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.
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.
Book a holiday to Rethymnon to experience one of Crete’s most beautiful Renaissance cities, home to a Venetian fortress and golden beaches.
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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.
While Rethymnon’s reputation might be for stunning architecture and ancient charm, it boasts one of the best bits of Crete’s coastline too. The beach is over 10km long, with powder-soft sands that shelve gently into the Mediterranean: perfect for families with little ones or swimmers who need to build up their confidence. With the promenade providing everything from snacks to meals and bars selling tipples of every variety, it’s easy to spend a day soaking up the sun. The beach is regularly patrolled by lifeguards, so younger visitors can splash about in safety, while frazzled parents can relax on the sun loungers or under the shade of a beach umbrella. There’s a good variety of water sports on offer, near the harbour, too.
There are plenty of sites to explore on your holidays to Rethymnon. The old town is a delightful labyrinth of old churches and architecture dating from the Venetian era to the Ottoman Empire. In among the colourful, cobbled backstreets, you’ll find tiny cafes, interesting craft shops and market stalls. For a real taste of the history of the area, head to the Venetian Fortezza, the ancient fortress that looms across the town; it gives an incredible insight into the town’s past and some beautiful views across the coast.
For such an apparently sleepy seaside town, there’s a surprisingly strong nightlife scene. The harbour hosts a range of restaurants and tavernas, where you can sample traditional Cretan cuisine and some of the freshest fish you’ll ever taste! The harbourside cafés are typically chilled out, with locals sipping coffee and indulging in lengthy games of backgammon. For a livelier scene, head into town to find some excellent nightclubs and welcoming bars.