Activities in Crete
Biking / Climbing
A full range of organised activities is proposed in
(as well as in other links you can find on the web).
Psiloritis mountain and Lefka Ori (White Mountains) offer a great experience for hiking.
If you are interested in climbing, some suggestions for the region of Rethymnon can be found
The Samaria gorge
is one of the most famous European gorges, so if you have time and you like hiking, you should explore it.
Other (shorter) gorges
(e.g. the Aradena gorge),
for a full description of paths and level of difficultly, see
. Note that you can set criteria regarding the location, the path length and the level of difficulty.
Water sports/sea activities
Crete offers a great range of water activities including kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing. You can find suggestions
Places to visit
entire list of museums
you can check this link and choose depending on your personal interests. Here are a few that are easy to reach:
Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
hosts a very important collection of artifacts from the Bronze-age Minoan culture.
Historical Museum of Crete
in Heraklion offers a view of Cretan history from the early Christian period to the 20th century.
Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon
is also interesting.
Archaeological sites inside Rethymnon
Make sure you visit Fortezza castle, Megali Porta, Rimondi Fountain, Loggia, the Turkish Minaret. You can find more about Rethymnon
Top archaeological sites to visit outside Rethymnon:
The Minoan palace of Knossos
, the center of the Minoan civilization, located 5 kilometres from the city of Heraklion.
The Minoan palace of Phaistos
, located 78 km from Rethymnon. If you go to Phaistos, you may want to visit the nearby
. It is a beach with many caves, made famous in the late 60's and 70's because hippies used to live there.
, a prominent ancient city-state of Crete, inhabited around 2000BC, located 27km outside the city of Rethymnon.
Chania is a very popular destination in Crete due to its well preserved old town, its Venetian harbour and its architecture. For more information visit
Beaches in / close to Rethymnon
beach of Rethymnon
is located 1km east of the city center.
lies 4 km east of Rethymnon. You can reach it by city bus.
is located 14 km west of Rethymnon. You can reach it by inter-city bus.
is located 18 km east of Rethymnon. You can reach it by inter-city bus.
Beaches south of Rethymnon
In the south of Rethymnon, you can enjoy a view of rocky mountains with sandy beaches. For a full list of the beaches south of Rethymnon, check
. Below are listed some of the most well known beaches south of Rethymnon, but wherever you go, it will be a very nice experience.
how to get there
If you want to explore other beaches of Crete outside Rethymnon, you can look
Famous Beaches in the south-west of Chania:
Balos and Gramvousa
Outside Rethymnon, but close by, are located the following monasteries:
(22 km from the city of Rethymnon)
(34 km from the city of Rethymnon). Next to the monastery is the popular Preveli beach.
Other monasteries in the region of Rethymnon can be found
An interesting monastery in the Lasithi region (223 km from Rethymnon) is
with its unique wine.
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