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What to Do in Rethymnon, Crete

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While on the island of Crete, it is easy to have the impression that it’s tucked a bit out of the way from the rest of Greece. Though it is definitely part of the country as a whole, the island is self sustaining, which gives it the impression that it exists in its own little world. For those who are traveling here, it is easy to get lost – in a good way. On Crete, you can easily relax and enjoy life, no matter what you decide to do.

Many people tend to stay in some of the larger resort areas, or one of the larger cities. However, Rethymnon is worth a visit, too. It is about 60 kilometers away from Chania and 80 kilometers away from Heraklion, which means that you can easily visit no matter where on the island you are. Here’s a look at what you can do while visiting this area of Crete:

Venetian Fortress (Fortezza)

If you have time to visit nothing else while in Rethymnon, you should visit the old fortress, which was built when the Venetians occupied on the island. You’ll need to pay a small admission fee in order to explore inside the fortress and maybe even take a tour if you want to learn more about the history. However, you can also walk around near it and explore it from the outside. It’s possible to get some great photographs this way.

Rethymnon Old Town

Besides exploring the fortress, you’ll also want to visit the Old Town area in Rethymnon. The fortress is actually in this area of the city, too, but there is so much more to see here than that. If you want a great place to do some shopping or eat in a great restaurant or cafe, this is where you should go. Not only that, but it is pleasant to meander in and out of the old streets and soak up the feeling of a true Greek city.observe traditional Greek life.

Rethymnon Beaches

If you aren’t in the mood to walk the streets or do some sightseeing, consider heading to the beach! There are several beaches in the Rethymnon area, which means that you are sure to find one that you will love. For example, Platanias Beach is only about 4 kilometers away from the city, Enetiko Beach is about 1 kilometer away, and Perivolia Beach is 2 kilometers away. Each of these beaches will give you the chance to relax in the sun and enjoy the sand and water.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon

The island of Crete has a rich history, and some of this is on display at the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon. Crete is one of the places in Greece that has been inhabited for the longest, so the artifacts that are uncovered from dig sites throughout the island date far back into Ancient Greece. This island was the hub of the Minoan civilization, and many of these artifacts are on display here.

While on Rethymnon, you should consider spending time at all these top places.

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