Vacations in Crete - Rethymno (Crete - Greece)
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Why Crete - Rethymno
Information On Crete - Rethymno
Rethymno is one of the four prefectures of Crete and it is located between Chania and Heraklion.
The capital of Rethymno prefecture is the homonymous Rethymno town. Rethymno is small but it has many things to see. The Venetian Fortezza Castle and the port are the main attractions but the are also a some interesting museums, the lovely Rimondi Fountain, the Neratze Mosque, the Venetian Gate and many more. If you get tired a break at the Rethymno Municipal Garden is exactly what you need to relax and enjoy the greenery.
Rethymno has several picturesque mountainous villages, impressive monasteries and amazing beaches. The distances on Crete are huge, but by driving you can get to other places on the island. It is a good idea to stay many days, in order to see as much of Crete as you can, although it is impossible to manage to see all of it.
The villages of Rethymno that are worth visiting include Margarites village that is known for its traditional pottery, Spili village known for its traditional architecture and beautiful scenery, the Venetian-style Maroulas village and more.
Crete on the whole is an island where you can find whatever you are looking for. There are quiet areas for accommodation and deserted beaches for those who want a peaceful vacation, while there are also cosmopolitan beaches with bustling tourist resorts for intense holidays.
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Beaches Of Crete - Rethymno
On Rethymno, like the rest of Crete, there are countless beautiful beaches for every taste. Most of the beaches of the north coast can be hard to enjoy on windy days.
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Travel To Crete - Rethymno
Rethymno, unlike the rest of Crete, does not always have a ferry connection with Piraeus. In addition to that Rethymno does not have an airport, but its neighbors Chania and Heraklion do and from there you can get to Rethymno by car in less than an hour.
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Transportation On Crete - Rethymno (Car Rentals)
Rethymno has buses for your transportation within the city. Also there are intercity buses that connect Rethymno with the rest of the prefectures of Crete.
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Accommodation On Crete - Rethymno (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Rethymno is a large prefecture, with countless hotels and rooms to let, so choose the place to stay carefully considering the distances. Most accommodation and intense life is - mainly - in the northern Rethymno.
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Food & Drink On Crete - Rethymno
In Rethymno you should try the cooked snails, skioufikta (local pasta), various kinds of pies, stuffed vine-leaves, local lamb or goat, local rabbit and - if you can find it - gamopilafo (traditional rice served in weddings). Of course you will find plenty of fresh fish, seafood and kakavia (fish soup). From salads try the famous Cretan dakos and stamnagathi, extremely bitter greens which only grow on Crete. Accompany your meal with Cretan graviera cheese, myzithra cheese, local wine and raki. It is generally advised eating in mountainous villages and avoiding the heavily touristic taverns.
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What To Buy On Crete - Rethymno
On Rethymno, like the rest of Crete, you can buy wine, raki, rusks, local cheeses (graviera cheese, etc), thyme honey and kaltsounia.
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Attractions On Crete - Rethymno
The 16th century Venetian Fortezza Castle is located in the heart of the town and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Rethymno.
The Venetian Harbor is located in the heart of the city of Rethymno and is a popular spot for tourists.
The museum is housed in a beautiful building with a modern design and features works by contemporary artists from Crete and around the world.
A small but beautiful museum with an interesting collection of exhibits covering all of the historical periods.
A small but nice museum belonging to the Goulandri museum with an interesting collection mostly of fossils.
An amazing monastery of the 16th century with great history that takes you back in time.
An impressive 16th century monastery that is known for its beautiful architecture and stunning views of the sea.
One of the most beautiful caves of the entire Greece decorated by stalagmites and stalactites of different shapes and colors.
Melidoni Cave, also known as Gerontospilios, is known for its stunning rock formations and is considered one of the most beautiful caves on the island of Crete.
The Eleftherna Archaeological Museum features artifacts mainly from the ancient city of Eleftherna. The museum is known for its impressive collection of pottery, jewelry, and sculptures.
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