Rethymno Travel Guide

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Rethymno Highlights

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    Spincat says…

     Noisy and vibrant, but with calm corners, beautiful old buildings and charming streets, lots of pretty rooms places in the old town, good bars and restaurants, good transport links from the bus... 

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    Jawnuta says…

     The McDonald is there too :-( 

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     Venetian inspired in a greek soul:) 

Rethymno Things to Do

  • Meet Nicos!!!

    So... we are walking around Rethymno Old Town in the middle of hot day. My hubby is looking at local people sipping beer rather than architecture.Strolling down Dimakopoulou street we heared lyra laying.... We looked inside a tiny room and there was Nicos - local GOD OF LYRA (just look at the picture). Not only Nicos is a GOD OF LYRA but also he is...

  • The beach

    Waves or not swimming is FUN!Long and very clean beaches and there are also free parts if you don't want to pay for the chair.

  • Wander the street of old town

    Just wander the streets without thinking and feel the athmosphere. Old town is pretty small and surrounded by sea and the main road so you will find your way out when you have wandered enough.

  • Enjoy the cafe culture

    People from young to elderly are often spending their siesta in some cafe.Cafes called Living room and Häagen-Dazs seemed to be the favourite places of young people.Both located on the beach street.

  • Book a trip to Samaria

    On the street of Rethymno you can find travel agencies that are selling trips around the Crete and even to island close to Crete.I've booked hiking trip to Samaria both times from the beach street and both times everything is worked very well:bus is picking from the hotel on agreed time and guides has been very professionals.Remember to take good...

  • Greek family!!! Eleni's tyropittakia!!!

    Well, hello everybody!!!Last year, when I got married, I decided to go to Crete on honeymoon to find the roots of my family.When planning that trip, I and my man could never imagine that we would have such a nice time!!!Beyond the wonderful sightseeing, Knossos, Faestos, and the absolutely fabulous beaches, which can be found in Crete....One day,...


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Rethymno Restaurants

  • Restaurant Palazzo: the catch of the day...

    The 'catch of the day' in this restaurant is the tourist who orders the catch of the day. The waiter recommended this meal. I asked about the price. The waiter told that it is 47€/kg, and that the fishes are round 600g. 'So it will be a bit below 30€', I say. 'Something like that', says the waiter. 'Sounds OK' I say. 'We'll make it a nice dinner...

  • Good and cheap sheep milk ice cream

    The Mona Lisa -ice cream bar is located in the middle of the old town of Rethymno. It serves excellent ice cream made from sheep milk, suitable for those who have cow milk allergy or who just enjoy tasty ice cream. One scoop cost 1,5€. Their cakes are also delicious. Baklava cake with vanilla ice cream

  • Your best budget meal in Rethymno!

    I chose this place since the locals (also the policemen) were having dinner here. Completely satisfied, even if it looks just like an ordinary fast food place from outside. The dishes however were fabulous. Mixed Grill - an amazing selection at an even amazing price!

  • great seafood in harbour

    Great atmosphere, great food, friendly owners. It is not very cheap but you can find plates that are cheaper than others. We had seafood plater for 3, and it was a mountain of all kinds of seafood with the carafe of wite Cretan wine.There were no more empty tables so the owner brought us upstairs to the private balcony. It was a squize for 3...

  • Under the lemon trees

    Athmosphere and surroundings are very good.A little minus of service; slow and little unfriendly.But I've eaten here only once so it could have been one of those bad evenings when everybody are tired.

  • classy and athmospheric

    Very classy restaurant between old town and fortress.I was little afraid that this evening will cost a lot. But happily noticed that they had a whole range of dishes. If you wanted to eat expensive fish and meat dishes it was possible as well as getting normal priced and traditional Greek food.


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...

  • 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

  • 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.


Rethymno Transportation

  • Getting There by Bus

    There is bus frequent service to and from Iraklion and Chania, every half-hour from early in the morning until mid-evening. In high season, buses depart Rethymnon as late as 10pm. The fare has been about 12€ round-trip. The KTEL bus line (tel. 0030 28310 22212) that provides service to and from Chania and Iraklion is located at Akti...

  • Getting There by Car

    Many people visit Rethymnon by car, taking the highway from either Iraklion (80km) or Chania (70km). The public parking lot at Plateia Plastira, at the far western edge, just outside the old harbor, is best approached via the coast road from the west.

  • Getting There by Boat

    Rethymnon does have two ship lines, which offers direct daily trips to and from Piraeus. The first ship is a high speed vessel called "Aiolos Kenteris I" and belongs to NEL Lines and costs more (5 hrs) and the "LATO" that belongs to ANEK Lines and is an older and much slower but also cheaper ship (about 10 hr.).


Rethymno Shopping

  • 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

  • Streets of the old town

    You can find here little shops from gifts to very expensive label products.Shops are open from morning to late night. Some of them are having siesta.I love especially stores where they are selling olive products.

  • Rethymno: A Paradise to Discover

    The fertile soil of Crete is very nutritious for the sheep and goats of Rethymno and thus accounts, inter alia, for their excellent meat. Various wonderful products are made from their milk. Cretan gruyere (“graviera”) is known worldwide. Moreover, the “feta” and “myzithra” cheese varieties of Rethymno taste wonderful and enjoy high quality...


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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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!

  • 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...

  • 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...


Rethymno Tourist Traps

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Miles of resorts

    To the east of Rethymno, as far as the eye can see, there's a seemingly endless stretch of impersonal looking resorts and rooms for rent, tacky touristy shops, and tourist-oriented tavernas lining the beach. We drove along this route for several miles on our way to Moni Arkhadi and thought it looked like a terrible place to spend a holiday because...


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.

  • 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...

  • 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.


Rethymno Favorites

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Health Care Facilities

    Rethymnon has a well equipped hospital with helpful staff. It has a 24hr Accident and Emergency department and also an outpatient clinic that is open during office hours. The hospital is located at G. Triandlidou, phone 28310 87100. Rethymnon also has several private medical practices covering most medical specialities. High quality dental...


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