Prefecture of Rethymno Things to Do

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Prefecture of Rethymno Things to Do

  • Bali

    Bali is a small settlement in Rethymno Prefecture. It has several beaches of varying size and many hotels and apartment complexes. It is considered a very nice spot to have a quiet holiday and I have seen a lot of tourists there. Unfortunately the beach I have chosen for my afternoon was not the best one and even if the water was warm, there were a...

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  • Episkopi Beach

    The first beach I have ever stopped for a bath in Crete is a special one. Unfortunately its fame relates to being the beach that has claimed the most lifes in Crete (or at least that was told to us by the Cretan lifeguard on duty and by a Cretan friend of ours). Episcopi beach is situated right at the end of the Prefecture of Rethymno and stretches...

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  • 12 Reasons to Visit the Prefecture of...

    • Because, if you visit the area of Preveli and the Preveli Lagoon, you will feel like being at an oasis in Africa.• Because visiting Idaeon Andron you walk on the steps of Zeus, who was said to have been borne there. And, thanks to the long-term excavation you will go back some 5.000 years and come across the first great civilization in Europe.•...

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  • Anogia or Anogeia Village

    Situated 55 kilometers far from Rethymnon, at the Southeast, Anogia is a big village with approximately 2500 permanent residents, built at a height of 700 meters on the mountain Idi or Psiloritis. It is considered as one of the most scenic and active villages of the Prefecture and of the whole of Crete, keeping many of its traditional features,...

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  • Panoros Village

    Situated 22 kilometers far from Rethymnon, at the East, Panormos is a beautiful picturesque village by the sea, with approximately 900 permanent residents. The village is built at the place of the homonymous ancient town.It is worth seeing the Basilica of Aghia Sophia, dating back to the Early Christian period (5 th century), brought to light by...

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  • Adele Village

    At a distance of 9 kilometers far from Rethymnon, at the East, Adele is an inland village with 435 permanent residents, situated in a plain rich in olive trees and other fruit bearing trees.It is worth seeing the church of St Panteleimonas and the house of Constantinos Ghiamboudakis, the Cretan hero who blasted the powder keg at Arkadi during the...

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  • Aghia Triada Village

    It is situated at a distance of 10 kilometers far from Rethymnon, at the East side of the island. It is an inland village with few permanent residents, 7 kilometers far from the summer resort of Platanes. The village is situated in an area full of olive trees, vineyards and vegetable gardens. Small gorges and hills are found all around.

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  • Archaeological Site of Monastiraki

    The archaeological site of Monastiraki is close to the homonymous village in the valley of Amari, at a distance of 38 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the Southeast. Excavations at the site started by the Germans during the domination of the island in the World War II. Since 1980, the University of Crete has restarted to excavate the place and the...

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  • Archaeological Site of Stavromenos

    The archaeological site of Stavromenos is located at a distance of approximately 11 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the East. Most of the finds, housed in the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon, have been discovered in the area South to the village Stavromenos, on the hills of Kakavella and Tsikouriana.Surveys in the area go back to the 18 th...

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  • Archaeological Site of Ancient Lappa

    Close to the village of Argyroupolis, some 21 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the Southwest, it is situated the archaeological site of ancient Lappa. The town was active since the Geometric period, but it flourished mostly during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, as it is evidenced by its coins.One of the most important finds one can see on the...

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  • Archaeological site of Axos

    Close to the place where today it is situated the village of Axos, 44 kilometers far from Rethymnon, it is found the archaeological site of ancient Oaxos, one of the most important towns of ancient Crete. It had been active for a long period of time, from the Late Minoan period up to the Late Roman period.The excavations started in the late 19 th...

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  • The Late Minoan Cemetery at Armeni

    The Late Minoan Cemetery of the 13 th-12 th century b.C. at Armeni is located within a marvelous oak tree wood, close to the homonymous village, at a distance of 10 kilometers far from Rethymnon. The site of the cemetery was found out by chance in 1969, when two boys had handed over to the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon two vases they had found...

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  • Archaeological Site of Apodoulou

    At a distance of 53 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the Southeast, within the valley of Amari, it is situated the archaeological site of Apodoulou, very close to the homonymous village, at the site named Tournes. Excavations there were started in the 1930s' by the eminent Greek archaeologist Spyridon Marinatos. Located at the foot of Psiloritis,...

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  • The Fortress of Monopari

    After Constantinopolis was conquered by the Francs of the 4th Crusade, in 1204, Crete was given to Bonifatius of Monferrat. The island was sold latter to the Venetians. However, before the Venetians arrive and take possession of the island, in 1206 the then famous Genovese pirate Enrico Pescatore occupied the island and started to fortify it in...

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  • The church of Agia Sophia near Panormos...

