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Rethymno, Crete’s third largest city, sits between Chania and Heraklion on Crete’s north coast. Thanks to the Ottomans and Venetians this area is peppered with historic sites and natural wonders, with a mix of mosques and Renaissance buildings, along with a huge fortress. The harbour provides a modern lively atmosphere with restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. The contrast of new and old makes it the perfect base for both families and couples to book a villa holiday.

Things to do in Rethymno

The old town is full of narrow streets and stunning Renaissance buildings along with all manner of local art and craft souvenir shops. There are plenty of cafes, bars and tavernas to stop off for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink in the sunshine. Our villas in Rethymno provide the perfect base from which to explore.


History and Culture in Rethymno

A trip up the hill to the Venetian fortress, offers you stunning views of the town and the sea below. Seek out the orthodox chapel nestled amongst ancient pine trees and visit the old mosque. Wander through the narrow streets and alleyways with arched doorways and stone staircases giving you a real tangled taste of all types of local heritage. Rethymno’s harbour, with its old castle and sea wall at its perimeter, has an old and new feel to it.

Head out west and you will find remnants of an old waterfront fort and Moorish architecture. A half hour drive gets you to the Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, once the scene of a bloody Turkish siege. This holy place is now a peaceful oasis of golden stone buildings and flower filled courtyard.

Family holidays in Rethymno

The family will love a beach villa holiday here, with approximately 12km of golden sand beach to explore, there is plenty of sand to go around for that all important sand castle building. Here you have all the facilities you would expect to find, with sun loungers, parasols and beach cafes a plenty. If you are looking for something a little quieter head out west to Episkopi Beach where you can find more peaceful surroundings.

Adventurous activities in Rethymno

Swimming is a favourite pastime here, and is the best way to cool off from the warm sunshine. There are all manner of water sports available to try, including jet skiing and paragliding, ideal for fun filled days. Rethymno is perfect for those who like to get out and about. Take a hike in the unspoiled countryside, walk through olive groves and citrus trees, and along streams which used to power the now deserted watermills.

Romance in Rethymno

Make your stay a romantic one by watching the daily sunrise and sunset together from your Rethymno beachfront villa. Spend the days exploring both the old and new world, or simply relax in each other's company on the beach, or perhaps by your own private pool. If you are looking for a laid back pace of life, head to the nearby secluded coves, where you can enjoy total privacy. Dine out under the stars in one of the many beach front restaurants offering the freshest local catch of the day.

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