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Rethymnon

3.8
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts. This unhurried little town boats a well-preserved medieval harbor, developed during the 16th-century Venetian rule. Another significant remnant of the Venetian occupation of Crete, an imposing fortress overlooks the town, its massive walls sheltering a complex of historical monuments. Below the photogenic citadel spreads a network of pedestrian-friendly streets, strewn with Byzantine churches and domed mosques built during the Ottoman era. Venture outside Rethymnon to discover dramatic gorges, remote monasteries, and ancient villages clinging precariously to Crete's picturesque coastline. Make Rethymnon central to your Greece travel plans using our Greece day trip tool.
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Popular things to do in Rethymnon

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Neighborhood
Rethymnon Old Town
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Monastery of Arkadi
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
The Venetian Fortezza
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Rethymnon

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Ruin
The Palace of Knossos Knosos
3.1
Duration: 3 hours
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History Museum
Heraklion Archaeological Museum Heraklion
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Marina
Old Venetian Harbor Chania Town
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Falassarna Beach Falassarna
4.7
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Rethymnon

History Museum
Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Farm
Paraschakis Olive Oil - Crete
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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Beach
Rethymno Beach
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Rethymnon

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Church
The Holy Monastery of Preveli
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Piges Argiroupolis
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Spilies Beach
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Damoni Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Rethymnon

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Tsikalario cretan ceramics
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Oh! My Craft
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ergastiri Kompologiou
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Gift & Specialty Shop
mariannas Maroulas
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Rethymnon

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Mountain
Mount Ida
4.7
Duration: 8 hours
Canyon
Kotsifou Canyon
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Platania Gorge
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Spa
Agigma Massage & Therapies
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Lake Kournas Kournas
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Aquarium
Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos Gournes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

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