Rethymno Holidays

 

Welcome to Rethymno!

  • Rethymno: 11 Years of Exploration

  • About the Author

  • My name is Matthaios Matthaioudakis, a photographer and creator of the tourist guide "Rethymno: 11 Years of Exploration".

  • For the 11th consecutive year, I am delighted to present to you this guide, filled with images, information and suggestions for exploring the beautiful city of Rethymno.

  • As a lover of Crete, I have dedicated many years to capturing the beauty and rich culture of the island. My travelogues have been featured on television and have reached thousands of viewers, bringing Crete to their homes.

  • My goal with this guide is to help you discover the hidden gems of Rethymno, feel the atmosphere of the city and live authentic experiences.

  • I wish you an unforgettable journey!

  • A Few Words about Rethymno

  • Rethymno is the third largest city in Crete and is built on hills overlooking the Cretan Sea.

  • The city retains the charm of the old town with its Venetian walls, narrow streets and traditional houses.

  • In Rethymno you will find a multitude of sights, such as the Fortezza Fortress, the Loggia, the Old Town, the Museum of Contemporary Art and many more.

  • The city is famous for its rich gastronomy, with traditional dishes and fresh ingredients.

  • Rethymno is an ideal destination for relaxation, but also for activities such as hiking, cycling and swimming.

  • What You Will Find in This Guide:

  • Information about the sights of Rethymno

  • Suggestions for accommodation, food and nightlife

  • Maps and useful information

  • Ideas for excursions in the wider area

  • Photos from the most beautiful spots of Rethymno

  • How to Use This Guide:

  • You can read the guide from start to finish, or select the chapters that interest you.

  • Use the index to quickly find the information you are looking for.

  • Note the pages with the places you want to visit.

  • Do not hesitate to ask the locals for more information.

  • I wish you a wonderful trip to Rethymno!

  • Additional Information:

  • The guide is available in English and Greek.

  • You can also purchase the guide in printed form from bookstores in Rethymno.

  • I hope you find this guide useful and informative. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

  • Thank you for choosing Rethymno as your holiday destination!

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  • Rethymno, a beautiful city in Crete, invites you to discover its rich history, culture and unparalleled beauty. Built at the foot of Mount Psiloritis, overlooking the Cretan Sea, Rethymno captivates visitors with its picturesque streets, Venetian buildings, traditional villages and endless sandy beaches.

  • The history of Rethymno is full of ups and downs. The city was founded by the Minoans and flourished during the Classical and Roman periods. Later, it was conquered by the Byzantines, the Arabs and the Venetians, who left their mark on the city's architecture and culture. In 1645, Rethymno fell into the hands of the Ottomans, until the liberation of Crete in 1898.

  • Today, Rethymno is a popular tourist destination offering visitors a variety of activities and attractions. You can wander around the old town, visit the Venetian fortress, relax on the beautiful beaches, taste the traditional Cretan cuisine and experience the welcoming local culture.

  • Whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday or an adventurous one, Rethymno has something to offer everyone.

  • We welcome you to explore the city and create unforgettable memories!

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Photos from Rethymno:
1. Venetian Fortress:

Photo of the Venetian Fortress in Rethymno:

This impressive fortress stands on top of the hill and offers panoramic views of the city and the Cretan Sea. It was built by the Venetians in the 16th century and is one of the most important monuments of the city.

  • Old Town:

  • Photo of the Old Town in Rethymno:

  • The Old Town of Rethymno is a labyrinth of picturesque streets, with traditional houses, Venetian mansions, and charming shops. Take some time to get lost in the alleys and discover its hidden gems.

3. Harbor Rethymno :
Photo of the Harbor in Rethymno:

The picturesque harbor of Rethymno is full of fish taverns, cafes, and bars. Here you can enjoy fresh fish, have a coffee, or relax with a drink, overlooking the sailboats and yachts.
 

Beaches:
Photo of a beach in Rethymno:

Rethymno is known for its beautiful beaches. Sandy or pebbled, organized or secluded, the beaches of Rethymno satisfy all tastes.

  • Nature:

  • Rethymno is not just about the sea. The region boasts beautiful landscapes, with mountains, gorges, and caves. Ideal for hiking, cycling, and exploring.

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  • Starting the Tour of the Old Town of Rethymno:

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  • Welcome to the tour of the beautiful Old Town of Rethymno!

  • I warmly wish you an unforgettable experience full of images, stories, and emotions.

  • As we pass through the Guora Gate, we leave behind the modern world and immerse ourselves in a magical journey through time. Our footsteps echo through the cobbled streets, while our eyes are captivated by the picturesque houses, the Venetian mansions, and the centuries-old monuments.

  • I encourage you to open your senses and surrender to the atmosphere. Let's smell the flowers on the balconies, listen to the sounds of everyday life, touch the stone walls full of stories.

  • During the tour, we will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the most important sights of the Old Town

  • Wander through the picturesque streets and get lost in their charm.

  • Learn about the rich history of Rethymno, from antiquity to the present day.

  • Taste traditional Cretan flavors in picturesque taverns.

  • Buy handmade souvenirs and authentic Cretan products.

  • I am at your disposal to answer any questions you may have and help you live a unique experience in Rethymno.

  • Let's get started!

  • First Point:

  • Guora Gate (Great Gate)

  • This imposing gate, built in 1566-1568, was the main entrance to the city's fortified wall during the Venetian period.

  • Tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the tour includes walking

  • I wish you an interesting and unforgettable tour of the Old Town of Rethymno!

