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City in Crete

A picture showing a part of the old port of Rethymno.
photo: Miltof / CC BY 2.0

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do in Rethymno

Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno

Founded by the Venetians in the 13th century is together with the lighthouse one of the most photographed and picturesque spots of the city.

A panoramic picture showing the city and the Port of Rethymno.
photo: Moonik / CC BY-SA 3.0
↑ N   < 1km

Port of Rethymno

Contemporary port, that hosts large cruise ships & offers a ferry connection with Santorini. Occasionally includes more routes during summer.
The Lighthouse of Rethymno at the old port of Rethymno with a part of the city in the background.
↘ SE   < 1km

Lighthouse of Rethymno

The 9 meters high structure at the old port of the city that was constructed in 1830 by the Egyptians, the island rulers of the time.

A larnax (a container for human remains) from the Minoan Period as an artifact of the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↙ SW   < 1km

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno

Housed in the Venetian church of St Francis, hosts nearly 1000 artifacts from Stone Age to 17th AD.

The well-preserved walls of the fortification of the Citadel (Castle) Fortezza in Rethymno.
← W   < 1km

Citadel (Castle) Fortezza of Rethymno

Founded by the Venetians in 1573 is situated on the Palaiokastro hill that stands for its panoramic view.

Actors on the stage during a performance of the Renaissance Festival of Rethymno on Crete.
← W   < 1km

Renaissance Festival of Rethymno

Annual festival with events hosted in Fortezza of Rethymno, dedicated to the renaissance past and the spiritual influence of the Venetian rule.

Rethymno Carnival

A folk festival that has its routes in 1901 and through the years has evolved to a major event that is probably the biggest in Crete.

The exterior front side and main entrance of the main church of the Monastery of Arkadi.
↘ SE   ≈ 21.5km

Monastery of Arkadi

A UNESCO European Monument of Freedom due to the heroic battle and sacrifice in the struggle of independence against the Turks in 1866.

A panoramic picture of the interior of the Melidoni Cave on the island of Crete.
→ E   ≈ 32.2km

Melidoni Cave

« Gerontospilios »

Minoan Era worshiping cave & well-known for the execution of 370 people by the Turks in 1824.

The inner yard and the buildings of the Piso Moni in Preveli on the island of Crete.
↓ S   ≈ 33.3km

Piso Preveli Monastery & Museum

37 km south of Rethymno and close to Kourtaliotis Gorge and palm forest is located a monastery that includes a museum with almost 100 icons.

The guiding path inside the Sfendoni Cave of Zoniana in Crete.
→ E   ≈ 47.3km

Sfendoni Cave in Zoniana

Located 43 km from Heraklion and 52 km from Rethymno is a visitable cave included in UNESCO geoparks famous for is stalactites and stalagmites.

A photo showing one part of Chania old port.
↖ NW   ≈ 50.4km


Second-largest city in population of Crete which preserved its traditional architecture and composes one of the biggest Greek destinations.

Photo displaying the Port of Sfakia, Chania.
photo: AWI / CC BY 3.0
↙ SW   ≈ 50.8km

Port of Sfakia, Chania

The port of this remote and rugged area hosts routes to Loutro, Agia Roumeli & Gavdos, while it also offers day excursions to nearby beaches.

The house of the famous Greek singer Nikos Ksilouris in the village of Anogia on the island of Crete.
→ E   ≈ 52.8km

Anogia Town, Rethymno

Well-known village with strong ties to Cretan tradition and music which hosts the family house of the famous singer Nikos Xilouris.

Questions & Answers about Rethymno

Why Visit Rethymno?
  • Third-largest Cretan city, hosts Cretan University departments & relies on tourism.
  • The architecture & the narrow streets of the old city characterize it as a labyrinth.
  • Its great tourist infrastructure offers luxurious facilities in amazing landscapes.
What is Rethymno, Greece?

Rethymno is the third-largest city of Crete, with approximately 34,000 inhabitants. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece, with an imposing scenery composed of Psiloreitis mountain, and a history that spans for more than 4,500 years. A series of natural beauties and attractions like byzantine churches and monasteries, renaissance monuments, caves, countless beaches and villages throughout the county, await visitors to wander and admire.

What is the history of Rethymno?

The city follows its course since the Minoan period, the classical and Hellenistic era, as well as the Roman and Byzantine times. However, from 1204 and onwards the Venetian occupation will leave lasting cultural signs on Rethymnon. The 16th century finds the city in great spiritual development, which will be stopped after the Turkish conquest in 1669. After the independence of the island in 1897, Rethymno begins to flourish again.

How someone can access Rethymno?

Access to Rethymno is possible by ferry with daily connections from Piraeus to the port of Rethymno but is served by the airports of Chania and Heraklion. A national road connects it to Chania and Heraklio while smaller roads provide access to a great network of villages.