Rethymnon’s beautifully preserved old town is like something straight from a story book. It’s not all Venetian townhouses with Juliet balconies, though; there’s a long and beautiful beach too. Stretching 12km from the centre it’s lined with bars and cafés, and you’ll find even more places to eat and drink beside the pretty harbour. Rethymnon holidays are perfect if you’re looking for a traditional Greek break with a little bit of everything on your doorstep.
Rethymnon has a typical Mediterranean climate, which means warm, mild temperatures with long, hot and dry summers when temperatures can reach a balmy 27 - 30˚C.
Both of Crete’s international airports, Heraklion and Chania, are just over an hour’s drive away from Rethymnon to the east and west along the coast.
Book a cheap holiday to Rethymnon with Airtours and you’ll discover an ancient mix of mosques, palaces and fortresses, plus a café-lined harbour that gives the town a real buzz during the holiday season.
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From film star good looks to the birthplace of the gods, the legend of Rethymnon’s beauty has spread far and wide. Stroll along the huge beach, drink local wines in the gorgeous harbour or head inland to discover gorges where we’re told the gods once lived. It’s easy to see why Rethymnon has held an appeal for visitors and conquerors over the centuries.
A picture perfect version of a Greek port town, the cobbled streets, stone buildings and tiled rooftops of the old town just beg to be explored. Wind your way through narrow streets, passing Venetian style townhouses and bar lined piazzas. Then head down to the harbour and enjoy a drop of the local tipple straight from the vineyards that surround Rethymnon.
Northern Crete is renowned for its long stretches of beautiful golden sand and Rethymnon has to be a contender for the very best of the bunch. At over ten kilometres long and dotted with bars and everything else you could need along the promenade, it’s easy to spend several days of your holiday just enjoying the surroundings. As it runs right beside the centre of town, you don’t even have to walk that far to find your place on the sand.
The area around Rethymnon is overflowing with important religious and cultural buildings, and legend says it was even home to the gods. The monasteries at Preveli and Arkadi are well worth a visit, as is the Ideon Cave where the stories claim that Zeus was raised. You can almost feel the mystery and mythology in the air as you make your way through the many gorges that lie just inland, wondering who might have once gone before you.
History hounds: Once home to both the Ottomans and Venetians, Rethymnon has plenty of history. Stroll the streets and discover a unique mix of Renaissance palaces and fortresses.
Beach days: It’s not far to the beach in Rethymnon as it’s right in the middle of the town. At 12km long and boasting a great promenade, this is the place to hang out during the daytime.
Harbour nights: Humming with the sound of busy bars and bustling seafood restaurants, the harbour is where it’s at in the evenings. Sit and sample local wines and seafood caught fresh that morning.
Language: Greek is the official language although you’ll find plenty of people who speak excellent English too.
Currency: All over Greece the currency is the Euro (€).
Local time: Greece is two hours ahead of the UK.
Fly to: Both Heraklion and Chania international airports are just over an hour’s drive away.
Flight time from UK: 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Tourist Information: Further Rethymnon tourist information can be found at http://www.rethymno.gr/en/city.
Visa & Health: Before you travel to Rethymnon on your holiday, find out more information and advice on visas and health at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.
Temperature: In the mid to high 20s for much of the spring and all of the summer, Rethymnon boasts a warm and dry climate that’s perfect for summer breaks.
Best time to visit Rethymnon: Enjoy All Inclusive winter deals to Rethymnon from May onwards and take advantage of the beautiful weather. It starts to warm up around late April and the reliably hot and dry weather continues right through the summer until late October. High season is between July and September so travel earlier or later if you’re looking for a quieter break.
By taxi: It’s usually pretty easy to get a cab in Rethymnon and they’re safe, reliable and affordable, plus many of the drivers will speak enough English to make your journey easier.
By hire car: Hire cars are available across the island, especially around both airports. With good road surfaces and great scenery, exploring in a hire car is a good option.
By bus: Situated midway between Heraklion and Chania, Rethymnon is very well connected by bus. Most are modern and have air conditioning so it’s a good way to get around, even in the high summer.
By boat: Ferry ports at Heraklion and Chania connect Crete to a number of other destinations with some occasional boats to other ports on the island too.
For local history: Take a tour to the Sacred Monastery of Arkadi. This is a peaceful collection of stone buildings, with colourful courtyards and a traditional Cretan taverna where you can sample local treats.
For cultural festivals: Each year from April until late May the town organises a cultural festival called Rethymnon Days. It features music, art and theatre shows, as well as art exhibitions.
For Renaissance charm: Celebrate Rethymnon’s rich heritage at the renowned Renaissance Festival.