Rethymnon, on the north coast of Crete, lies on the island's longest sandy beach and is known by visitors as the "hidden jewel" of Crete. Since 1400 BC the Minoans, Venetians, Turks and Cretans have built their ancient cities, minarets, citadels, the hilltop Fortezza, winding narrow streets, fishing harbour and lighthouse which create an old-world charm. Situated midway between Heraklion and Chania, Rethymnon is also only a short distance from the most spectacular countryside making it an ideal centre to explore the island.
Rethymnon, the only well-preserved Renaissance town in Greece, is famous for its literature & arts. It’s a place of contrasts, boasting a long and remarkable history as well as untouched places of natural beauty and living traditions. This small Mediterranean town will enchant you with its centre dating from the period of the Renaissance, its fortress and museums as well as its beaches, not to mention a visit to the wider area of the Prefecture.
The prefecture of Rethymno even it is the smallest prefecture of Crete, it is a magnificent tourist destination for its natural beauties and its infrastructures. It is between the mountains Lefka Ori and the famous mountain named Psiloritis. The way from Rethymno City to south beaches it will not last more than 45 minutes. Visitors can walk along petrous canyons, find sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters and visit archaeologic places. They have also the opportunity to see and admire many traditional cretan villages. Some of them are Adele, Amari, Anogia, Arkadi, Armeni, Eleftherna, Zoniana, Thronos, Agios Ioannis, Koxare, Preveli, Rodakino, Hora Sfakion, Spili, Geropotamos.