity to enjoy the nightlife
of Rethymnon, which is quite vibrant and varied.
Your first call should
be at “Roloi” (Watch), a trendy bar/club
favourite with the young at heart, particularly at weekends.
Vassilis, the owner, is a very hospitable and pleasant
is what we call a “tourist club”, a large
establishment offering traditional entertainment and
cuisine. The “Metropolis” is an “all
American classic bar”. Other bars/clubs are the
“B52”, “Art”, “Nafpigeio”,
“Karma”, “Opera” or “Summer
- GETTING AROUND
The entire northern coastline
along the province of Rethymnon may be considered as
a huge beach. From Georgioupolis location (west) to
Skaleta (east) you will find the spot that best suits
your character and purposes. The small beach along the
waterfront of Rethymnon may not be one of the cleanest,
but it offers a chance for sunbathing and a swim for
those who would rather stay in town.
The picturesque fishing
village of BALI, approx. 25 km east of Rethymnon, features
a small beach and remote bathing spots that are hard
The beaches in the south
of Rethymnon are enticing and clean. We have already
described the area of Aghia Galini above with the beautiful
beach of Agios Pavlos (the best on Crete), Triopetra,
and Aghia Paraskevi. The famous PREVELI settlement and
beach with the snake-like stream acts like a magnet
for locals and tourists alike. Further to the west lies
SCHOINARIA, a remote and rather inaccessible beach.
However, you will find a hotel with a swimming pool
One more difficult to
access location is KERAMES with the beach of AGIA FOTINI,
rooms-to-let, and the fish tavern of Stavros & Viky.
The tourist resort of PLAKIAS, with a nightlife of its
own, lies next to KERAMES. It features beaches suitable
also for windsurfing. Nice beaches with camping opportunities
can be found in RODAKINO. They offer privacy and clean
waters; however, be cautious of windy days!
Stigmes, Crete's magasine