The Top 5 Things to Do in Rethymnon (Our Insider’s Tips!)

Situated on the north coast of Crete, Rethymnon is a lively region rich in ancient history. It offers a little something for all tastes with excellent bars and restaurants, a stunning mix of Ottoman and Venetian architecture and a gorgeous sandy beach. It is also ideally situated to allow further exploration of nearby locales, allowing you to sample the full array of what Crete has to offer.

1/ Rethymno Old Town: Rethymno old town is a beautiful location that is just crying out to be explored. One of its most popular features is the Venetian era Citadel known as the Fortezza. This wonderful piece of Cretian history is perched on top of a hill looking down upon the rest of the old town, thus ensuring you are also treated to a spectacular view. Another highlight in Rethymnon is the impressive Venetian Harbor, which contains numerous high quality tavernas that are perfect for when you want to taste some exquisite local cuisine.

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2/ Chania: A short drive from Rethymno is the historic town of Chania, the former capital of Crete itself. Chania has historically experienced a great blend of cultures with Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman influences still hugely visible. As a result of this mixture, there is a wonderfully diverse array of architecture and sites to explore. There are numerous museums to enjoy, as well as plenty of bars and cafes in the town’s picturesque harbor.

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3/ Imbros Gorge: An idyllic spot for a leisurely hike, the Imbros Gorge is a stunning ravine with picture-perfect views along the way. Less strenuous than the larger Samaria Gorge, it’s a roughly 8 kilometer walk which will take around two to three hours to complete. Along the way you will see the stunning White Mountains as well as plenty of verdant wildflower meadows. The gorge opens up to the sea at the delightful village of Komitades, the ideal place to sit back and unwind after your stroll.

4/ Lake Kournas: Lake Kournas is an extremely popular spot close to Rethymnon and is the only natural lake to be found on the whole of Crete. It offers scenic views, thanks to a beautiful mountain backdrop, as well as a great chance to get up close with some local wildlife. You can also hire a pedalo and spend the afternoon lazily soaking up the sun on the water.

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5/ 4x4 Adventure: For anyone thirsting for a bit more adventure, the hugely popular 4x4 adventure will be right up your street. Go off the map and zip along little known dirt roads, discovering little known treasures as well as taking in a few of the more famous sights. The knowledgeable guides will bring the island to life as they drive you around, showing you intriguing hard-to-reach spots including the supposed birthplace of Zeus himself.

Sounds amazing doesn’t it? We can help get you to Rethymnon for a stress-free holiday – get in touch and book your next Grecian adventure today.

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