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  • Guora Gate (Great Gate):

  • History:

  • The Guora Gate, also known as the Great Gate, is the central entrance to the Venetian fortifications of the city of Rethymno. It was built during the years of "Rettore Jocopo Guoro" (1566-1568), from whom it took its name.

  • The gate was the main entrance to the city during the Venetian period. A part of the gate with an opening of 2.60 meters is preserved, formed by carved stones with beveled edges. They create a semicircular arch at the top.

  • How to get there:

  • The gate is located at the beginning of Ethnikis Antistaseos Street, in the city center.

  • You can get there on foot, by bus, or by taxi.

  • Useful information:

  • Admission to the gate is free.

  • There is a tourist kiosk next to the gate with information about the city.

  • There are many cafes, restaurants, and shops in the area.

  • Additional details:

  • The gate is made of limestone and is decorated with the lion of Saint Mark, the symbol of Venice.

  • The gate is a popular tourist destination and is a great place to learn about the history of Rethymno.

  • There are several cafes and restaurants near the gate, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a meal.

  • I hope you enjoy your visit to the Guora Gate!

  • Continuing on Ethnikis Antistaseos Street:

  • As we walk down Ethnikis Antistaseos Street, we meet Agios Frangiskos Street on our left. At this point, let's take a break to explore some of the sights in the area:

  • 1. Archaeological Museum of Rethymno:

  • Housed in the Venetian monastery of Agios Frangiskos, the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno houses a rich collection of archaeological finds from the Rethymno area, dating from the prehistoric period to late antiquity.

  • 2. Gate to the Square of Asia Minor Greeks:

  • Continuing on Agios Frangiskos Street, you will find a gate with a double door. This gate leads to the Square of Asia Minor Greeks, a picturesque square with cobblestones and shady trees.

  • Rethymno: "A City with a Rich History and Monuments that Speak"

  • Gate with Double Doorway in Rethymno: Symbol of the Meeting of Cultures

  • Description:

  • The photo depicts an impressive gate in the city of Rethymno, which is a unique example of a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman architecture. The gate has a double doorway:

  • Inner Doorway:

  • Of Venetian origin, with elegant construction and elaborate sculptures.

  • The lions of Venice, symbols of the Serenissima Republic, stand out.

  • Outer Doorway:

  • Of Ottoman addition, with simple construction and pointed arches.

  • It bears the emblems of the Ottoman Empire.

  • History:

  • The gate dates back to the 16th century, when Rethymno was under Venetian rule. The existence of a double doorway reflects the change of cultural domination in the city.

  • Venetians:

  • Built the inner doorway, leaving their mark on the city's architecture.

  • Ottomans:

  • Added the outer doorway, incorporating elements of their own artistic tradition.

  • Significance:

  • The gate is a living monument to the eventful history of Rethymno. It symbolizes the peaceful coexistence and the interactive nature of the different cultures that have left their mark on the city.

  • "This impressive architectural specimen testifies to the rich history of Rethymno. The double doorway, with its Venetian and Ottoman elements, is a unique testimony to the interaction of different cultures. It is worth stopping and admiring the elaborate sculptures and emblems, feeling the pulse of the past centuries."

  • Rethymno Archaeological Museum:
  • Housed in the Venetian monastery of Agios Frangiskos, the Rethymno Archaeological Museum houses a rich collection of archaeological finds from the Rethymno area, dating from the prehistoric period to late antiquity.
  • Church of Agios Frangiskos:
  • This impressive Gothic church, built in the 13th century, stands out in the Old Town of Rethymno. The doorway of the church is decorated with a key in the shape of an artichoke, a symbol of Saint Francis, the protector of the poor. Inside the church, traces of Muslim symbols can be seen, testifying to the period of Ottoman rule.
  • Today, the Church of Agios Frangiskos temporarily houses the Rethymno Archaeological Museum, offering visitors an exciting experience that combines religious art, historical monuments, and archaeological finds.
  • Information:
  • Area: Old Town of Rethymno
  • Opening hours: According to the opening hours of the Rethymno Archaeological Museum
  • Ticket: Required for entry to the museum
  • Website: https://www.archmuseumreth.gr/
  • Tip:
  • It is worth taking the time to wander around the church and get lost in the picturesque streets of the Old Town.
  • Don't miss:
  • Take a close look at the various features of the church, such as the artichoke-shaped key, the Muslim symbols, and the sculptures.
  • Take photos of the places that impress you.
  • Learn more about the history of the church and Rethymno.
  • Whether you are interested in history, art, religion, or simply want to explore a picturesque place, the Church of Agios Frangiskos is definitely worth a visit!
  • Additional details:
  • The church is located in the heart of the Old Town, near the Venetian Fortezza.
  • There are several cafes and restaurants near the church, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a meal.
  • I hope you enjoy your visit to the Church of Agios Frangiskos and the Rethymno Archaeological Museum!
  • The Turkish School: A Historical Testimony in the Square of Asia Minor 

  • In the heart of the Square of Asia Minor , a historic building stands out, the Turkish School, also known as the 1st Elementary School of Rethymno. Built in 1890, it is the oldest surviving school building in the city and testifies to its rich and multicultural heritage.

  • Initially, it functioned as an Ottoman girls' school, offering education to girls in the Turkish language, sewing, tailoring, and domestic arts. The teaching of the Greek language was done by Greek teachers, while the management was exercised by a Muslim woman.

  • Today, the building houses the 1st Elementary School of Rethymno, keeping the educational tradition alive. Its neoclassical architecture, with its imposing arches and elaborate decorative elements, is an impressive example of the Ottoman period.

