Rethymno was originally built during the Minoan civilization ancient Rhithymna and Arsinoe The city was prominent enough

to mint its own coins and maintain urban growth. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town:

two dolphins in a circle

The explorer Rethymno is mode by an inhabitant of THE TOWN THEREFORE WE PRESENT YOU places that the locals go. We have designed routes to make it easier for you. The places which will help your orientation is the Marina, the town hall, the port, the statue of the unknown soldier and the public garden. We also like trips that’s why we made EXPLORER Trust the guide as well as the places we propose.


It’s been one century, since a group of people from Rethymno – with optimistic mood and open heart to every pleasant challenge – decides to put some colour to the everyday life of the city, during the Carnival season.

So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!



The organizers and the Municipality of the oldest Venetian city invite you to the biggest summer festival of Crete  to the very heart of the island, to the beautiful city of Rethymno


The municipality of Rethymno has created the Renaissance Festival and has been supporting it for the last 20 year. The Renaissance festival has become an inspired and spiritual art event.
Every summer the festival inspires us with music and colorful images of the past. Hundreds of artists from all over the world gather each year in Rethymno to participate in the festival with theatrical, music and dance performances, art exhibitions ect.
We are inviting you to share with us the magic of this unique cultural event in our renaissance city.







Arkadi Monastery It was probably built in the 12th century. This Sacred Monastery is a symbol of freedom for Cretans




This Venetian castle is until this day a trademark of Rethymno and for years it has been hosting plays, music and dance events, but also painting exhibitions, conferences and film shows. The castle is uninhabited and the most important buildings in it are constantly renovated. Take the chance to make a walk in the castle and enjoy the panoramic view of Rethymno from above and of the deep blue Cretan sea.
Info tel.: 28310 28101
opening hours: daily
June-September: 08:00-19:15, October-May: 10:00-17:00
Tickets: 4€, 3€ for senior citizens aged over 65 years old and free for the disabled.


Museum of ancient Eleutherna

This is the first archaeological site museum in Crete and the fourth largest in Greece, a modern, plain, two-storied edifice on a hillside, sunlit, with courtyards with local plants.

Visitors enter from the decorated with columns atrium, in halls accommodating the town’s history since 3000 B.C. till 1300 A.D. with everyday life objects and works of art-

masterpieces from Prehistory, the geometric, archaic, classic, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine years. Pots, sculptures, figurines, copper, gold, and iron objects are


The findings of the Orthi Petra necropolis’ excavations are particularly important since they depict Homer’s world: the ritual of funeral pyres described in the “Iliad”, especially Patroclus’ funeral pyre. 

Also, a society of heroic warriors and imperious princesses is outlined.

The museum’s emblematic exhibits are accompanied by special films and screenings.



Rethymnon prefecture lies on the western side of Crete  between the prefectures of Chania and Heraklion.




Find out everything about your holidays in Rethymno on our travel guide!

Rethymno Beach Sofokli Venizelou

3 minutes 750 meters from the city centre

Long sandy beach with cafés bars hotels

restaurants rooms to let water sports



Rethymnon is one of the most beautiful places in Crete.



Plakias Beaches Rural road Rethymno Agia Galini and rural road Koxares  Monastery Preveli signs Plakias Beach 35.2 km  45 minutes  




Preveli Beach 35 km south of Rethymno east of Plakias known as Preveli Lake or Finikas 



Preveli Monastery During the German Occupation, the monks put their lives in danger to keep the allies who fought in the Battle of Crete safe
Preveli is also known for the Holy Cross which is associated with many miracles. It was donated by Abbot Ephraim Prevelis. It contains particles of the Holy Wood.



Platanias Beach 4 km 9 minutes from the city centre




Bali Tourist Resort 33 km 35 minutes from the North Road Axis of Crete National Road Rethymnon Heraklion  



Panormo Tourist resort 25 minutes from Rethymnon National Road Rethymnon Heraklion