    The church of Agia Sophia is s ituated 22 kilometers far from Rethymnon, at the East, near the village Panormos. The church is a Basilica with wooden roof, dating back to the Early Christian period (5 th century), brought to light by excavations carried out in 1948. It is the bigger church of the period in Crete.

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  • Monastery of Bali or Atali

    It is situated at a place with marvelous view, overlooking the tourist resort of Bali, the Monastery of Atali is 37 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the East. The name is owed to a false pronunciation of Astali, the name of the ancient town in the area.The Monastery has been established possibly in the 17th century. Due to its location close to the...

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  • Arsaniou Monastery

    The Monastery is situated at a distance of 12 kilometers from Rethymnon at the East. It has been built during the Venetian domination. The origin of its name is uncertain. The main church, dedicated to Aghios Georghios (St. George) is a cruciform domed church, built in 1888 on the place of an older one of the 16th century. The church was restored...

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  • The Vossakou Monastery

    Situated approximately 50 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the East, off the Old National Road to Heraklion and some 7-8 kilometers northern to the village Doxaro, the Vossakou Monastery is dedicated to the Holy Cross.As it is evidenced by the inscription of the entrance it has been built in 1195 and since then it had suffered many destructions,...

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  • The Monastery of Panagia Halevi

    The Monastery of Panagia Halevi is situated on the way to the village Chromonastiri, some 12 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the South. The main church is dedicated to Virgin Mary and according to the inscription it seems to go back to 1864. The Monastery is much older, dating back to the 16 th or 17 th century; it was active up to 1900. Today the...

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  • The Monastery of Agia Irini

    The Monastery of Agia Irini is situated 5 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the South, at a small distance before arriving to the village of Roussospiti. It is one of the older monasteries on the island, as it has been established in the 10 th century. As occurs with most of the monasteries in Crete, it has been destroyed several times during the...

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  • Ancient Eleftherna

    The archaeological site of Eleftherna is situated in the area between the villages of Eleftherna (24 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the East) and Ancient Eleftherna (29 kilometers far from Rethymnon at the East), at the northern foot of Psiloritis. Excavations in the area started in late 1920s' by the British expedition. Since 1985 up to now the...

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  • Cave: Aghios Antonios

    The cave of Aghios Antonios near the village of Patsos also represents a place of dedication as has been proved by archaeological research. It was used as an important centre of worship from the Late Minoan up until the Roman period. An inscription that was found in the cave testifies that Hermes Kraneos was worshipped here. The church in the...

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  • Cave: Sfendoni

    The cave of Sfendoni near the village of Zoniana in the district of Mylopotamos (47 km from Rethymno in the direction of Perama - Axos) displays 14 halls, richly ornamented with stalactites and stalagmites. It is 550 m long and covers a total of 3,330 sq.m. During recent years archaeological research has uncovered installations dating back to the...

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  • Cave: Gerani

    The Gerani cave displays magnificent stalagmites and boasts 6 halls. Apart from three human skeletons archaeological research has brought to light a variety of bone and stone tools dating back to the Neolithic period. Furthermore important material of palaeontological interest was found, probably relics of more than 100 endemic deer, which must...

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  • Cave: Melidoni

    Excavation works, which continue to be effected in the cave of Melidoni, have proved that the cave was used as a central place of worship from the early Neolithic age up until the Roman period. An inscription gives evidence of the fact that Hermes was worshipped in this cave. It also played an important role during modern times, more precisely...

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  • Cave: The Ideon Andron

    The Ideon Andron is situated on the Nida plateau of Mount Psiloritis, 24 km from the village of Anoghia and 78 km from the town of Rethymno. Initially its extraordinary large entrance impresses visitors to the Ideon Andron, which is at a height of 1538 m. The cave itself is of particularly large dimensions, with a vast central hall and a gallery of...

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  • The Prassano Gorge

    The Prassano Gorge, which starts south of the village of Prasses, offers you a three-hours-walk. Its impressive rock faces and a few rather difficult points of access make this tour particularly interesting.

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  • The Gorge of Patsos

    The gorge of Patsos is easy to walk through. Both the gorge and the cave, which hosts the Church of Aghios Antonios, have been improved by the Forest authority and are an excellent destination for short tours and a picnic.

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  • The Gorge of Kotsifou

    The Gorge of Kotsifou begins at the village of Kannevos and ends at the village of Plakias. Just 10 m wide at the entrance, the beginning of this gorge is very narrow, however, eventually the gorge widens out to 600m. It is 1,800m long in total and its almost perpendicular walls reach a height of 600 m. A small chapel built into a rocky cavity is...

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  • The Nida Plateau

    At 79 km from Rethymno is the well-known Nida Plateau situated on Mount Psiloritis. Not far from there you will find the Ideon Andron, the cave in which Zeus was housed as a child. On the Nida Plateau, which is used for pasturing during the summer months, you will find the famous "mitata", vaulted stone buildings, in which the shepherds live....