  • Points of interest:

  • The marble inscription at the entrance, dated 1795, testifies to the foundation of the oldest school.

  • The Neratze Mosque:

  • A Testimony to the Polyglot History of Rethymno

  • In the heart of the old town of Rethymno, stands the monumental building of the Neratze Mosque, a charming blend of architectural styles that testifies to the rich and eventful history of the city.

  • Originally built in the 16th century, it served as a Catholic monastery of the Augustinian order, bearing the name Santa Maria. After the Ottoman conquest of Rethymno in 1645, the monastery was converted into a mosque, known as the Gazi Hussein Pasha Mosque or Neratze, a name that owes to the orange groves ("nerantzia" in Greek) that surrounded the area.

  • Sights:

  • The impressive architecture of the building, with elements of Gothic and Renaissance style, is a magnet for visitors.

  • The monumental entrance with the pointed arch and the elaborate sculptural decoration attracts the eye.

  • Tips:

  • It is worth taking the time to explore the Neratze Mosque, not only for its architectural value, but also to touch the atmosphere of different historical periods.

  • You can combine your visit with a walk in the picturesque streets of the old town of Rethymno.

  • For more information, you can visit the website of the Municipality of Rethymno.

  • The Neratze Mosque is a unique monument, an irrefutable testament to the diverse history of Rethymno. A visit to it offers an exciting experience for lovers of history and architecture.

  • Additional details:

  • The mosque is located in the heart of the old town, near the Venetian Fortezza.

  • There are several cafes and restaurants near the mosque, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a meal.
    I hope you enjoy your visit to the Neratze Mosque!

  • Take a walk in the Square of Asia Minor Greeks and enjoy your coffee or meal in one of the picturesque cafes or restaurants.

  • Buy souvenirs from the traditional shops in the area.

  • Continuing the tour:

  • From the Square of Asia Minor Greeks, you can continue your tour of the Old Town of Rethymno. Follow the picturesque streets and let yourself be enchanted by the city.

  • Trust Explorer Rethymno for your shopping!

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  • Choose the shops that Explorer Rethymno recommends!

  • Why trust Explorer Rethymno:

  • Careful selection: We have researched and selected only the best shops for you.

  • Variety: Find everything from traditional Cretan products to clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs.

  • Quality: Choose from high-quality products from local producers and renowned brands.

  • Authenticity: Experience the authentic Rethymno experience through the unique products offered by our shops.

  • Friendly service: Enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere offered by the shop owners.

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  • Whether you are looking for the perfect souvenir, a unique gift, or simply want to get lost in the picturesque streets of Rethymno, the Explorer Rethymno shops are waiting for you!

  • Trust us for an unforgettable shopping experience!

  • Here are some additional tips for shopping in Rethymno:

  • Bargain: Don't be afraid to bargain with shop owners, especially in the traditional markets.

  • Ask for recommendations: Ask your hotel or local people for recommendations on where to shop.

  • Be aware of the opening hours: Many shops in Rethymno close for a few hours in the afternoon.

  • Pay with cash: Some shops may not accept credit cards.

  • I hope you enjoy your shopping in Rethymno!

  • The Rimondi Fountain: A Historical Fountain in Petichaki Square

  • In the heart of Rethymno city, in the picturesque Petichaki Square, stands the Rimondi Fountain, a monument with a rich history and unparalleled charm. Built in 1926 by the then governor of Rethymno, Rimondi, the fountain is an impressive example of marble art.

  • In the center of the fountain, the Rimondi monogram dominates, framed by three lion heads from which cool water flows. On the walls of the fountain, the Turks later added arabesques, giving the monument a unique blend of East and West.

  • Explore the history:

  • Date: 1926

  • Donor: Rimondi, Governor of Rethymno

  • Style: Marble art with a blend of East and West

  • Elements:

  • Rimondi monogram

  • 3 lion heads

  • Arabesques

  • Worth noticing:

  • The intricate carving on the walls of the fountain.

  • The cool water that flows from the lion heads.

  • The atmospheric location in Petichaki Square.

  • The Rimondi Fountain is a landmark in the city of Rethymno. An ideal place to cool off, get lost in the stories of the past and enjoy the beauty of Cretan tradition.

  • Add it to your tour:

  • Cool off with the cool water that flows from the lions.

  • Take a photo of the monument and share its story on social media.

  • The Rimondi Fountain: A historical gem in Rethymno, waiting for you to discover it!

  • Additional details:

  • The fountain is located in the heart of the old town, near the Venetian Fortezza.

  • The fountain is open to the public 24 hours a day.

  • There are several cafes and restaurants near the fountain, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a meal.

  • I hope you enjoy your visit to the Rimondi Fountain!

  • Leaving behind the refreshing atmosphere of the Fountain,
  • We soon encounter an impressive building, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete.
  • The Leuteris Kanakakis Gallery: A Dive into Art

  • For art lovers, the Leuteris Kanakakis Gallery is a must-see in Rethymno. Housed in an impressive Venetian building, the gallery exhibits works by the leading Greek painter Leuteris Kanakakis, as well as works by other important artists.

  • What you can see:

  • Permanent collection: Includes representative works by Leuteris Kanakakis, from his early steps to his mature masterpieces.

  • Temporary exhibitions: Exhibitions of works by contemporary Greek and foreign artists are organized.

  • Educational programs: The gallery offers educational programs for children and adults.

  • Why to visit:

  • To get to know the work of one of the most important Greek painters.

  • To admire works of contemporary art.

  • To participate in educational programs and get to know the world of art.

  • Additional details:

  • The gallery is located in the heart of the old town of Rethymno, near the Venetian Fortezza.

