Rethymno Travel Guide

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Rethymno Things to Do

  • Historical Folklore Museum

    The Historical And Folklore Museum of Rethymno was founded in 1974. It covers nicely the local life of the previous centuries with more than 5000 items (most of them from donations). It is housed on a venetian mansion from 17th century that was built in renaissance style and it’s a fine example on its own to see how an old house looked like....

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  • Ibrahim Han Mosque

    This lovely dome topped mosque dominates the large area in the middle of the Fortrezza. This was originally the spot of the catholic church of San Niccol that was used by the venetians and not the greeks that were living outside of the Fortrezza anyway. When the Ottoman Turks conquered Rethymno they demolished the church and built a mosque...

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  • Fortezza

    Fortezza is the main attraction in Rethymno. The fortress is located on a hill overlooking the Old Town and worth an hour or two even if you don’t really care about history or any of the buildings inside. It offers some nice views over the town but also the shore so take your camera. The fortress comes from the venetian era, its construction begun...

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  • The Loggia

    Loggia is a venetian structure that dates back from 16th century and was always the central meeting point for the noble citizens of Rethymno where they could discuss politics or do some trades. It is a square building with arched fronts on three sides (except the west side). It was originally built with a wooden roof but after 1625 an upper storey...

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  • Old Town

    Walking around the Old Town of Rethymno was the highlight of our visit and we spent much more time than the picturesque but boring Venetian Harbor. It is a well preserved area right in the middle of the new town of Rethymno and gave us the chance to see many different architectural styles. Don’t forget that after the Venetian conquest on the island...

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  • Venetian Harbor

    The Venetian Harbor of Rethymno is a lovely corner with a promenade to stroll around but definitely much less impressive and picturesque than the one in Chania. But don’t let me be misunderstood, it’s a great place for coffee in the morning or some drinks later in the day. But the truth is we weren’t there after sunset to check how it looks with...

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Rethymno Restaurants

  • Meli Melo

    Café Meli Melo is a small café that serves the usual coffees (and greek café in chovoli) but also some deserts and ice cream. It’s a cute colorful small place with a friendly owner (when I asked for desserts he suggested the near by place because it was too early for him and didn’t have anything ready yet!). There’s outdoor seating, great for...

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  • Delicious vegetarian mousaka

    We chose this place because of the inviting location, down a little street close to the Narantze mosque. It's very much an old school tourist taverna, with a big multilingual laminated menu and all the usual favourites - and it was the best of its type that I encountered in Crete.The food was of a very good quality, and I can recommend it for...

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  • A top Rethymno pick

    After a week's stay in Rethymno, with all the lunches and dinners that entailed, I can confidently say that - tied with the Lemon Tree Garden - Alana was my favourite restaurant. It also seems to be very popular with locals, which can't be said of everywhere in Rethymno.It's a 'special' restaurant (an estiatorio, in fact), with a beautiful...

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  • Lovely spot for Cretan dishes

    The ambiance at Erofili is very nice indeed - a spacious terrace hung with lights, plenty of potted plants, and the main building is one of the old Venetian constructions that makes Rethymno so lovely.What about the food? Erofili fits into a category of restaurant in Rethymno that I would describe as Cretan-cum-Mediterranean, which means that there...

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  • Cheaps as chips, but far more delicious

    There is a LOT of pizza in Rethymno, the vast majority of it ranging from frozen supermarket style to serviceable but inauthentic. The Italian Job was the cheapest pizza I had in Crete, but the best. It's a self service by-the-slice joint (you can also get pasta), which is busy at most times of the day, both with visitors and tourists.I liked the...

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  • Great view, nice food

    Guidebooks warn against the old harbour area in Rethymno as a place to eat and I can certainly see why; walking through here is to run the gauntlet of staff all trying to get you to stop and eat. Or just have a drink - there's no excuse not to stay, even at 10 in the morning!Giving in to enjoy the view is seductive though, and I yielded on my last...

