About Rethymno

Rethymno is probably the only Greek town with so long (13 km.) sea front and 3 km. sandy beach.

Because a lot of Ottoman wooden houses and mosques are still much in evidence, the tourist is left with a certain eastern impression. The Fortézza fortress was built by the Venetians 1537 -1567. In the town proper, the Rimόndi fountain (1623) and the Lόggia, a fine building (early 17th century), which today houses museum copies, should not be missed. The Great Mosque, which has three domes and a minaret, today serves as a concert hall. You can also visit the only Catholic church of the town at the corner of Melissinou and Messolongiou streets.

Today Rethymno area has become a tourism destination with 322 hotels, 16.897 rooms and 32.409 beds.

Population

37000

Climate

Mild weather through most of the year

July is the hottest month in Rethymnon with an average temperature of 29°C and the coldest is January at 7°C

cool locations around Rethymno

Moní Arkadíou (24km)

Arcadi monastery is a historical symbol for the Cretan fight against Turkish domination. First build in 1693, it suffered extensive damage during the revolution of 1866. Six years later it was rebuilt. Today it has its chief interest in the church (1587), which has one of the finest Venetian Renaissance facades to be found on the island.

Argyroúpoli (20km)

It’s the place where you can appreciate the numerous water falls, a folk museum, Byzantines churches, a mosaic path dated from Romaine time, a huge 2000 years old plane-tree.

Eléftherna (37km)

The village it is build very close to ancient Elefterna, on a small hill with lush olive groves, and displays examples of traditional architecture. Don't miss to visit the new museum!

Koúrnas Lake (22 km)

The only natural lake of the island. It’s a place to take nice photos, swim or make water activities, have a drink or lunch.

Idéon Ándron (73 km)

The sacred cave of the mountain Ida (the ancient name of Psiloritis) where Zeus was born, used from Minoan up to Roman times, is the best known on Kriti after the Dikteon Andron. Here famous bronze shields (9th century B.C.) were found.

Arméni-Somatás (9 km)

A route for nature-lovers. After visiting the private folklore and martial museum in Somatas and the Late Minoan cemetery, you head for the village of Fotinoú with its Venetian fountain, and then continue in a southerly direction towards Ballé.

Plakiás (34 km)

The long (1.5 km.) usually non crowded beach where you can taste the Libyan sea. Possibility to visit Preveli beach by boat from Plakias.

Préveli (36 km)

The monastery offer to the visitor a sensational view. In the church you can see a wooden piece from Jesus’ cross. The beach is well known as Lake-Palm tree wood. From the parking you have to descend stairs for 10 min. to join the beach.

Villages of Vrýsina

A ramblers' route of 8 hours duration (partly by car) and considerable cultural and natural interest. From Roussospíti with its Venetian buildings and its wonderful spring you make for the traditional village of Kapedianá, Chromonastíri and Mýli. Visit the traditional water mill there and cross the beautiful ravine which leads off to the right towards picturesque Xiró Horió.

Plain of Amári

The "must" for nature lovers. Don’t miss the opportunity by organized excursions or by renting a car to spend a day in this plain with non touristy villages and many Byzantine churches. A unique occasion to discover the intern Crete.

Agía Galíni (56 km)

This village who use to live from fishing today is converted to a pure touristy area, but still worthy for a short brake.

Melidoni cave (24 km)

The 65 m. long, 30 m. large and 25 m. high cave became famous in 1824, when 370 civilians and 30 resistant has been killed from Turks.

Zonianá cave (52 km)

This cave with spectacular calcareous stones it is a private property and it is possible to visit it with a guide and small groups.

Anógia (52 km)

It became famous due the musicians (Xilouris, Psarandonis, Skoulas) born here. You can visit the church Ag. Ioannis (next to the Town Hall) with paintings from 14th century. The grilled lamb and local cheese are well-known.

Axós (44 km.)

You will find the church of Ag. Ioannis with frescoes dated from beginning of 14th century and a wonderful painting of St. John Baptist.

Pánormo (20 km.)

This elegant village still hesitates between the its intimacy and tourism activities which are developing year by year.

Balí (32 km.)

A picturesque touristy village build on a hill with small beaches and clean waters.