Rethymnon Crete

Land of History & Charm

Plakias Bay in the south of the region...

Rethymnon Crete is a beautiful land in the central west of Crete, one of the regional divisions of the island, with its beautiful Venetian capital of the same name.

This part of Crete offers so much to experience, culture, mountains, history and hiking, not to mention the clear blue seas and the sandy beaches, that you will simply want to stay...and stay...and stay some more...

Here you will find

  • Plakias Beach
  • the Psiloritis Range and Mount Psiloritis
  • Zeus Cave
  • Nida Plateau
  • Preveli Palm Forest and Beach
  • the historic Monastery of Arkadi

Here is a land of untold fascination, with new discoveries awaiting visitors at every turn.

Served by both the international airport CHQ of Chania and HER Heraklion, this region of Crete is full of great sightseeing

Rethymnon Crete - Capital Town

Old Harbour and lighthouse

Rethymnon old town is full of surprises amongst its narrow twists and turns. The little harbour (above) is Venetian, as is the fortezza at the top of the knoll, with a beautiful view over the harbours, rooftops and coastline east and west. There are many fine examples of this beautiful architecture dotted around the township. Ottomans also left their mark as the history of Crete unfolds before your eyes whilst wandering the laneways.

With a high standard of luxury accommodation within the old walls, as well as plenty of beachside or budget accommodation options, Rethymnon suits all sorts of travellers. Lively tavernas with traditional music give a local flavour, whilst there are many modern cafe bars and clubs too.

The University of Crete is located just out of town, while the vibrant cultural life hosts many festivals in the city such as the annual Carnival, the Rethymnon Renaissance Festival, Summer Festivals and The Cretan Diet Festival.

The coast to the west and east of town has many beautiful beaches, inland is the Amari Valley and the south coast has many sandy, stunning beaches on the Libyan Sea.

Rethymnon Crete Beaches

Rethymnon Beach, CreteRethymnon Town Beach is a long wide sandy beach

There are many beautiful beaches in Rethymnon region:

Preveli Palm Forest and BeachPreveli Beach and Palm Forest is in the south of the Rethymnon region

Mountains and Gorges

Psiloritis - Mt Ida in snow (image by Dimitris Pachakis)

Mount Ida or Psiloritis is the highest mountain in Crete. Sitting looking down over the whole island, at an elevation of 2,456 m, with Zeus Cave near the peak overlooking Nida Plateau, all of which are snow bound in winter and well into spring.

Exploring Rethymnon Crete

Margarites Village (image by Yiannis Makrakis)

Margarites Village is known for its idyllic rural setting, and colourful pottery, a 30 km drive from Rethymnon town, local sights include a cave and gorge, a visit to Μαργαρίτες can be included in a trip to Arkadi Monastery.

Arkadi Monastery grounds

Arkadi Monastery has a beautiful facade built in the Venetian style, due to damage from rebellions, of which is was the centre during Cretan clashes with the occupying Turkish forces in 1866. Μονή Αρκαδίου is 22 km south east of town.

Spili Village fountain - an oasis of cool during summer

Spili Village has lush green and a trickling fountain, sit next to the cooling waters during summer for a meal. Σπήλι is 27 km south of Rethymnon town in the centre of the island and at the entrance to the Amari Valley.

Accommodation Rethymnon

Avli Lounge Apartments

Videos of the Region

Enjoy a calm video of one day in town...

Highlights of the region...

Enjoy the Cretan Diet Festival - All about local food and customs!

Enjoy Carnival!

On the Map...

See the beaches of Rethymnon on the map below...

Rethymnon Crete Images

All around the region...

Mountains from Plakias Bay (Image by rgfotos)

Mountains from Plakias Bay

Damnoni Cove (Image by Wolfgang Staudt)

Damnoni Cove.

The old town with Venetian fortezza on top of the hill

The old town with Venetian fortezza on top of the hill.

Venetian Fortezza is in ruins now

The Venetian Fortezza looks over the Med and the Old Town.

Rethymnon Beach restaurant

Enjoy long summer days on Rethymnon Beach, this is Votsalo Restaurant.

Arkadi Monastery

Arkadi Monastery tells a story of rebellion.

At the place of embarkation of troops during WWII, a monument to peace, Preveli.

At the place of embarkation of troops during WWII, a monument to peace, Preveli.

Triopetra Beach

Triopetra Beach is long, wide and sandy.

Getting to Crete

Rethymnon is served by two international airports. The town is 69 km from Chania Airport and 82 km from Heraklion Airport. Local buses and transfers operate regularly from each place.

Ferries from Athens Pireaus Port dock at Souda Port of Chania and Heraklion Port, the journey takes around 9 hours.

Details of flights and ferries below.

The local bus from Chania to Rethymnon takes 1 hour and services are frequent.

The local bus from Heraklion to Rethymnon takes around 90 minutes with regular services departing from Bus Station A near the port in Heraklion.

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