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

Attractions & 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.

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Port of Rethymno

Contemporary port, that hosts large cruise ships & offers a ferry connection with Santorini. Occasionally includes more routes during summer.

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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.

↘ SE
< 1km
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

Archaeological Museum of Rethymno

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

↙ SW
< 1km

Citadel (Castle) Fortezza of Rethymno

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

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< 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.

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.

↘ SE
≈ 21.5km

Melidoni Cave


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

→ E
≈ 32.2km

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.

↓ S
≈ 33.3km

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.

→ E
≈ 47.3km


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.

← W
≈ 50.4km
photo: AWI / CC BY 3.0

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.

↙ SW
≈ 50.8km

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.

→ E
≈ 52.8km

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.