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Weather and climate

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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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

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

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

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.