  • Admission to the gallery is €6 for adults, €3 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.

  • The gallery is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

  • There are several cafes and restaurants near the gallery, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a meal.

  • I hope you enjoy your visit to the Leuteris Kanakakis Gallery!

  • Leaving the Gallery:
  • Leaving behind the rich collection of the Rethymno Municipal Gallery, we come across an impressive building, the Loggia.
  • The Loggia of Rethymno: A Timeless Monument

  • In the heart of the old town of Rethymno, at the intersection of Konstantinos Palaiologos and Arkadiou streets, stands the Loggia, a witness to a rich historical past. Built in the late 16th century, the Loggia served as a social center for the Venetian nobles.

  • Today, it continues to fascinate with its Renaissance architecture, attracting locals and visitors alike.

  • Architectural Aristocracy

  • The Loggia is a jewel of Renaissance art. Its facade is decorated with elaborate reliefs and imposing columns, highlighting the artistic sensitivity of the era.

  • A Space Steeped in History

  • During the Venetian period, the Loggia was the center of social and political life in Rethymno. It was the place where the city's rulers met, made decisions, and organized official events.

  • A Living Heritage

  • Today, the Loggia remains an important monument of the city, open to the public. Its timeless beauty and rich historical character make it a landmark for Rethymno.

  • From the Loggia to the Venetian Harbor Rethymno : A Walk Through Time

  • A few minutes' walk from the Loggia, leaving behind its elegant Renaissance architecture, we immerse ourselves in the charm of the Venetian Harbor. Our footsteps echo on the cobbled streets, while the salty breeze touches our face.

  • As if a map of time unfolds, our route connects two eras. The Loggia, a monument of the Venetian rule, stands proudly, while the harbor, with its picturesque taverns and sailing boats, carries an aura of modern cosmopolitan atmosphere.

  • Every turn, every alley, hides a story. Passing by old Venetian buildings, with their characteristic arches and balconies, we let our imagination run wild. We think of the Venetian nobles, the sailors, the merchants who once walked the same paths.

  • Arriving at the harbor, our eyes are captivated by the lighthouse, a testimony to the nautical tradition of Rethymno. The colorful fishing boats, swaying rhythmically in the waves, create a serene landscape.

  • Under the warm sun, we enjoy a refreshing drink in one of the picturesque cafes. Gazing at the sailing boats setting sail, we feel the freedom of the sea touching us.

  • The walk from the Loggia to the Venetian Harbor is not just a walk. It is a walk through time, an experience full of images, emotions and stories.

  • Tips:

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the route includes walking.

  • Buy souvenirs from the traditional shops at the harbor.

  • Try the Cretan cuisine in one of the picturesque taverns.

  • Take a boat trip to admire the coastline.

  • Enjoy your walk!

  • Here are some additional details:

  • The Venetian Harbor is located in the heart of the old town of Rethymno.

  • The harbor is surrounded by Venetian buildings, including the Loggia, the Rimondi Fountain, and the Venetian Fortezza.

  • The harbor is a popular tourist destination, with many restaurants, cafes, and shops.

  • The Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno: A Dive into Tradition

  • Housed in an impressive 17th-century Venetian building, the Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno is a must-see for any visitor who wants to experience the rich tradition of Crete.

  • Its halls are home to:

  • Over 8,000 objects, covering all aspects of everyday life in Crete from the 18th to the 20th century.

  • Traditional costumes, textiles and embroideries, agricultural tools, wood carvings, ceramics, jewelry and much more.

  • A rich collection of artworks, including paintings, prints and sculptures.

  • Discover the breathtaking views and capture unique moments!

  • The walk:

  • Start from the Venetian harbor and walk along the coastal road.

  • Enjoy the cool sea breeze and get lost in the blue waters of the Cretan Sea.

  • Climb the hill of the Fortezza and admire the panoramic view of the city.

  • Stop at the picturesque cafes and taverns to taste traditional Cretan flavors.

  • Continue your walk to the end of the coastal road, where you will find beautiful beaches to relax and swim.

  • Photos:

  • Take pictures with the Venetian harbor and the picturesque houses of the city in the background.

  • Capture the panoramic view from above, on the hill of the Fortezza.

  • Take pictures of the crystal clear waters and the pebbles on the beaches.

  • Ask someone to take a picture of you with the sunset view.

  • Tips:

  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the walk is quite long.

  • If you want to swim, bring a swimsuit and a towel.

  • Don't forget to bring your camera or phone to capture the beautiful scenery.

  • Enjoy your walk and get lost in the beauty of the landscape!

  • You can rent a bicycle to make your walk easier and faster.

  • The Kara Musa Mosque on Arkadiou Street

  • Located on Arkadiou Street, in the heart of the old town of Rethymno, the Kara Musa Mosque stands tall. Built in the 17th century, it is one of the most important monuments of the Ottoman period in the city.

  • History:

  • The mosque was built by the Ottoman governor Kara Musa Pasha, probably on the ruins of a Byzantine church.

  • It functioned as a mosque until 1923, after the liberation of Crete.

  • Today, the monument has been restored and hosts cultural events.

  • Architecture:

  • The mosque exhibits typical Ottoman architecture.

  • It has a square shape and an octagonal dome.

  • Its minaret, 25 meters high, is one of the landmarks of the city.

  • Importance:

  • The Kara Musa Mosque is an important monument of the Ottoman period in Rethymno.

  • It testifies to the rich history and multicultural character of the city.

  • Today, it is a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike.

  • Visiting:

  • The mosque is open to the public for guided tours by appointment.

