At a glance
Rethymno may not have the trendy reputation of Chania or the grand archaeological treasures of Herakleion, but behind its long beachfront, modest harbour and awe-inspiring Fortezza (the island’s largest Venetian castle) lies one of the most charming old towns on Crete.
Along its picturesque lanes you’ll discover eye-catching Venetian houses and tranquil, bougainvillea-festooned courtyards, in some of which hide superlative little restaurants and boutique hotels. Meanwhile, the waterfront buzzes with cheerful eateries and cafes looking out across the shimmering sea.
The greater Rethymnon area takes in a narrow cross-section of Crete, incorporating some of the island’s most unforgettable scenery, from lush lowlands to the myth-shrouded rocky heights of Mount Psiloritis (also known as Mount Ida) and from the waterfall-sprinkled ravines to the heavenly coves of Triopetra and Agios Pavlos on the southern coast.