Rethymnon, an exceedingly well-preserved Venetian harbour town on Crete’s northern coast, is so rich in history and culture that you could spend months exploring it. The island’s third-largest city is home to a dazzling mix of Ottoman-era mosques, a behemoth fortress and cobblestone streets lined with Venetian buildings. Some of Crete’s most interesting museums – dedicated to everything from contemporary art to archaeological finds – can be explored on your Rethymnon holidays.
Sandwiched between mountains that are peppered with caves and a sandy beach that’s right at the entrance to the city, there’s plenty for nature lovers and beach fans to do on holidays to Rethymnon, too. There are also fabulous Greek restaurants serving traditional food, and local bars where Cretan music spills out into the streets at night. A city of many charms, Rethymnon is an easy place to fall in love with.
Walk through the Old Town
All of Rethymnon’s fascinating history – from Venetian to Ottoman and more – can be experienced when you explore the cobblestone streets of its quaint Old Town.
Head to the fortress
Built in 1571, the landmark Venetian castle of Fortezza is situated on a hill overlooking Rethymnon. It’s a must for history fans and, in the summer, concerts are hosted there, too.
Relax on the beach
Rethymnon is home to a 12-kilometre-long sandy beach that’s easily accessible from the city. It’s organised and you’ll also find a range of water sports on offer.