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  • Beach: Korakas

    This beach is also situated on the south coast, more precisely south of the village of Rodakino, 42km from Rethymno. The sandy beach of Korakas is organised and the area offers hotels, as well as a large variety of rooms and tavernas.

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  • Beach: Aghios Pavlos

    The magnificent sandy beach of Aghios Pavlos is found 58km south of Rethymno. Follow the road to Aghia Galini and after 46km turn right at the crossroads of the village of Kria Vrissi. Continue until you arrive at the seaside. Bathing in one of the isolated inlets, which have formed between the rocks, and seeing the sand dunes will be an...

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  • Beach: Triopetra

    The beach of Triopetra, which was named after the three distinctive rocks in the sea, is situated approximately 50 km south of Rethymno. Follow the road to Aghia Galini and turn left after 40 km in the direction of Akoumia. Continue until you arrive at the huge sandy beach, which is not organised and fairly isolated.

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  • Beach: Souda Plakias

    Organised, sandy beach west of the village of Plakias. A few tavernas are situated close to the beach, where rooms are also available.

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  • Beach: Bali

    Nestling in the surrounding mountains of the bay of Bali you will find the coastal village of the same name 34 km east of Rethymno. Visitors may choose from which of the small inlets to enjoy bathing at organised beaches. The area offers a large number of tavernas, hotels and rooms.

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  • Mili and Raki Shots at the Gorge

    Visiting the village Mili to try a few shots of the local raki is a good suggestion if you are staying at Rethimno. Take the new highway from Rethimno to Iraklio and then a right turn when you see the sign for the village Mili; it is a wonderful drive through evergreen woods. Leave behind the village and continue to the gorge of Mili. Walk down the...

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  • Cultural Centre "Charoupomilos" at...

    Besides the beautiful scenery, the fish restaurants and the picturesque central pedestrian zone, there is one more reason why you should visit the idyllic fish village of Panoromos, only twenty one (21) km away from the city of Rethimno (Rethymno). The reason is the old carob mill of the village, which was built at 1930s and has been recently...

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  • The Gorge of Kourtaliotis River

    The Gorge of Kourtaliotis is one of the most attractive around the area of Rethimno. It starts at the slopes of the mountains Kouroupa and Ksiros, a little after the village Koksare, it follows river Kourtaliotis and ends up at the beach of Limni Preveli. When the wind hauls one hears a sound similar to rattle and this is what the name of the gorge...

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  • Beach: Plakias

    All the ways leading to Plakia are so beautiful that one might choose to go there again and again only to have the chance to follow a new route. Having Rethimno as a starting point get the main road to Aghia Ghalini and turn right to Chora Sfakion, Rodakino and Sellia, following the road going to Kanevo. The gorge of Kotsifou starts here, it can be...

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  • Argiroupolis Village

    The traditional and picturesque village of Argiroupolis is built on the site of ancient Lappa and is one of the most beautiful villages of Crete.It is surrounded by a rich and verdant vegetation made of huge trees and wild plants, and adorned by waterfalls pouring crystalline waters.The village is 27 kilometres south-west of the city of Rethymno...

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  • Spili Village

    Situated some 30 km South of the town of Rethymno, approximately in the middle of the island of Crete, Spili has everything for the visitor who wants to experience natural Crete. Mount Vorizi which hovers over the town is impressive, but wait until you walk up the side streets of this village to be really impressed. The cobbled streets and...

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  • The Monastery of Preveli

    The Holy Stavropegiac and Patriarchal Preveli Monastery of Saint John the Theologian (Evangelist), known as the Monastery of Preveli is located at the south of Prefecture of Rethymnon and it is the most sacred part of the Holy Diocese of Lambis and Sfakion, in whose the spiritual jurisdiction belongs. The monastery is consisted of two main building...

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  • Beach: Preveli

    Preveli palm beach by the Preveli river. The famous palm-forest of Preveli is here. An oasis of lush vegetation offers unique moments of relaxation for those willing to walk a little along the river and trying to find a quiet spot. This forest used to be a favourite destination for hippies in the early 70s. People used to live here in huts made of...

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  • Plakias Village

    The old Cretan fishing village of Plakias with its little harbour, lies in a particularly beautiful landscape between the blue Libyan Sea and vast majestic mountains that edge down to one of the loveliest bays on the south coast. It is about one and a half hour’s drive from Chania or Heraklion. Many years ago, there were only a few houses, but...

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  • Margarites Village

    Margarites is a very colourful village with its blue houses and coloured doors, where the ancient art of pottery has been kept alive over the centuries. The village is well known for producing all kinds of pottery but in particular the large pithoi, which were also produced in Minoan times.The visitor will find a classical potter's wheel in every...

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