Rethymno

City in Crete

The old town is adorned with Venetian and renaissance architecture and monuments. Top favorite is a walk in the old harbor and local restaurants.

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

Rethymno Attractions

Venetian Castle Fortezza

Founded by the Venetians in 1573, it stands atop a hill. It has magnificent panoramic views and music nights under the stars.

Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno

Founded by Venetians in the 13th century, it is together with the lighthouse a much-photographed spot. The walk is full of beautiful images.

Lighthouse of Rethymno

Constructed in 1830 by Egyptians, who were briefly given control over the island by the Ottomans, this lighthouse is 9 meters tall.

Rethymno Things to Do

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

Monastery of Arkadi

In 1866, besieged citizens and fighters here set their gunpowder reserves on fire taking their own lives and many of their besiegers.

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

Melidoni (Gerontospilios) Cave

Visit this Minoan place of worship for 30' of awe and quietness, and to cool off from the hot day outside. But this cave has a horrific history...

The guiding path inside the Sfendoni Cave of Zoniana in Crete.
distant ≈ 47.4km

Sfendoni Cave, Zoniana

This UNESCO geopark cave with all its stalactites and stalagmites will take you for a moment in a magic underworld.

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

Piso Preveli Monastery

Visiting Kourtaliotis Gorge, the palm forest, and this monastery can be combined in one tour. Enjoy the icons' collection and the spectacular views.

Rethymno Renaissance Festival

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

Rethymno Carnival

It takes place between February and March since 1901 and fills the street with joy and and sorts of weird creatures and fun-loving people.

Rethymno Museums

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

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno

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

Rethymno Day Trips

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

Anogia Town, Rethymno

Anogia people are known across Greece for their uncompromising character and hospitality. The house of Cretan singer Xilouris is here.

Chania

Its Old Greece architecture makes this town a treasure of sights and photography. Experience the old town on foot and don't miss local delicacies.

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.

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