Rethymnon holidays

If you want to enjoy the quieter side of Crete, Rethymnon might be the perfect place for your next getaway. For families, there are over 10km of sandy, sun-kissed beaches, which shelve gently into sapphire-blue waters. For couples and those who want to immerse themselves in the area’s history and culture, the old town offers colourful and narrow backstreets, a bustling Venetian harbour, and an imposing fortress. The harbour is where you’ll find the best restaurants, offering superb views of spectacular sunsets, and a few bars and clubs for those who want to kick their heels up. Explore spectacular subterranean caves, dip a toe into the past with a visit to the nearby Minoan tombs, or browse one of the busy markets. Whatever you want from your downtime, booking your holiday here allows you to make your break just what you want it to be.

Things to do

Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or as a couple, you’ll find plenty of things to do on your holidays to Rethymnon. The old town is a beautiful backdrop against which to admire the impressive Renaissance architecture or to explore the markets tucked away amongst the cobbled streets and squares. For leisurely dining or a laid-back drink while you watch the sunset, make your way to the Venetian harbour, which is also where you’ll find the best nightlife.

The inviting sands and crystal-clear waters of Rethymnon Beach are just a short walk from your hotel and the ideal place to catch some rays or get involved in some white-knuckle water sports.

Perfect for exploring

The intricate detail to the dominating Venetian architecture gives anyone with a passion for walking an opportunity to take in some real sights as you explore the city. Marvel at these attractive buildings as you wander along the city’s quaint, cobbled streets. En route, you’ll discover authentic Greek restaurants with tasty food and friendly locals, as well as unique shops selling gifts and souvenirs to remind you of your Rethymnon holiday.

History and culture

The island of Crete boasts an exciting history that to this day, has people wanting to delve deeper into it and find out more. The ancient charm of Rethymnon is no different and you’ll find it difficult not to admire. You won’t have far to go to discover something else to explore: just a simple stroll down the bustling narrow streets will lead you to old churches, Renaissance architecture and the city’s famous ancient fortress.

Stunning scenery

For anyone who enjoys inspiring views, Rethymnon will not disappoint as the area has been blessed with some exceptional scenery, both man-made and natural. From the fascinating Arkardi Monastery to the Kotsifou Gorge, each day of your holiday will contain countless breathtaking moments, perfect for getting some memorable holiday snaps.

Map of Rethymnon

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For some serious relaxing on a sun-kissed beach, book your Rethymnon holidays between June and August.

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Flights to Rethymnon land at Heraklion Airport, which is just over an hour’s drive from the resort.

Rethymnon is best for...

Sightseers: Rethymnon’s old town is full of hidden treasures, with renowned Renaissance architecture and sights like the fortress to explore.

Beach lovers: Away from its historic sights, Rethymnon still enjoys a classic Cretan beach, with golden sand and beautifully clear waters.

Night owls: The nightlife in Rethymnon is upbeat and diverse, with an exciting mix of Cretan tavernas and a lively bar scene.

Fast facts for Rethymnon

Language: The language spoken in Rethymnon is Greek

Currency: The currency used in Rethymnon is the Euro (€)

Local time: Rethymnon is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Heraklion Airport (HER)

Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours

Tourist Information: Further Rethymnon tourist information can be found at www.incrediblecrete.gr/11/index.en.html

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Rethymnon

Getting around Rethymnon

By bus: Rethymnon is well serviced by buses, which run regularly in high season and visit neighbouring towns and cities like Heraklion. Buses are generally the most efficient and affordable way to get around in Crete.

By taxi: There are plenty of taxis available in Rethymnon. They can either be picked up from the taxi rank or hailed down on the road. The taxis in Crete are a reasonably affordable option for short journeys.

By car: If you’re interested in exploring the island, hiring a car is ideal. There are a number of car hire companies to choose from and the roads in Crete are well-maintained and easy to navigate.

Events in Rethymnon

Renaissance festival: Rethymnon hosts a famous Renaissance Festival every August. The festival attracts visitors from all over the world to enjoy its theatre, dance and music productions, as well as art exhibitions celebrating European Renaissance. The events take place in the open-air Erofili Theatre within the ancient Venetian fortress of Rethymnon.

Wine festival: In August, the Cretan Wine Festival comes to Rethymnon. A favourite summertime event, the festival includes dance, music and celebrations in addition to tasting lots of Cretan wine in the sunny streets of the resort. The ticket price includes unlimited wine tasting.

Rethymnon weather

Temperature: Average of 28°C in summer.

Best time to visit: Sun-worshippers will love the weather in June and July.

Rethymnon enjoys hot, Mediterranean summers. Temperatures stay in the sunny mid to late 20s (°C) between June and September, reaching towards 30°C during the months of July and August.

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