  • Admission is free.

  • Tips:

  • Be sure to dress modestly when visiting.

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  • Fortezza: The Aerial Fortress of Rethymno

  • History:

  • The Fortezza was built by the Venetians, who ruled Crete from 1204 to 1669. The construction of the fortress began in 1573 and was completed about 10 years later. Designed by the Italian engineer Giulio Savorgnano, the fortress is a masterpiece of fortification architecture.

  • Description:

  • The Fortezza has a square shape and is surrounded by 15-meter high walls. At the four corners of the fortress there are bastions, which offered protection from enemy fire. Inside the fortress, various buildings still survive today, including the governor's residence, the church of St. Nicholas, barracks and warehouses.

  • Access:

  • The fortress can be easily reached on foot, walking through the picturesque streets of the old town. Admission to the fortress is free and you can visit it daily from morning to evening.

  • View:

  • From the top of the fortress, the view is magnificent. You can gaze at the city of Rethymno, the bay and the White Mountains in the background.

  • Activities:

  • The fortress hosts various events, such as concerts, theatrical performances and exhibitions. There is also a cafe in the fortress where you can enjoy your coffee with a view of the city.

  • Fortezza is one of the most important sights of Rethymno and is definitely worth a visit. Here, you will get to know up close an important part of the city's history and enjoy the panoramic view.

  • Additional Information:

  • You can combine your visit to the fortress with a walk in the old town of Rethymno, which is famous for its picturesque streets, traditional houses and Venetian monuments.

  • In Rethymno you will find a wide variety of accommodation, food and entertainment options.

  • Crete is a beautiful island with a rich history and many attractions. It is worth taking the time to explore the island and get to know the Cretan culture.

  • Exploring Rethymno: A Magical Walk

  • Starting from Eleftheriou Venizelou Street, with the imposing palm trees standing tall on either side, we let our steps lead us on a magical journey filled with sights and emotions.

  • Continuing on to Sofokli Venizelou Street, we encounter the endless blue embrace of the sandy beach. The sun reflects on the crystal clear waters, creating a play of light and colors that mesmerizes the eye.

  • Walking barefoot on the warm sand, we let the breeze caress our face and feel the serenity of the sea fill our soul.

  • As our walk reaches its end, at Platanias, we enjoy the coolness offered by the centuries-old plane trees. There, in one of the picturesque cafes, we can relax enjoying a refreshing drink and gazing at the endless blue.

  • This magical walk, full of sights, emotions and sensations, is a unique experience that will be forever etched in your memory.

  • We encourage you to discover it and surrender to the magic of Rethymno!

  • Tips:

  • You can take your walk early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the sun.

  • Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

  • You can stop for a swim at the beach.

  • We hope you have a wonderful time!

  • Petre and Episkopi: Two Pearls of Rethymno

  • In the heart of Crete, in the Rethymno prefecture, lie two enchanting beaches that promise unforgettable summer moments.

  • Petre: A peaceful corner with golden sand, crystal clear waters, and picturesque rocks. Ideal for relaxation, swimming, and exploring the seabed.

  • Episkopi: An endless sandy beach, both organized and unorganized, that offers everything you desire: sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports, beach bars, and taverns with fresh fish.

  • Why visit them:

  • Beautiful landscapes: Petre captivates with its turquoise waters and rocks, while Episkopi impresses with the expanse of its sandy beach and its cool scenery.

  • Suitable for everyone: Ideal for families with children, couples, and groups looking for relaxation or activities.

  • Rich choices: Possibility for swimming, windsurfing, water skiing, beach volley, beach bars, and delicious dishes in traditional taverns.

  • Easy access: Located close to Rethymno, accessible by car or bus.

  • Tips:

  • For a quieter experience, visit Petre early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

  • In Episkopi, you can rent water sports and enjoy refreshing cocktails in beach bars.

  • Try fresh fish in one of the traditional taverns.

  • Don't miss a walk in the picturesque alleys of the surrounding villages.

  • Petre and Episkopi: Two dream beaches that combine natural beauty, relaxation, and a multitude of choices. Get ready for an unforgettable journey on the coast of Rethymno!

Archaeological Museum of Eleutherna: Visitor Guide
Approaching the Museum:

The Museum is located near Rethymno, approximately 30 kilometers away. Access is easy by car or bus.
Free parking is available for cars and buses.
The road to the museum is paved and in good condition.
There is a pedestrian walkway from the parking area to the entrance of the museum, approximately 100 meters long.
The walkway is paved and has a ramp for people with disabilities.
Entrance and Interior:

For information about the ticketing policy, we recommend that you:
Visit the museum's website: https://mae.uoc.gr/
Contact the museum by phone: +30 2831 051270
The museum is air-conditioned and has an elevator for access to all levels.
The museum halls are spacious and bright.
The exhibits are placed at a suitable height for easy viewing.
Seating is available at various points in the museum.
There is a cafe on the ground floor of the museum.
Exhibits:

The museum houses finds from the ancient city of Eleutherna, dating from the 4th millennium BC to the 14th century AD.
The exhibits showcase the history, society, culture, and art of Eleutherna.
Of particular note is the "Monument 4A", one of the first memorials to the "unknown" soldier in world history.
The "Kore of Eleutherna" is also exhibited, a masterpiece of Daedalic sculpture.
Audiovisual materials are presented in the halls, which complement the exhibition.
Brochures and guided tours are available in Greek and English.
Recommendations:

Choose the morning or afternoon hours for your visit to avoid crowds.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

  • Rethymno: Historical charm, breathtaking views and stunning beaches

  • Your photo touches the heart of Cretan history, capturing Rethymno with the imposing Fortezza Fortress as a backdrop.

