Beaches & Villages
MONASTERIES & CHURCHES
Rethymnon, on the north coast of Crete, lies on the island's longest sandy beach and is known by visitors as the "hidden jewel" of Crete. Since 1400 BC the Minoans, Venetians, Turks and Cretans have built their ancient cities, minarets, citadels, the hilltop Fortezza, winding narrow streets, fishing harbour and lighthouse which create an old-world charm. Situated midway between Heraklion and Chania, Rethymnon is also only a short distance from the most spectacular countryside making it an ideal centre to explore the island.
Rethymnon, the only well-preserved Renaissance town in Greece, is famous for its literature & arts. It’s a place of contrasts, boasting a long and remarkable history as well as untouched places of natural beauty and traditional life. This small Mediterranean town enchants you with its Old Town dating from the period of the Renaissance, its fortress and museums as well as its beaches, not to mention a visit to the wider area of the Prefecture.
The region of Rethymno is the smallest prefecture of Crete but boasts a multitude of magnificent tourist destinations, natural beauty and historic sites. Rethymno lies between the Lefka Ori mountains (Chania) and the famous Psiloritis (Mount Idi where Zeus, the God of gods was born). Just 45 minutes south of Rethymno City are beautiful beaches. Visitors can walk along deep ravines, find sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters and visit archaeologic remains. Rethymno is the home to many traditional Cretan villages including Adele, Amari, Anogia, Arkadi, Armeni, Eleftherna, Zoniana, Thronos, Agios Ioannis, Koxare, Preveli, Rodakino, Hora Sfakion, Spili, Geropotamos.