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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.

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

Dimitrios Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 80m from the beach
  • Choice of two bars and one restaurant
  • Swimming pool and whirlpool

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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

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Based on 616 reviews

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Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Ideon Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Super location near the Old Town
  • Comfortable rooms
  • 600m to the beach

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Based on 519 reviews

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SENTIDO Aegean Pearl

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

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Based on 707 reviews

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Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Camari Gardens

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Popular with families and couples
  • Hillside location with sea views
  • Just 300m away from a small rocky cove

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Based on 558 reviews

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Astali Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Family-run hotel
  • 5 mins to the beach
  • Free Wi-Fi

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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.

RETHYMNON IS BEST FOR...

Sightseers: This destination is full of Crete’s rich history. Visit the Venetian Fortezza fortress, explore the sacred Arkadi Monastery, or visit the ancient, Minoan cemetery at Armeni.

Beach lovers: The town boasts one of the most unspoilt beaches in Crete, with powder-soft sands and a gently-shelving shore; perfect for families and sun worshippers.

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


FAST FACTS

Language: While, the primary language spoken is Greek, many of the locals have a good command of English. Pack a phrasebook to show off your language skills!

Currency: You’ll need to change up your Sterling for Euros, before jetting off on your holidays.

Local time: Three 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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average of 29°C, between June and August.

Best time to visit: There’s rarely a bad time to take holidays to Rethymnon. The summer months see the mercury hovering in the high twenties and peaking in the low thirties. The months either side are best if you want lower temperatures and fewer crowds. Between March and May, you can expect the climate to be dry and in the mid-twenties; ideal for sightseeing. From September to November, there’s an increased chance of rain, but it’s still very warm, although not as sweltering as mid-summer!


GETTING AROUND

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 an 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. Do remember that Cretans drive on the right and overtake on the left.


EVENTS

Renaissance festival: There’s no better way to take in Rethymnon’s culture than with a visit to the Renaissance Arts Festival. Taking place each August, the festival attracts actors, dancers, poets, musicians and artists from across the globe. Hundreds of people flock to the open-air Erofili Theatre, set within the Venetian Fortezza fortress. Expect dazzling performances celebrating every aspect of European Renaissance.

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.


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