About Rethymnon

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 delight in exploring the many different archaeological sites, monasteries, churches, Venetian and Turkish monuments and memorials, and of course there are numerous museums to explore. Because of 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.

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