Remarkable Rethymnon holidays 2020
Take a step back in time to the fascinating, mythical world of ancient Greece with a 2020 holiday in Rethymnon. Nestled along the hilly northern coastline of the island of Crete, this beautiful seaside city entices all who visit with its historic charm. Unmistakable Venetian architecture rises above the atmospheric backstreets and sun-drenched waterfront, old world tavernas peering out over the quaint little harbour of colourful fishing boats and the ancient sea wall. It’s an ideal spot to relax after a day of exploring with a cold drink and plate of mezze.
Holidays in Rethymnon are synonymous with its vibrant atmosphere, the sound of mopeds buzzing around, the chatter of locals as they catch up over coffee on cobbled streets, or the lively harbour scene of boats coming and going. Golden sandy beaches stretch out either side of the city, making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle and find your feet stepping out into invigorating Mediterranean waters. And let’s not forget Rethymnon’s buzzing food and drink scene, which coupled with an eclectic choice of nightlife, should mean there’s something for everyone after dark.
Rethymnon at a glance
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Don't miss the stunning Venetian Harbour lined with fishing boats and traditional tavernas
Discover the best beaches
Spend the day lazing away on some of the best beaches on Crete's north shore
Must-visit historical sites
Walk around the Old Town for a look at Renaissance buildings and the amazing hilltop fortress
Sample the cafe culture
End the day at one of the cafes around Rimondi Fountain in the Old Town for a coffee and lovely views
Sample the local food
Greek cuisine is a must when in Rethymnon, especially when you have beautiful views on the side...
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Rethymnon livens up in the evening, especially around the harbour where you can bar hop
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Things to do in Rethymnon
Like with many cities in this part of the world, a Rethymnon holiday combines the holy trinity of food, drink and heritage to great effect. It may be Crete’s third largest city, but it’s relatively easy to make your way around it on foot. A natural starting point would be the old town. You could spend hours getting lost amongst its narrow cobbled streets and stunning Renaissance buildings, pausing among all manner of local art and craft shops to pick up a souvenir. There are plenty of places to stop and eat, be it in the sun or shade.
Next on the list is a trip up the hill to the Venetian fortress, which offers stunning views of the town and sea below. Seek out the orthodox chapel that’s nestled amongst ancient pine trees and make time to wander around the old mosque, getting a taste of several helpings of local heritage along the way. And then there’s Rethymnon’s harbour, with its old castle and sea-wall at its perimeter. Head out west and you’ll find remnants of an old waterfront fort, Moorish architecture and plenty of great little bars in which to take a well-earned breather.
Best beaches in Rethymnon
A 12km stretch of golden sandy beach emerges from under this old stone city, making it easy to combine an urban adventure with relaxing days by the sea on your Rethymnon holiday. Sweeping views of the ancient harbour can be enjoyed from most spots. The scene of lively little beach cafes, parasols and sun-loungers is typically Mediterranean and the waters here are kept under close lifeguard supervision. Swimming is encouraged, as is all manner of water-sports including jet-skiing and paragliding, making it a great place for family days out. Things get a little quieter out west past Missiria and Platanes, with Episkopi Beach in particular being one for escaping from the crowds. Head to Gerani Beach for snorkelling and its little hidden rocky cove. Turtles are regular visitors to the beaches of Rethymnon over the summer months, so keep an eye out for these fascinating visitors.
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