Rethymno is the capital of the homonymous district of Crete. The town is full of tourists during summer while 10.500 active students make the town especially lively during the rest of the year.The town’s population is 34.300 residents. What characterises the beautiful town of great is Fortetza, the Venetian fort of town, work of the 16th century, which was built according to the Venetian system of fortification architecture.The feature of the construction is that the bastions are joined together with parts of linedwalls with a big width and an external inclination to keep the enemy missiles away. Founder of the fortress is Rectoras AlvizeLanto. Other Venetian monuments of the town that display interest is the Big Door-Porta Guors which makes up a residue of the fortified works,Saint Fragiskos, the church of Santa Maria, which constitutes today’s Music School of the town and many more.In Rethymno, there are among others:The temporary Exhibition of the Archaeological museum of Rethymno which is housed at the temple of Saint Fragiscos, the Historical Folkloric museum of Rethymno, the Museum of contemporary Art of Crete, the Paleontological Museum of Rethymno but even smaller ones like the Museum of Metropolitan church.
The beaches of Rethymno cover all the needs even for the more demanding visitors and that’s why they’re considered of the most beautiful beachesnot only in Greece but all over the world.
Preveli beach is one of the most beautiful because behind its wonderful sandy beach with pebbled bottom and crystal clear waters.There is the one of a kind Palm Forest on the banks of Kourtalioti river. The whole area is in enchanting as before it flows into the sea the river forms a small lagoon intensifying the beauty of the landscape. The authentic beauty of nature boosts the fact that the beach is not organized. The access to the beach demands a 20 minute foot ride from Preveli church which is truly enchanting.
Equally special and even the most popular beach of Rethymno is Plakias. The beach is covered in blonde sand while the waters are clear and cool enough.For the more demanding there’s the organized part of the beach with deckchairs and beachbars, whereas there is enough free space for tranquility and isolation lovers. After swimming the place offers several traditional taverns and cafés while for a quick afternoon dive Ammoudaki beach is ideal. It is small but exceptionally picturesque.
Bali whose name has nothing to do with the homonymous exotic tourist resort of Indonesia is equally famous. Its name means “honey” at the local dialect. Bali consists of four little bays whose beaches are all organised and ideal for families and for those who love water sports.
Triopetra beach is one of the most photographed one in Rethymno, as basically it is about two beaches which are separated from a cluster of three rocks.The two beaches (Small and Big Triopetra) are sandy with deep blue waters, meaning they are a bit difficult in case of winds blowing.The access is easy enough and with a good road network.
Finally, one more place of beautiful Rethymno which is worth visiting is Paximadia, two small islands south of Crete.Their name comes from the homonymous local product of Crete as well as their rocky shape. The islands are uninhabited without a trace of human activity and that’s why the access can be done only by boat from Agia Galini or Kokkino Pyrgo.
You will find exceptional beaches to many more parts of the island such as Ligres beach, Agios Pavlos, Fotinari, Skinaria beach and many more.