  • Walking through the alleys:

  • Visit the Rethymno Historical and Folklore Museum, with exhibits that highlight the rich tradition of Crete.

  • Visit the K. G. Kanakakis Museum of Modern Art, featuring works by important Greek artists.

  • Discover the picturesque old town with its Venetian buildings, traditional shops and charming taverns.

  • Visit the Venetian Harbour, the jewel of the city, with its Venetian walls and colorful houses.

  • See the Neratze Mosque, a monument of the Ottoman period, which now functions as an Odeon.

  • Visit the Historical Museum of Crete, housed in the church of St. Francis.

  • Gazing from above:

  • Climb the Fortezza, the Venetian fortress that dominates the city.

  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Rethymno, the Aegean Sea and the White Mountains.

  • Outside the city:

  • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Eleutherna, with exhibits from the important ancient city.

  • Visit the Arkadi Monastery, a monument of the Cretan Revolution of 1866.

  • Visit the Preveli Monastery, with its beautiful view of the gorge and the Kourtaliotis River.

  • Take a walk on the Preveli beach, with its palm tree and crystal clear waters.

  • Walk in the Myli Gorge, a beautiful route with rich vegetation.

  • Explore the Sfentoni Cave, with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

  • Visit the Melidoni Cave, with its crystal clear lake and archaeological treasures.

  • Discover the Caves of Zeus in Anogeia, with their myths and religious beliefs.

  • And of course, don't forget to relax on the beautiful beaches of Rethymno:

  • Rethymno Beach: One of the most famous beaches in Crete, with crystal clear waters and fine sand, ideal for relaxation and playing in the sand.

  • Preveli Beach: A beautiful beach with a palm tree and crystal clear waters.

  • Petre Beach: A quiet beach with pebbles and emerald waters, ideal for snorkeling.

  • Platanias Beach: A large sandy beach with beach bars, sunbeds and water sports.

  • Episkopi Beach: A beautiful beach with sand, beach bars, taverns, showers, cabins,

  • We wish you an unforgettable journey!

  • Lake Preveli: A hidden gem in Crete

  • Lake Preveli, also known as the Preveli Palm Forest, is one of the most popular destinations in the Rethymno region of Crete. It is a freshwater lake formed by the Kourtaliotis River, which flows into the Libyan Sea. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful palm forest, which consists of approximately 4,000 Theophrastus palms, an endemic species of palm tree found only in Crete.

  • Lake Preveli in Rethymno

  • Lake Preveli is an ideal destination for swimming, relaxing, and exploring nature. Visitors can swim in the cool waters of the lake, sunbathe on the sandy beach, or take a walk in the palm forest. There are also several hiking trails in the area, which offer stunning views of the lake and the surrounding landscape.

  • Lake Preveli is located approximately 35 kilometers south of the city of Rethymno. Access to the lake is easy by car or bus.

  • Here are some interesting facts about Lake Preveli:

  • The lake has an area of approximately 400 acres and an average depth of 10 meters.

  • The water temperature in the lake ranges from 18 to 24 degrees Celsius.

  • The Preveli Palm Forest is one of the largest palm forests in Europe.

  • Lake Preveli is a protected area under the Natura 2000 network.

  • If you are visiting Rethymno, Lake Preveli is a must-see destination. It is a place where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

  • Additional information:

  • How to get there:

  • The easiest way to get to Lake Preveli is by car. There is a small car park at the entrance to the lake. There are also several buses that run from Rethymno to the village of Preveli, which is located a short walk from the lake.

  • What to do:

  • There are many things to do at Lake Preveli. You can swim in the lake, sunbathe on the beach, take a walk in the palm forest, or go for a hike in the surrounding mountains. There are also several tavernas and cafes near the lake where you can enjoy a meal or a drink.

  • Where to stay:

  • There are several hotels and apartments near Lake Preveli. If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, there are also several campsites in the area.

  • Tips:

  • The best time to visit Lake Preveli is early in the morning or late in the afternoon, as it can get very crowded in the middle of the day.

  • Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, as there is very little shade near the lake.

  • If you are planning on going for a hike, be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water with you.

  • I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Sfentoni Cave: A hidden gem in Crete

  • Sfentoni Cave is located in the village of Zoniana, in the Mylopotamos municipality, Rethymno prefecture, Crete. It is about 40 kilometers from Heraklion and 50 kilometers from Rethymno.

  • Sfentoni Cave

  • The cave is one of the most beautiful and richly decorated caves in Crete. It was discovered in 1967 and opened to the public in 1982.

  • Sfentoni Cave has a total length of 145 meters and an area of approximately 3,000 square meters. It consists of 7 chambers, which are decorated with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

  • Sfentoni Cave

  • Some of the most impressive chambers of the cave are:

  • The Throne Room, which was named after a stalagmite that resembles a throne.

  • The Hall of Lakes, which has 3 small lakes.

  • The Hall of Organs, which has stalactites that resemble musical instruments.

  • The Hall of the Nymph, which has a stalactite that resembles a nymph.

  • Sfentoni Cave is a unique attraction worth visiting. It is a place where you can admire the beauty of nature and learn about the history of Crete.

  • Sfentoni Cave

  • Visiting information:

  • The cave is open to the public from 9:00 to 17:00, from April to October.

  • Admission costs 6 euros for adults and 3 euros for children.

  • The guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.

  • There is a WC available in the cave.

  • How to get there:

  • By car: The cave is located 40 kilometers from Heraklion and 50 kilometers from Rethymno. There is a road leading to the cave and there is parking space.

