Rethymno or Rethimno (Greek: Ρέθυμνο) is a beautiful city on the island of Crete in Greece. It has picturesque small lanes of shops selling mostly tourist goods and a newer area of town with normal shops.


. . . Rethymno . . .

  • There is a daily ferry from Pireaus (Athens), which arrives early in the morning. Most of the boats arrive in either Chania or Heraklion. Ferry tickets may be acquired through minoan lines or anek lines. [formerly dead link]
  • There are regular bus services from both Chania and Heraklion. All buses stop at the bus station, just west of the centre of Rethimno. From the bus station it’s a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute taxi-ride to the ferry.

Ferry services from Athens (Piraeus port) to Rethimno Crete island

The distance from Heraklion to Rethymno is 80 km, and from Chania to Rethymno — 56 km. Chania airport is much smaller and far less busy than Heraklion airport.

You can get to Rethymno by regular bus lines from Chania or Heraklion (both have an airport). The coaches are operated by two KTEL companies , . To get to Rethymno from Heraklion it takes approximately 90 minutes and costs slightly over 6 €.

Bus – as with most places in Greece, tickets must be purchased at a shop before boarding public buses.

Taxi – can be hailed on the streets, but expect to share with strangers who might also hail the taxi on the way to where you’re going.

  • Historic Buildings. Rethimno has many historic buildings remaining from the Venetian occupation of Crete, including the Fortessa and the lighthouse.
  • Beaches. The good sandy beach begins in the town and extends several miles to the east, backed by hotel developments. In the west, after a little industrial area, a rocky unspoilt coastline takes you towards another good beach 8 km to the west of Rethimno, towards Georgiopoli.
  • Parks. There is a small park in the centre with a very small zoo containing some Cretan mountain goats.
  • Boat trips are available from the harbour.

During the main summer season, Rethimno is very touristic. Shops and visitors everywhere, the closer to the beach the more. They offer anything considered “souvenir”. Ask your hotel receptionists for recommendations of local shops.

Olives, Raki, Ouzo and wines are common commodities of Crete origin. Cheapest at the locals supermarkets, away from the hotels/beaches. Aside Oranges/Orange juice, fruits and juices are rather expensive.

. . . Rethymno . . .

This article is issued from web site Wikivoyage. The original article may be a bit shortened or modified. Some links may have been modified. The text is licensed under “Creative Commons – Attribution – Sharealike” [1] and some of the text can also be licensed under the terms of the “GNU Free Documentation License” [2]. Additional terms may apply for the media files. By using this site, you agree to our Legal pages . Web links: [1] [2]

. . . Rethymno . . .

Previous post John Porter (musician)
Next post NJOY