In the heart of the island of Crete, embraced by Mount Psiloritis and the White Mountains, Rethymno is one of Europe’s best-preserved Renaissance settlements. A cultural crossroads, a superb natural environment, special architecture, unique hospitality, and infinite entertainment options are the elements that makeup Rethymno’s multidimensional identity. With the walls of Fortezza Castle dominating over the magnificent Old Town, Rethymno combines the Venetian romance with the needs of the modern visitor. In the historic center, visit the Rimondi Fountain, the Venetian harbor with its signature Lighthouse, and the picturesque Loggia, one of the city’s oldest buildings. History may be present everywhere in Rethymno. The Museum of Αncient Eleutherna http://en.mae.com.gr/museum.html and the Museum of Contemporary Art https://www.cca.gr/home.html offer a charming journey to the city’s long history as if time has never passed.
Its outstanding natural wealth will impress the nature enthusiasts: imposing canyons, beautiful caves, stone bridges, rare species of fauna and flora, authentic mountain villages, unique walking and cycling routes complete the picture of Rethymno’s inland. The outdoor adventure is totally accessible for all, the only thing you need to do is to pick the trails and itineraries that best suit you!
Thanks to its award-winning beaches, Rethymno is an ideal destination for summer vacations. On the north shore with its sandy, organized beaches you can find some of the biggest and most luxurious hotels in the country. The 12 km sandy beach stretches along the east side of the town, where every year 180 Caretta caretta sea turtles nest. The southern coast hosts some of the most beautiful, untouched exotic beaches of Crete.
Νot to be missed: the Carnival of Rethymno, a period of extensive carnival activities, leading up to the Grand Parade with the participation of 15,000 people www.rethymnocarnival.gr. The Cretan Diet Festival promotes awarded Cretan products, offers food and wine seminars, and hosts many cultural events www.cretandietfestival.gr. The Renaissance Festival blends integrity and durability over 28 years of its presence. It is considered to be one of a kind in the Mediterranean region, a meeting point for local and international artists and performers www.rfr.gr.
Experience Rethymno’s vibrant rhythm and get to know the locals, known for their warm hospitality and spiritual authenticity. Visit Rethymno for a memorable holiday experience all-year-round!
For more info visit www.rethymno.guide
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The region is the hidden treasure of Greece. A destination of exceptional natural beauty featuring a charming simplicity. The landscape is of breathtaking beauty combining the longest sand beach in the EU with lush valleys, forests and rugged mountains. The area offers alternatives for all tastes. Food aficionados will adore the exquisite local cuisine, sportsmen will have a choice of sea sports (swimming, scuba diving, paddle boarding, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing etc), water games, hiking, rafting and history lovers will immerse themselves in the immense cultural heritage of the region.
Crete is a jewel in the Mediterranean Sea, the cradle of European civilization.
The hospitable Cretan people are famous for their culture, innovative spirit and nutritional habits. The Cretan diet is highly esteemed as one of the healthiest diets in the world, whereas Crete boasts a vast array of quality products such as olive oil, wine, honey, cheese, rusk, herbs.
Crete is definitely a culinary destination for food lovers, featuring a variety of dining options from traditional taverns to fine dining.
But what makes the Cretan diet unique among other Mediterranean diets is the whole philosophy that comes with it. It is essentially a whole new way of life that encompasses essential social values and habits such as hospitality, family life, fasting and daily exercise. Crete is a heaven for nature lovers and those combining adventure and fun on their vacation.
The island offers a variety of activities and opportunities for exploring nature. Its mild climate attracts visitors before and after the established touristy summer season. Crete’s stunning natural beauty awakens in visitors an imperative need to discover its mountains and UNESCO Global Geoparks, its impressive gorges and the unique Samaria Gorge Biosphere Reserve, its hiking trails and more than 500.000km of the E4. Each route in Crete is unique. One can encounter emerald beaches, scrublands, sand dunes, rocky summits, steep slopes, alpine zones, verdant mountains, deep gorges, dry lands, gurgling rivers, scenic ponds, Mediterranean woods, wetlands, fertile meadows, vineyards and olive groves, while the same contrasts are met below sea surface. Trekking, canyoning, climbing, scuba diving, horse riding, caving, skiing, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, golfing, parasailing, windsurfing, and kite surf are some of the activities that Crete offers. All combined with a great variety of lodging options; from small family hotels or agrotourism cottages to luxurious all-inclusive hotels.
Crete combines the new alongside the old, the ancient with contemporary history, being one of the most popular Greek tourist destinations!
Crete is a jewel glistening in the Mediterranean Sea. It is the cradle of European civilization, lying in the southern frontier of Europe. The proud and hospitable Cretan people are famous for their culture, innovative spirit, and nutritional habits. Crete combines the new alongside the old and the ancient with the contemporary history. It is one of the most popular Greek tourist destinations!
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