"Picturesque old town" Rethymno by Spincat

Rethymno Travel Guide: 174 reviews and 388 photos

One minute you are in a hurly burly of noisy roads and chaotic driving, long spawling resorts of car rental. supermarkets and 'rooms', 'coktail' bars and karaoke... the next minute you are in the old city of Rethymnon, with its narrow, paved streets, old venetian facades, oriental balconies and picturesque ruins.

Though there are places of interest outside outside this very pretty old heart of Rethymno, I strongly recommend basing yourself in the old town itself. There are lots of good rooms places. Book in advance during July - September.

The picture is the view from our apartments, Pepi Studios - a converted venetian house.

Avoid the long seaside sprawl - it is a good beach, but do you want to spend all day on it with a lot of other tourists?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Noisy and vibrant, but with calm corners, beautiful old buildings and charming streets, lots of pretty rooms places in the old town, good bars and restaurants, good transport links from the bus station, some unusual shops
  • Cons:Modern town = noisy with traffic, old town can get noisy with crowds, outskirts very 'touristified' with some soulless hotels
  • In a nutshell:A very good base for exploring this region of Crete
  • Last visit to Rethymno: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 4, 2005
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  • Vincedem's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2006 at 4:08 AM

    The best city on Crete in my opninion and I would love to do a walk there now...

  • jelw's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2006 at 6:11 AM

    Stayed in bed with coffee, a book and my husband. Sun shinning, nice breeze, windows open. Chatted, relaxed and had a lovely morning.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2005 at 5:46 AM

    Seems like you know Rethymnon pretty intimately. Great tips, again.

  • Karnubawax's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2005 at 1:16 AM

    Great Page! Brought back a lot of great memories of one of Europe's most underrated places! I was last there in 1990. Thanks!

  • Sep 30, 2005 at 3:22 PM

    God tips, great page about Crete,by the way! thanks for sharing!

  • Jul 8, 2005 at 3:57 PM

    I also don't like so many gathered tourists at the long beach there, but the city is surely charming!

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