  • By bus: There are buses that run from Heraklion and Rethymno to the village of Zoniana. From the village of Zoniana, there is a path leading to the cave (about 20 minutes walk).

  •  Ideon Andron is located on the slopes of Mount Ida, at the foothills of the village of Anogeia. It is known as the Cave of Idaean Zeus and stands as a monument to Cretan nature and history.
  • Cretan Traditional Costume:

  • A Heritage of Beauty and Tradition:

  • Cretan traditional costume is an integral part of the folklore and cultural heritage of Crete. It is characterized by its diversity, rich decoration, and impeccable tailoring, all of which testify to the Cretan people's craftsmanship and artistic spirit.

  • Women's attire:

  • Consists of a hand-embroidered shirt with intricate patterns, a wide-legged trouser called "zipoúnari" or "salvári", and an outer vest called "ependýtis" made of wool or silk.

  • Complemented by an apron, headscarf, belt, and embroidered sleeves.

  • Varies according to the region and social class.

  • Men's attire:

  • Includes "vraka" (breeches), a shirt, a vest, a belt, a headscarf, and "salvári".

  • In mountainous areas, the "fustanella" (pleated skirt) is worn, while in urban centers, the "vraka" is replaced by the "gέta" (tight-fitting breeches).

  • Complemented by boots, a knife at the waist, and a "kapóto" (cloak).

  • Social significance:

  • Cretan traditional costume carries memories of the island's rich history and traditions.

  • Associated with important life events such as weddings, baptisms, and festivals.

  • A symbol of pride and identity for the Cretan people.

  • Today:

  • Cretan traditional costume is worn at traditional events, festivals, and celebrations.

  • Preserved through the efforts of organizations and associations.

  • A source of inspiration for contemporary artists and fashion designers.

  • Conclusion:

  • Cretan traditional costume, with its unparalleled beauty and rich history, stands as a living monument to the culture of Crete.

  • Cretan Food Festival: A Celebration of Flavors and Tradition

  • Every year, Rethymno transforms into a gastronomical paradise, hosting the Cretan Food Festival. A celebration that praises the healthy and delicious Cretan cuisine, showcasing the local products and the rich tradition of the island.

  • Flavors and aromas:

  • A multitude of exhibitors present the pure and exquisite products of the Cretan land: olive oil, wine, cheese, honey, cold cuts, herbs, and many more. Visitors have the opportunity to taste traditional recipes, cooked with passion by local chefs, and learn the secrets of the Cretan diet.

  • Events and activities:

  • In parallel with the culinary delights, the Cretan Food Festival includes a variety of events. Cooking seminars, lectures, musical and dance performances, documentary screenings, and children's games make up a rich program for every interest.

  • A unique experience:

  • The Cretan Food Festival is a unique experience for those who want to experience authentic Crete. A celebration that combines flavors, aromas, tradition, and culture, offering visitors an unforgettable experience.

  • Information:

  • Organized by: Municipality of Rethymno, Region of Crete - Regional Unit of Rethymno, Chamber of Rethymno

  • Period: July

  • Location: Municipal Garden of Rethymno

  • Website: http://www.cretan-nutrition.gr/wp/?lang=en

  • We invite you to participate in the Cretan Food Festival and discover the rich world of Cretan cuisine!

  • Arkadi Monastery: Symbol of Sacrifice and Spirituality

  • Historical Significance:

  • Located on the foothills of Mount Psiloritis, 23 km southeast of Rethymno.

  • Founded in the 16th century and played a significant role in the Cretan Revolution of 1866.

  • On November 8, 1866, 950 men, women, and children, after an 11-day siege, chose death over surrender to the Ottomans.

  • Their sacrifice in the Holocaust of Arkadi became a symbol of heroism and self-sacrifice for the Greek people.

  • Description:

  • Fortified monastery with austere architecture.

  • Central church dedicated to Saints Constantine and Helen.

  • Historical Museum with relics, weapons, and works of art.

  • Cemetery where the victims of the Holocaust are buried.

  • Panoramic view of the Amari Valley.

  • Spirituality:

  • Important religious center with a rich monastic tradition.

  • Houses monks who are engaged in hagiography, wood carving, and the production of religious items.

  • Ideal place for meditation and prayer.

  • Information:

  • Opening hours: 08:00-13:00 & 15:00-18:00

  • Entrance fee: €4

  • Website: https://www.arkadimonastery.gr/home.html

  • Telephone: +30 2831 022502

  • Tips:

  • It is worth taking the guided tour to learn more about the history and the Holocaust of Arkadi.

  • Make sure to dress modestly, as it is a holy place.

  • The monastery has a café and a shop selling religious items.

  • By visiting the Arkadi Monastery, you are not just coming into contact with a historical monument, but with a symbol of sacrifice and spirituality.

  • Preveli Monastery: An Oasis of Spirituality and Natural Beauty

  • Description:

  • Located in the Rethymno prefecture, in a beautiful location, next to the Kourtaliotis Gorge and the Preveli beach.

  • Founded in the 16th century and consists of two monasteries: the Lower Monastery, built on the banks of the river, and the Upper Monastery, perched on a 300-meter cliff.

  • Today, only the Lower Monastery is operating, which houses 10 monks.

  • Spirituality:

  • Important religious center with a rich monastic tradition.

  • Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

  • Houses holy relics, such as the Veneration of the Head of Saint John the Baptist.

  • Ideal place for meditation and prayer.

  • Natural beauty:

  • Around the monastery, there is a magnificent landscape with lush vegetation, centuries-old plane trees, and cool waters.

