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Rethymno

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Rethymno

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.

Get in[edit]

  • 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. [1] [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.

By ferry[edit]

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

By plane[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

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 [2], [3]. To get to Rethymno from Heraklion it takes approximately 90 minutes and costs slightly over 6 €.

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit]

  • 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.

Do[edit]

  • Boat trips are available from the harbour.

Buy[edit]

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.

Eat[edit]

Pitta Gyros / Pitta Souvlaki is street fast food.

Very nice restaurants are located inside the city. The restaurants on the beach front are tourist oriented, though food quality is okay (though lower than in most of the small tavernas in the back streets). As the quality changes every season with new cooks/managements, your hotel receptionists will be able to suggest good ideas.

Drink[edit]

Most of the bars close to the Rimondi Fountain are noisy and get very busy. but Ok if you like to watch the crowd pass by. There are more relaxing places in the narrow streets nearby. Try the "Punch Bowl" just like a traditional Irish pub, it is full of curios and the landlady who is also Irish serves a great pint of Guinness. It' situated at number 42 Arabatzoglou.

For a late night drink try "Extreme" a good venue for rock music, it's in the lane between the museum and the harbour. There are more disco style bars close by. The promenade has mostly cocktail bars which are modern and brightly lit, with music going on to the early hours.

There is "Metropolis" music club near the Venetian harbour.

Sleep[edit]

  • Idili Guesthouse (Ξενώνας Ηδύλη), Panormos, Rethymno, 74057 (extra directions if necessary), +30 28340 20240, +30 28340 20241, fax: +30 28340 20241, e-mail: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Guesthouse Idili is in Panormos, a very elegant seaside resort, with careful development of tourism between Rethymnon and Heraklion. The building was recently restored to a B class guesthouse, while keeping intact the architectural features of the building and the effects of the Venetian-Cretan architecture. from 60 Euro to 105 Euro.
  • Youth Hostel Rethymno, 41 Tobazi St. 10 euros per person per night per bed (dorm). High season price (July-15 September) is 12 euros.
  • Adele Mare. Located in the Adele Beach suburb, about 10/15 min outside Rethimno, the 4-star-hotel is exceedingly friendly and hospitable. Rooms either in main-building (cheap rooms are towards street) or in Greek style bungalows. Food is breakfast + dinner, much and with good variety (daily changing dinner buffet). During daytime, snacks can be taken at the pool or beach bar. Despite being rather rocky (foot protection recommended), the beach is wonderful. Sun chairs are €2,40/day (pool+beach). After dinner a "last drink" at the pool bar is pleasant. Jet Ski, Banana Boat, etc. are available at Grecotel 100m down the beach.
  • Axos Hotel (Ξενοδοχείο Αξός), Maxis Kritis 167 Platanias (extra directions if necessary), +30 2831054472, fax: +30 2831023513, e-mail: . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 12:00. This hotel is family-run and has a friendly atmosphere, according to the owners. This is a modern 3-star hotel within 100 m of a sandy beach and 6 km from Rethymno. It was fully renovated 2009. It’s suitable for couples and for families. It has 44 rooms: 16 apartments which can hold up to 4 persons and 28 studios which can hold up to 3 persons. All rooms have: balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV, extra long beds, direct telephone line, radio, cooker, kettle, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, hair dryer, change towels & linen 2 times per week, baby cot (on request). Reception is open 24 hours a day. from 42 Euro to 110 Euro.
  • Sentido Pearl Beach Hotel 4-star hotel 2km outside Rethymno. The hotel is on the Rethymnon beach. It has 2 swimming pools with free lounge chairs, and a fitness centre with indoor pool and hot tub. The private beach is in front of the hotel. All rooms are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished. Each has satellite TV, furnished balcony/patio and double glazed windows. Breakfast and dinner are served as buffets at the main restaurant. Menu options are available at Loukoulos brasserie, overlooking the pool and the sea.
  • Camping Elizabeth, 84 Ionias str. terma (At the end of the Ionas road near the beach), +30 2831 028694, e-mail: . Despite the name it is not just for people pitching tents. Options to stay in a tent (9€), bungalow (27€), or caravan (31€) (tent/caravan provided by them, or bring your own for reduced price of 5€/7€). The oldest campsite on Crete, it's situated on the only stretch of beach untouched by touristy, impersonal hotels. Hot shower, drinking water, laundry, and wifi all free, along with a beach-view taverna. Short walk to the city centre. Friendly, multi-lingual staff. Also the home of the local sea-turtle protection group [4].
  • 2 Golden Beach, Adelianos Kampos (20 minutes by bus from the old town), +30 28310 71012, e-mail: . International and local cuisine. Cleanly, well-designed rooms with safe, TV, A/C and balcony. Family-owned. Large pool and bar area, entertainment program varies daily.

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