Welcome to Rethymno
Rethymno combines the marvellous mountain (Psiloritis) with the sea, it boasts rich cultural history going back 4,500 years, one of the most well-preserved Renaissance towns in Greece, numerous byzantine churches and monasteries, exquisite Venetian monuments, wonderful beaches, caves and gorges, not to mention the many opportunities for a unique experiences offered to visitors.
The third biggest city in Crete (after Heraklion and Chania), is located in the north coast of the island, in the eastern part, between the Chania and Heraklion prefectures. This is a beautiful and vibrant city where you will definitely have unforgettable experiences during your stay.
Rethymno Old Town is a listed historic monument and it has been characterised as a traditional settlement. It is a point of reference not just for visitors but also for locals. The mixture of Venetian style with Ottoman architectural elements is impressive as it is very beautiful and picturesque, abundant in the atmospheric, Medieval narrow streets with two-floor and three-floor mansions.
The Venetian Port with the characteristic Lighthouse is full of people who enjoy a walk along the waterfront. There are also many quality tavernas, restaurants, cafes and bars. During your stay in Rethymno, make sure you try the traditional local cuisine in one of the tavernas or restaurants. Nightlife in Rethymno is anything but disappointing and you will definitely find many good options for a fun night out.
Other famous sights in the prefecture include the Holy Monastery of Preveli and Monastery of Arkadi, Anogeia, Maroulas and Zoniana villages, the springs of Argyroupoli, etc.
The placed where Zeus was raised, the god of hospitality, Rethymno is renowned for the hospitality the residents offer that will, without doubt, confirm the poet's words "Rethymno is not a place you go to, but one you return to".