  • The Kourtaliotis River, with its waterfalls and caves, offers visitors a unique experience.

  • The Preveli beach, with its golden sand and blue waters, is one of the most popular destinations in Crete.

  • Information:

  • Opening hours: 08:00-13:00 & 15:00-18:00

  • Entrance fee: Free

  • Accommodation: Rooms are available for pilgrims.

  • Website: http://www.preveli.org/

  • By visiting the Preveli Monastery, you can combine spiritual seeking with hiking, swimming, and exploring the beautiful nature.

  • Tips:

  • Make sure to dress modestly, as it is a holy place.

  • You can buy religious items from the monastery's shop.

  • It is worth walking the path that leads to the Upper Monastery to enjoy the panoramic view.

  • In the area, there are taverns and cafes where you can taste traditional Cretan flavors.

  • Whether you are looking for spiritual peace or want to relax in a beautiful natural setting, the Preveli Monastery is the perfect destination for you.

 

  • The Apple Gorge Rethymno : A Hike Through Untamed Beauty

  • Located 23 kilometers southeast of Rethymno, at the foothills of Mount Psiloritis.

  • It has a length of approximately 4 kilometers and a width ranging from 100 to 400 meters.

  • It was named after the wild apple trees that grow on its slopes.

  • The hike through the gorge takes about 2-3 hours and is of moderate difficulty.

  • Flora and fauna:

  • Rich vegetation with holm oaks, plane trees, wild cherry trees, and herbs.

  • Various bird species, such as hawks, rock partridges, and ravens.

  • Look out for the wild goats that often climb the steep slopes.

  • Sights:

  • The ruined monastery of Panagia Kalivιani, built on a 200-meter cliff.

  • The stone bridge of Kapetanios, built in 1867.

  • The caves of Agios Antonios and Agios Nikolaos.

  • Information:

  • How to get there: By car from Rethymno, following the signs.

  • Best time to visit: Spring and autumn.

  • Caution: Wear appropriate hiking shoes and bring water with you.

  • By visiting the Apple Gorge, you will experience a unique hiking experience in a wild and beautiful landscape.

  • Tips:

  • Don't miss a stop at the ruined monastery of Panagia Kalivιani to enjoy the panoramic view.

  • In the area, there are traditional villages where you can taste Cretan flavors and experience authentic Crete.

  • Whether you are a hiking enthusiast or simply want to explore an unknown and enchanting landscape, the Apple Gorge is worth adding to your list.

  Rethymno Unforgettable experiences in a city that wins you over.

 

 

  • Discover the South of Rethymno: A Guide to Unforgettable Experiences and Enchanting Beaches

  • If you are looking to live unforgettable experiences and discover breathtaking beaches, I highly recommend a trip to the south of Rethymno.

  • Here is a short guide to help you plan your getaway:

  • Places to visit:

  • Plakias: A picturesque seaside village with beautiful beaches, ideal for relaxation and exploration.

  • Agia Galini: A peaceful fishing village with a lovely beach and traditional tavernas.

  • Preveli:

  • Spili: A charming village with traditional architecture and beautiful views.

  • Beaches:

  • Damnoni: A large sandy beach with shallow waters, ideal for families.

  • Korakas: A small, secluded beach with crystal clear waters, perfect for hiking.

  • Skinaria: A stunning cove perfect for relaxation. Known for its deep underwater fault line.

  • Triopetra: Famous for its three rocks that form natural pools.

  • Activities:

  • Swimming, sailing, diving, hiking, cycling, exploring the traditional villages.

  • Gastronomy:

  • Sample the traditional Cretan cuisine, with fresh fish, local meats and cheeses, and of course, the famous raki.

  • Accommodation:

  • In the south of Rethymno, you will find a variety of hotels, apartments and villas to suit all tastes and budgets.

  • I wish you a pleasant stay and unforgettable experiences in the south of Rethymno!

  • Additional Information:

  • You can adapt this guide to your own preferences and interests.

  • For more information, you can visit the website of the Municipality of Rethymno or ask the locals.

  • I hope this helps!

  • Discover the east coast of Rethymno!
  • For a cosmopolitan atmosphere:
  • Rethymno Beach: Sunbeds, beach bars, water sports.
  • Adele: Golden sand, shallow waters, ideal for families.
  • Platanias: Beach bars, restaurants, water sports.
  • For peace and seclusion:
  • Spilies: Pebbles, emerald waters, relaxation.
  • For adventure:
  •  
  • Bali: Four coves, Livadi, Varkotopos, Limani, Karavostasi, organized, fully equipped.
  • Panormo: Picturesque harbor, sandy beach, taverns.
  • Tips:
  • Rent a car for exploring.
  • Buses connect Rethymno with the beaches.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
  • Leave the beach clean.
  • Enjoy the beauty and live unforgettable moments!

Rethymno-Führer: Der Stadtgarten von Rethymno, eine Oase des Grüns und der Ruhe im Herzen der Stadt.
Entdecken Sie den Stadtgarten von Rethymno, eine Oase der Kühle und Entspannung, ideal für einen Spaziergang voller Schönheit und Wohlbefinden.
Folgen Sie den schattigen Wegen und genießen Sie die Kühle, die die jahrhundertealten Bäume bieten.
• Genießen: Trinken Sie Ihren Kaffee oder Ihr Getränk im Café im Garten.
• Bietet Schatten und Kühle, ideal für heiße Sommertage.
• In den Sommermonaten werden Veranstaltungen und Musikabende organisiert.

Enjoy relaxation and fun in a lively city!