Rethymnon Travel Guide
Overview Travellers will appreciate the flower-bedecked balconies in
Rethymnon's old town, and the Turkish and Venetian influences in
its architecture. Tourist development hasn't compromised the
authentic mood on the destination's streets or in its tavernas and
souvenir shops. One of Crete's longest sandy beaches lies to the
east and excursions are easily made to Hania, Heraklion or the
Monastery of Arkadhi.
Rethymnon © Romtomtom
Shopping Rethymnon's many gift shops have a beautiful selection of
baskets, woodcarvings, pottery and woven goods. Cretan embroidery
at Haroula Spridaki and various items carved from olive wood at the
aptly named Olive Wood Corner make especially good souvenirs.
Palaiopoleiou has genuine antiques and old textiles, while
shoppers interested in modern ceramics and Greek pottery should try
Omodamos. Many general stores and mini supermarkets are around to
Restaurants Rethymnon's inner harbour sports an array of restaurants and
fish tavernas. Pricing varies. Visitors will find some
old-fashioned cafes around Rimondi Fountain.
Nightlife Rethymnon's nightlife ranges from noisy pubs and bars, to more
relaxed establishments, where holidaymakers can listen to the sea
while sipping on their favourite drinks.
Activities Daily boat excursions take holidaymakers to beautiful beaches
and, usually, lunch at a local taverna. Hiking, horseback riding
and visiting sights such as the mosque of Sultan Ibrahim Han and
the Venetian fortress are other popular activities in
Negatives Rethymnon doesn't have the ruins and archaeological sites many
holidaymakers expect in such an old city.
Monastery of Arkádhi
Situated about 14 miles (23km) south of Rethymnon, the Monastery
of Arkádhi is something of a national Cretan shrine. During
the 1866 rebellion against the Turks the monastery became a refuge
for Cretan insurgents and their families (it was the Cretan
Christians who revolted... see full details
The Samaria Gorge
The Samaria Gorge National Park, in the White Mountains of
western Crete, is said to be one of the most splendid scenic parks
in Europe and the hike through the gorge is breathtaking. It is an
arduous trip but well worth it to... see full details