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Rethymno Nightlife

  • Very Stylish Bar

    We used to have a drink here on the way out of a night and on the way back, as it is situated on the promenade, close to Macdonalds of all places.If I remember, they have 'live' music in the form of a DJ but he only seemed to be playing CDs. Anyway the music was good. The bar seems to have been recently refurbished, as it was decked out to the...

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  • Dj yucatec arrive in greece

    Dj yucatec arrive fresh from amsterdam with the smoothest Trip hop funk easy listening lounge tunes on vinyl and lice synth ;;if a job available somewgere in Greece and especially Rhetymno Cretaplease email me -fluent in French Germqn Englishyucatec@hotmail.frNamaste

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  • Brachos (Rock)

    It is build inside a cave and offers endless view of the Fortezza castle. You should choose one of the tables that are situated at its veranda. The DJ plays Greek, reggae and rock music and sometimes Greek groups make lives at its place.

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Rethymno Transportation

  • how to go there

    North part of Rethymno Prefecture, 62km W of Chania, 79km E of HeraklionBy carWe found a parking lot in the center just opposite the Municipal Gardens. It was pretty cheap (1,80e for the first hour and then 0,35e/h for 2nd to 5th hour and then 0,70e/h It’s open daily 7.30-22.00by busYou can easily catch one of the numerous buses from other major...

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  • how to move around

    Walkwe walked around easily with no problem, the city center/Old Town seemed normal in size, I had a simple map to orient myself for some main attractions (churches, museums) but you don’t really need one. taxiplenty of them as expected, a good alternative to reach fast your destination or your hotel if you're not stay near the harborCarNot a good...

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  • Airport transfers - shared bus vs local...

    I wasn't sure whether to list the shared transfer bus under transportation or warnings! I suppose the former is the better choice, since there are some pros to using this service, even if I wouldn't bother again...The return transfer from Heraklion airport to Rethymno's main town cost me £22 per person, which is far cheaper than a private transfer....

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Rethymno Shopping

  • what to buy in Rethymno

    As expected there are dozens of souvenir stores all over the Old Town of Rethymno. But hopefully there are some better alternatives too if you want to avoid the usual trash.We noticed many stores with local products (raki, local wines, honey, spices/herbs, olives, olive oil) but also handmade ceramics, wooden items, jewelry etcAs we didn’t eat at a...

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  • Beautifully classic pottery made on-site

    Rethymno has many souvenir shops, but I thought this ceramics studio was a cut above. The pottery is made in the workshop in the back of the shop, and you can see pieces at different stages of production.What I liked best was the simplicity of the designs - there are just a couple of colour schemes, with bright blue, green and red glazes for the...

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  • Ceramic dishes

    New shop in the old town with lovely handmade ceramic and silver jewellery by the owners,neatly arranged. Not a usal souvenir shop stuffed full with trash.Pleasant atmosphere also given by the friendly owners Emmanuela and Gerasimos Mikelatos. handmade dishes in several colours, lantern and hand made silver jewellerys reasonably priced

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Rethymno Local Customs

  • The Treasure Hunt

    The most popular organisation in respect of participation is the Treasure Hunt of Rethymno. It is the favourite game of the locals of all ages and takes place two weeks before Carnival. During this marathon game, which lasts for one day, your brain, your body and your nerves are tested. The grade of difficulty has reached an unbelievable level,...

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  • Renaissance Festival of Rethymnon

    Each summer, Rethymnon hosts a Renaissance Festival, with a programme of theatre performances, music, dance and visual arts. Over the years all the works of Cretan playwrights have been performed at the festival, along with plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Goldoni and others. Musicians from all over the world perform a wide range of music, from the...

