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Rethymno (Rethimno)
Rethymno (Rethimno)

Rethymno (Rethimno)

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The Basics

Though often overlooked by tourists in favor of Heraklion and Chania, Rethymno makes an excellent base on Crete as well as a worthwhile day-trip destination for those staying elsewhere. Guided walking tours provide an intimate look at the town’s Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman connections, as well as ticking off top sights such as the Venetian Fortezza and the Mosque of Kara Musa Pasha. Some city tours include tastings of local Cretan food and wine.

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West Crete Day Tour: Chania, Rethymno, Lake Kournas - from Heraklion region
West Crete Day Tour: Chania, Rethymno, Lake Kournas - from Heraklion region
$73.71 per adult
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First we've gone to wrong bus to a medical covention, but after phoning the agency, a very helpful, kind and amazing female in the agency took us in her car and drove overc140kph to allow us to catch our bus. She didn't even tell us her name. All thanks and respects wouldn't be enough. Next our guide was fluent in three languages and informed us of all historical places all over the trip. Great tour and wonderful guide
waseem a, Oct 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rethymno is a must for history buffs and the culturally curious.

  • If exploring in summer, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat for protection.

  • Lots of artisan shops and tavernas can be found around town.

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How to Get There

Rethymno is situated on the north coast of Crete, the largest of Greece’s Aegean Islands. Ktel bus lines 1 and 2 connect Chania to Rethymno, a journey of about an hour. The trip between Heraklion and Rethymno via Ktel bus line 1 takes around 1.5 hours.

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When to Get There

The midday heat in July and August can be intense, so it’s best to explore early in the day or in late afternoon. Be sure to take ample rest stops to hydrate and cool down. One of the liveliest times to visit is during the annual Carnival of Rethymno in January and February, when the streets are the setting for parties, dances, and parades.

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Highlights of Rethymno

Rethymno is home to several notable sights, ranging from historical landmarks to natural attractions. Enclosed within sturdy walls is the 16th-century Venetian Fortezza, a fortified castle complex built to protect against Turkish attacks. Also of note is the Venetian Harbor, dominated by a 17th-century lighthouse, and the 17th-century Rimondi Fountain in the old town, featuring three water-spouting lion heads.

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