Explorer Rethymno

 Charming and picturesque the town of Rethymno is the capital of the prefecture. During the visit in the city the visitor gets impressed by its special physiognomy. The Venetian and Turkish monuments, the well preserved old houses and the old neighborhoods, reveal all the rich history of the place and the heavy legacy of the town. Take a tour at the FortFortezza and the other monuments. Visit the remarkable churches dating from the times of Byzantium. The nearby beaches are beautiful. The vast beach of Rethymno, with its golden sand and clear water brings many people for a dive in its crystal clear waters. It is organized and there is a potential for water sports.   Apart from the sights and the natural beauties   Rethymno is famous for its intense night life. Start your evening in a tavern in the city, trying the Cretan recipes. Then have fun listening to live music. The sound of the lyre will fascinate and Cretan dances will take you off. If you prefer more modern rhythms, many city bars operate with foreign and Greek music, for fun until the morning ...

The lake of Preveli is beautiful and the most impressive natural attraction of the island. Located on the south side of the county at a distance of 38km. from the town and very close to the historic Monastery of Preveli.
The enchanting forest of palm trees leads to an exotic beach with golden sand. The landscape is really enchanting. It is a must for each visitor.

MONI Preveli
The monastery of Preveli ,founded in the 16th century, played an important role in Cretan Revolution and in particular the revolution of 1866, being the center of the rebels. It took its name from the river which decorates Preveli  with a  small gorge, a protected natural forest, waterfalls, mountains and abeautiful bay with palm trees.
In recent years it has gained great reputation as the region grows rapidly. The hotels, the rooms and the trade of any kind, transform Plakia into a cosmopolitan resort, located at a distance of 35 km south of Rethymnon.
The beautiful beaches of the region bordering the Libyan Sea will give you unforgettable hours of peace and entertainment.

The area of Panormo has been inhabited since ancient times. The current site is built in the same position that was the ancient town.
Located in the north-eastern side of the county at a distance of 20 km from the city,it combines the traditional lifestyle with modern pleasures.
Spili is a mountain village located northwest of the prefecture and is 27klm. from the town of Rethymno. According to the tradition Spili is named after the many caves that exist on themountain Voridis. In the same mountain have been found traces of ancient paths. It is famous for the many wells of running water. The village square with its tall trees will impress you with the fountain twenty five lion heads fountains from which the crystal waters of the sources flow.

Agia Galini is one of the many popular tourist resorts of Rethymno. Located southeast of Rethymnon 56 km away from town, the infrastructure of the region has nothing to be jealous from any modern resort. According to the local tradition, the area owes its name to a Stop Eudokia Queen of Byzantium. It is said that the queen once fell into the sea while travelling and asked the Virgin to calm the sea. Her prayer was heard and the place which the storm was lulled,  was named Agia Galini.


It is the most famous village in the prefecture of Rethymno. It lies 52 km from the city. It is a traditional village where the Cretan tradition remains alive. You can experience it by the people’s, appearance and their behavior. Anogeian people are typical of their black shirts. Known as “ mafropoukamisades” Cretans are therefore distinguished for their warm feelings. You will cherries abundant raki and a snack of the local cuisine. The heavy accent of the locals, especially when the shrill sound of the lyre starts to dress the ‘mantinades’ of the locals who are always ready ready to feast will certainly give you a taste of the best of Crete.

In 44chlm distance. from the city across the two settlements Upper and Lower Rodakino , the lush vegetation of the area and the beautiful landscapes will give you unique photos for your holiday album. The view to the Libyan Sea is unique.
From the Upper Peach you can reach the beach of Korakas. This is a magnificent golden sandy organised beach.  .

Amari is a small overgrown village that is 40 km from the city. It is worth the visit as there is the intangible historic abbey and the church of St Anna and St Friday.

The Turkish Pasha in Rethymnon decided to suppress the revolution. Thus began the pressures, threats and attacks, until the heroic and 7th day of November 1866.
The Turks, outnumbered tremendously, managed to enter the monastery by a single hit with a canon at the main entrance. The abbot Gabriel gathered the women and children in baroutapothiki... When the Turks arrived in the front door of the baroutapothikis Kostantis Giampoudakis shot the pistole and the monastery together with Greeks and Turks exploded. In addition 114 people were captured, of which 4 were released, others were killed. The Arkadi press the Turks but never gave in.
     The main entrance of Arkadi is rebuilt, the baroutapothiki is still blackened, while the icons, frescoes and the part that was saved from the burnt temple which depicts the resurrection are in the Museum of the monastery.

It is a traditional village of Crete, between the prefectures of Rethymnon and Chania. It lies 14 km from Rethymno and 40 km from Chania. It is a village with its own beauty, beautiful sights at short distances and a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters, which spreads to a great length.
The picturesque narrow streets of the village, offer for beautiful walks and the mind travels in other seasons, as the traditional architecture of houses and buildings of the village has not changed by modern techniques and interference.

Walking in the streets of the village, you will find beautiful churches, Icon in accordance with the style of the Cretan School.
Argiroupoli is 27 km from Rethymno and is located at the old national road Rethymnon - Chania. The village is built on the site of the ancient Lappas and combines rare natural beauty and history. The small picturesque waterfalls, the running water and the dense vegetation are the characteristics of the landscape. In the village square there is the church of St. John, built in the 17th century, next to the folklore museum where the visitor has the opportunity to see folk art, clothing, tools and utensils used in the past.
Traditional village which is 4 km north-east from the end near where a cave is existing which is very importantfor its archaeological and historical interest.

In 1824 as the locals say, hundreds of Cretans - mostly women and children –in order to be  saved by the army by Hussein Pasha, who, when he saw that they did not respond to his calls for a peaceful surrender, , put fire and killed.everybody.
Ideon Andron
Ideon Andron.is a  known cave on the west side of the plateau in Nidas Psiloritis, at an altitude of 1500 m. The cave is known as the SpiliaraNidasCave and the shephards. It was the ancient center of worship of Jupiter.



Patsos is the first village on the road to the valley of Amari. The gorge is considered by botanists equivalent to Samaria Gorge.
Church of Panagia Kardiotissa
Here are the Monastery of the Virgin of Antifonitrias and interesting Byzantine church of Panagia Kardiotissa with preserved frescoes of the twelfth century. The church has cruciform architecture with a large cylindrical dome and a large front vestibule. The splint is arched and is also painted.


Rethymno is one of the most well-preserved Venetian old towns on the island of Crete.

Rethymno town is a rare combination of history and modern-day luxury, with its venetian-era Fortezza and old town, tropical beaches and exquisite Cretan cuisine

10 Basic Greek Phrases






Καλημέρα (Kalimera)

Good morning


Guten Tag

Доброе утро

Γεια (Ya)








Au revoir


до свидания



Thank you




Σ’αγαπώ (Sagapo)

I love you

Je t’aime

Ich liebe dich

Я тебя люблю

Ναι (Ne)





Όχι (Ochi)





Πώς σε λένε;

(Pos se lene)

What’s your name?

Comment tu t’appelles?

Wie heißt du?

Как Вас зовут?

Σ’ υγεία




ваше здоровье

Καλή όρεξη (Kali orexi)

Enjoy your meal

Bon appétit

Guten Appetit

Приятного аппетита


Explorer Rethymno 2018