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Rethymnon Crete, Greece
GENERAL RETHYMNON CRETE TRAVEL INFORMATION:
 
INTRODUCTION:
Rethymnon is the most traditional prefecture of the island of Crete, where all the famous Cretan customs are still a part of the every day life of most of the inhabitants. In the villages of Rethymnon, you may come across people wearing traditional clothing and doing things in the old rural Cretan ways.
 
RETHYMNON CRETE LOCATION:
Rethymnon is located between the prefectures of Chania and Heraklion. The prefecture of Rethymnon Crete consists of the following four counties: Mylopotamos, Agios Vassilios, Amari and Rethymnon.
 
AREA OF RETHYMNON CRETE:
1496 sq.km
 
POPULATION OF RETHYMNON CRETE:
70000
CAPITAL OF RETHYMNON CRETE:
Rethymnon, Crete
 
MORPHOLOGY OF RETHYMNON CRETE:
The morphology of the prefecture of Rethymnon is an amalgam of limitless sandy coasts and plains that alternate with verdurous mountains and drugged caves, composing an exquisite icon.
 
SEASONS IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
You can visit the prefecture of Rethymnon Crete any time of the year, due to its splendid climate and pleasant weather. Rethymnon is a very popular holiday spot that retains much of its charm and traditional character.
 
ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTSEEING IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
SIGHTSEEING IN RETHYMNON, CRETE GREECE:

In the prefecture of Rethymnon Crete, you can visit some exquisite archaeological, historical and natural sites that make sightseeing in Rethymnon an unforgettable experience.

The Lotzia, the Venetian houses, the churches of Agios Fragiskos, the Rimindi Fountain, the Forteza Fortress, the Turkish School and Baths, the Post – Minoan Cemetery, the Monastery of Agia Irini and the various mosques in Rethymnon Town.
The Minoan Graves, the Church of Agia Anna, the ruins of a small tower, the Asomaton Monastery and the Byzantine Church of Agia Paraskevi in Amari.
The wall paintings at the Metropolis of Agios Ioannis and Zomythos in Anogia.
Ancient Axos and the Church of Panagia Kavousiani in Axos.
The Paleochristian Basilic in the region of Agia Sofia in Bali.
The Byzantine Church of Panagia Kera and the Church of Agios Eftihios in Chromonastiri.
 

MUSEUMS IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
In Rethymnon Town, we suggest visiting some excellent museums, including the Archaeological and the Historical – Folklore Museums, as well as the collection of K. Kanakakis.

NATURAL SITES IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
Gerani Cave in Rethymnon Town.
"Ideo Antro" Cave in Anogia.
"Sfentoni" Cave in Zoniana.
The canyon at the region of Koxare.
"Melidoniou" Cave in Perama.
 
SPORTS / RECREATION IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
Mountain climbing on Mt. Psiloritis is a wonderful place for those who love the spot. In the region of Sopata, there is a lodge that will accommodate you. If you have a boat, you can dock and refuel it at the Venetian Port of the Rethymnon Town, Agia Galini and Panormos.
 
ENTERTAINMENT IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
All over the traditional prefecture of Rethymnon, and especially at the town of Rethymnon and in Panormos, there are tavernas and restaurant where you can taste the renowned traditional delicacies like kalitsounia, "ofto" (meat cooked in earthen vessels), apaki smoked meat, dakos salad, and more. You can also find cafeterias and bars, for your entertainment in Rethymnon Town and other seaside resorts in the prefecture.
 
LOCAL EVENTS IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
The cultural event "Cultural August", a tribute to the Renaissance, and the Nautical Week in Rethymnon Town.
The anniversary of the holocaust in Arcadi on November 8 is a very interesting event.
The festival of Panagia on August 15 in Agia Galini and Koxare.
The musical events "Anogia" in August and the festival of Panagia on August 15 in Anogia.
The "Sfentonia" Cultural Events in Zoniana.
The Children's Book Festival in August, the Raisin Festival, the Apricot Festival and the Citron Festival in Perama.
The cultural events in August in Chromonastiri.
 
LOCAL PRODUCTS IN RETHYMNON CRETE:
In the prefecture of Rethymnon you can find the renowned weavings of Rethymnon. We also recommend purchasing cheeses and fruit from Amari, ceramics from Margarites, and leather products, fretworks, herbs and serigraphs, gravures and hagiographies from various villages.
 
MAJOR TOWNS / CITIES / VILLAGES IN RETHYMNON CRETE GREECE:

Rethymnon, Crete Greece
The most attractive aspect of Rethymnon Town are the endless coastline and natural setting. The town is picturesque, very verdant, and divided into a new and old section. The latter has been declared a preserved part of the town, as the houses and buildings constructed according to the traditional style.

Adele, Crete Greece
Adele is a very popular tourist resort, with a very beautiful coastline. In the southern part of the settlement, a plain with reeds streches all over the fertile land.

Anogia, Crete Greece
Anogia is a very traditional mountain village, located between the prefectures of Rethymnon and Heraklion. The inhabitants of the settlement of Anogia, maintain the traditional lifestyle, which is reflected on the way they dress, the food they eat, and their dialect.

Arcadi, Crete Greece
Arcadi is the settlement where the famous Arcadi Monastery is located. Built on the edge of a fertile plateau, the Monastery of Arcadi has a rich history. On 1866, the monastery became the symbol of freedom, rather burn alive inside the monstery than become enslaved.

 
TRANSPORTATION IN RETHYMNON CRETE GREECE:

BY FERRY BOAT:
From Piraeus Port, ferries depart for Rethynon Crete Greece, all year round, but more frequently during the summer. The voyage from Piraeus Port to Rethymnon Port takes 10 hours. Rethymnon is also connected to the Cyclades Islands.

Rethymnon Crete Sea Travel Information:
Piraeus Port: +30 210 422-6000 to 03
Rethymnon Port: +30 28310 22276

BY AIRPLANE:
From the Athens Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” in Spata, there are flights to the Chania Airport all year round. The flight lasts approximately 1 hour. From Chania Airport, you can catch a bus to Rethymnon Town and to other villages.

Rethymnon Crete Air Travel Information:
Chania Airport: +30 28210 63264
Olympic Airways in Athens: +30 210 966-6666
Olympic Airways in Chania: +30 28210 57701 to 03
Olympic Airways in Rethymnon: +30 28310 27353

BY BUS:
From Thessaloniki, buses depart for Pireaus to board a ferry boat to Chania Crete and then by bus to Rethymnon Crete. Rethymnon is also connected by bus to the other prefectures of Crete Greece.

Rethymnon Crete Information:
Thessaloniki Bus station for buses to Rethymnon Crete: +30 2310 595-424

 
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR RETHYMNON CRETE GREECE:

Rethymnon Police Department: +30 28310 22331
Rethymnon Tourist Police: +30 28310 28156
Rethymnon Town Hall: +30 28310 22245
Rethymnon Taxi Station: +30 28310 25000, +30 28310 24000, +30 28310 22316
Piraeus Port: +30 210 422-6000 to 03
Rethymnon Port: +30 28310 22276
Chania Airport: +30 28210 63264
Olympic Airways in Athens: +30 210 966-6666
Olympic Airways in Chania: +30 28210 57701 to 03
Olympic Airways in Rethymnon: +30 28310 27353
Thessaloniki Bus station for buses to Rethymnon Crete: +30 2310 595-424

 

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