Rethymnon is the third largest city in Crete with a population of about 30,000. The old town of Rethymnon is one of the most beautiful in Crete, together with Chania. The visitor will be delighted to discover its architectural past, from the Ottoman and Venetian times. Picturesque alleys, taverns with traditional music, gardens, aromas, monuments and a beautiful sandy beach. Rethymnon is a good starting point to discover the surroundings, the coastal and mountain villages, the historical sites or the beaches of the south, especially Preveli. (Voir plus dans “Rethymnon city"our blog)

How to get there
Many direct flights to Crete from major European cities land in Heraklion or Chania. Rethymnon, which does not have an airport, is located between these two cities, a 3/4 hour drive away. It can also be reached by boat from Piraeus. Finally, for domestic travel, you can use the public transport network of KTEL.

To know, to visit, to do
Visit the largest fortress in Crete, the majestic citadel of Fortezza, the small Venetian port with its lighthouse, lined with small restaurants, the archaeological museum, temporarily housed in the basilica of St. Francis in the old town of Rethymnon  venetian Loggia, the  Rimondi fountain, the  municipal garden, the mosque  Nerantzes,  the Church Saint-François... Finally, the visitor can enjoy a pleasant swim at the sandy beach.

To visit in the surroundings
Margarites, the traditional pottery village. The beautiful historic monastery of Arkadi. And in the south of the department, by the sea, the village of Plakias in a beautiful natural setting. Also, the monastery of Preveli and swim in the the palm beach. Finally, discover the Agios Pavlos, and finally, the fishing village, and very lively in summer, of Agia Galini.

Raki Baraki (5-20€), cool atmosphere, authentic Cretan mezes (tapas). Taverna Zissis (8-20€), an award-winning restaurant with local cuisine, nice decor and warm surroundings. Lemonokipos (10-40€), under the lemon and pomegranate trees, offers good food

Pictures from Rethymnon

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