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  • Cretan Wine Festival

    Every July, the Municipal Garden hosts the Cretan Wine Festival to the delight of all imbibers.It's not just about getting drunk on free Greek wine from various vineyards. Wine is abundantly consumed since it is free. The visitor will find choices of wine from the largest wine producing companies of Crete, and he is given the opportunity to try...

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Rethymno Warnings and Dangers

  • Scaming with restaurant bills

    Check always the prices of the items when you are ordering and check the bill.Bills are often written with Greek alphabets so you have to check with numbers.Be careful especially in fish restaurants in the old harbour: I had additional 50 euros in my bill!

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  • Be aware of McDonalds!!!!

    YES, Rethymno has its McDonalds!!! Not only McD is right on Venizeolou (along the beach) street, but it has that ugly choo-choo-train (with McD logo on it) that drives FAT american tourists up and down the street.Ugh......., how could anybody (ANYBODY!!!!!) think about getting sloppy chopped cow, from God knows where, covered with...

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  • The electrical system

    Just look on the outside of the buildings and you will realise that it's maybe good to be a bit careful...

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Rethymno Tourist Traps

  • Day trip to Santorini

    I have mixed feelings about my day trip to Santorini from Rethymno. On the one hand, it is a beautiful place, and one I wouldn't have been able to visit on this holiday without going on an organised excursion. On the other, certain key aspects of the day were not as advertised and I feel that I was ripped off, even lied to.The basic facts are that...

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  • Scratch Cards- You've Won!

    Walking around the town is a small band of young people with clipboards who will approach you with a view to 'asking a few questions'. They claim that they are working for the local authorities and just want to ask a few questions about tourism but then at the end they produce a scratch card as 'compensation' for your time and offer it to you with...

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  • Seafood tavernas

    The one thing I did not like about the otherwise picturersque inner harbor waterfront was the row of seafood tavernas now lining it. When they're open it's impossible to walk from one end to the other because you'll get stopped by the greeter at every single one of them. I don't like being rude, so I just turned back and went around the waterfront...

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Rethymno Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk to Agia Irini

    Take a walk up to the hills between the olive trees.Village of Agia Irini is about 3 kilometers up from Rethymno.While you are walking you can enjoy of views of Rethymno and villages around it. And when you arrive to Agia Irini you must visit in local home pub to get some refreshments and of course in monastery if it's doors are open.

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  • small private beach close by

    August 2006 There is a small private beach east of Georgioupoli we like to go to. The beach is great if you are staying in Rethymno and you don't like crowded city beach. It is only 15 min drive away.In order to get there you have to look at my GoogleEarth picture where I tryed to "dot" the very anrrow road to the beach from National Highway. We...

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  • Late Minoan Cementery of Armeni.

    The Late Minoan Cementery of Armeni is located about 10 km south from Rethymno town. There are about 200 tombs dated in the Late Minoan period (13th / 12th century BC).Open daily: from 8 til 15h.Monday closedFree entrance.Tip under construction.

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Rethymno Favorites

  • don’t litter, respect the others

    Walking out of the Old Town we noticed these signs on a wooden door of a house:1.dear neighbors it would be also convenient for me to leave my garbage outside your door but because I don’t think this is a right thing to do I take it to a bin or I keep them at my door. Hope you do the same. Thank you!2.someone have stolen our pots and flowers to...

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  • Tourist Office

    As of May 7th 2007, the Tourist Office (EOT) is located on the beach side of S. Venizelou, next to the Marina, in the Delphini Building. Opening hours: 08.00-14.00hrs, Monday to Friday (during high season), phone 28310 83127 / 56350.The Tourist Police may be found in the same building, turn left when you enter through the main entrance. Phone 28310...

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  • Money

    Greece's major banks all have branches in Rethymnon, and most of these banks will provide currency exchange services. Bank hours are generally the following: Monday - Thursday 08.00-14.30hrs, Friday 08.00-14.00hrs. Many banks provide 24 hour ATM services, additional ATM machines may be found at various locations in Rethymnon centre. Western Union...

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