Rethymnon is situated on the north coast of Crete approximately halfway between Chania and Heraklion and is the third largest town on the island.
What is Rethymnon like?
Rethymnon is a university town and an interesting mix of old and new. Explore the old town of Rethymnon with the remains of a Venetian16th century fortress which overlooks the waterfront and its' tree lined promenade. Walk along the narrow streets where there is a strong Turkish influence which is evident in the mosques, minarets and wooden balconies on some of the houses. Visit the outdoor market held on Monday and Thursday or the many shops packed into the old town of Rethymnon selling everything from food to local crafts.
Things to do in the day in and around Rethymnon
The beaches at Rethymnon are considered to be some of the best in Crete and stretch for some 12 miles east of the resort. They are well supplied with sunbeds and umbrellas with a variety of water sports available and are generally safe for swimming. For a change of scene, a regular bus service operates between Rethymnon and the resorts of Aghios Nikolaos, Chania and Heraklion. Alternatively for the more active the mountains surrounding Rethymnon are a magnet for climbing, hiking and biking.
Nightlife in Rethymnon
In the evening in Rethymnon, you will find a good choice of local style tavernas, and restaurants both in the old town and around the harbour area some specialising in local seafood together with a number of bars and discos.
Who takes a holiay in Rethymnon?
A holiday to Rethymnon is ideal for families and couples whether seeking a beach holiday or looking for history and culture. Excursions from Rethymnon include a visit to the Minoan palace of Knossos, 16th century Arkadi Monastery or various boat trips to neighbouring islands.
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