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Holidays in Rethymnon

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.

15-28 °C

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

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Approximately four hours

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.

Recommended offers in Rethymnon

SENTIDO Aegean Pearl

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Own section of beach
  • Wellness centre
  • 100m from bars and shops

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 796 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

SENTIDO Pearl Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 10 & 11 nights available
  • Ideal for couples and singles
  • Across the road from Blue Flag beach

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 691 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Ideon Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Central location
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool waiter service

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 622 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

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.

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HOLIDAYS IN RETHYMNON


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