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.
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.
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