Along with the numerous seemingly unlimited sights to see and the beautiful old town, with the Venetian “Fortezza” or fortress, the scenic harbour, and the many enticing tavernas, cafes and restaurants with wonderful Cretan delicacies, Rethymnon has one of the most magnificent fine sandy beaches, which stretches to the east almost as far as the eye can see. Altogether between Rethymnon to the town of Prinos there are no less than eight Blue Flag beaches.
There is much to explore with the many different archaeological sites, monasteries, churches, Venetian and Turkish monuments and memorials, and of course numerous museums. Due to the central position of Rethymnon and the excellent bus service, there is also the chance, should you wish, to visit virtually all of Crete on days out.
For those who prefer more off-the-beaten-track locations, Prines is perfect, being only 6 kms from Rethymnon. It is an old Cretan village, renowned for its narrow, winding alleyways and traditional houses and surrounded by olive groves.
Prines has a beautiful 13th century church to explore. The village has several mini markets, a cafe, taverna and bar.
Another picturesque village is Adele with its narrow streets, picturesque houses and historical churches.
Immerse yourself in village life - a quiet and relaxing alternative to Rethymnon.
Where to stay
This stylish hotel is surrounded by well tended gardens. It is around 4 km from Rethymnon and close to a long sandy beach.
A beautiful, luxurious villa, perched high on the hillside in Adele village, 2km from the beach at Adelianos Kampos and 7km from Rethymnon.
This luxurious villa with private pool is situated on the edge of the charming old village of Prines, 6 km inland from Rethymnon.
Only 1km from Adele and situated among olive groves this magnificent villa is really a modern mansion designed in a classic style.
Palazzo Vecchio is a small, romantic and beautifully furnished hotel in Rethymnon and is also one of the oldest mansions in the city!
These two identical villas are located in Adelianos Kampos, 7km east of Rethymnon.
This complex of twelve luxurious villas is situated close to the traditional and historic village of Adele.