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Book a cheap holiday to Rethymno with Best4Travel! On the northeast coast of Crete, Rethymno is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a relaxing change of pace. The area is teeming with beautiful beaches, cultural sights and more modern entertainment in the form of shops, bars and restaurants.

Thanks to the close relationship we share with our hoteliers, we here at Best4Travel have a wide selection of exclusive special offers for the best hotels and apartments across Rethymno!

For more information, or for a tailored quotation on any of the hotels or villas in Crete featured on our website, please drop into any one of our stores nationwide, or simply call our expert travel agents in our Irish call centre today FREE on 1800 814 000.


  • Venetian Harbour
  • The historic Venetian harbour of Rethymno is a special sight to behold. The harbour had been running long before the Venetians took it over, but it was in the 14th century that it really flourished.

    The harbour is framed by a cobblestone street, where colourful, traditional Greek houses, fish tavernas and cafés stand in a row. At night the water is lit up by dozens of lanterns shining out onto the vintage boats bobbing in line in the water, creating the perfect atmosphere for a candlelit dinner.

  • Rethymno Beach
  • At the westernmost end of Rethymno Bay, next to the Venetian Harbour and surrounded by sand dunes and hills, is the gorgeous Rethymno Beach. This sweeping stretch of pale, golden sand has long been a hit with visitors to the island. The beach is served by a number of cafés, bars, and hotels you can rent sunbeds from. In the peak of summer there are lifeguards on duty, so you can paddle out in the warm Mediterranean Sea without any worries.

    While at Rethymno Beach you may be lucky enough to see a local loggerhead turtle! These beautiful little creatures regularly bury their eggs in the sand, which depending on the time of year you may even see hatch. When this happens, the baby turtles will take their first steps as they head to the sea in what is a truly moving experience for anyone present.

  • Fortezza of Rethymno
  • In many old towns across Europe you will find a core fortified area of the town. In Rethymno this is the Fortezza, the city’s Venetian-era citadel. Built between 1573 and 1580, the Fortezza of Rethymno is one of the best-preserved castles in all of Crete!

    In front of the fortress’ main gate, visitors will find the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. With exhibits spanning the Neolithic to Roman ages in Crete, this museum is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to explore the history and culture of Rethymno./p>

Where to Eat

To help set your holiday off on the right foot, we here at Best4Travel have compiled a list of the top cafés and restaurants in and around Rethymno, divided by price to cater to all budget types.

  • Low Cost
    • Taverna Androulidakis, Gonia Village Rethymno
    • Veranta, Palaia Ethniki Odos Chanion Rethimnou, Prines
    • Olive, Prines, Rethimnou

  • Moderately Priced
    • Goules, Goulediana, Rethymnon
    • Giannikos Taverna, Palaia Ethniki Odos Rethynnou-Chanion, Prines
    • Veneto Wine Restaurant, 4 Epimenidou, Old Town

  • Expensive
    • Piazza di Porto, 52A Venizelou, Sikelianou
    • Avli, 22 Xanthoudidou, Radamanthios
    • 7 Thalasses, 89 Stamathioudaki


With Best4Travel you can have a transfer arranged for you from Chania Airport straight to your accommodation! The approximate transfer time from the airport to Rethymno is 1 hour 15 minutes.

For more information or for a tailored quotation on transfers to any of the resorts in Crete featured on our website, please call our expert Irish call centre today FREE on 1800 814 000


As with the rest of the island, taking the public bus is by far the easiest way to get around Rethymno. Bus tickets can be bought in the stations assigned across the city centre, or you can simply pay your fare with exact change as you get on the bus. Buses operate everyday, barring any public holidays.

Best4Travel Tips

  • Currency: Euro

  • Language: Cretan Greek

  • Time Difference to Ireland: +2 hours

  • Flight Time: Approx. 4 hours 30 minutes

  • Average Weather:
    • November to March: 15-20°C
    • April to October 20-29°C

  • Local Phrases:
    • Hello: Γειά σου - “Yah-soo”
    • Good morning: Καλημέρα - “Kah-lee-mare-ah”
    • How are you?: Tι κανείς ? - “Tee- kah-niss”
    • Good afternoon: Καλησπέρα - “Kah-lee-sper-ah”
    • Good night: Καληνύχτα - “Kah-lee-neek-tah”
    • Goodbye: Γειά σου - “Yah-soo”
    • Please: Παρακαλώ - “Para-kah-low”
    • Thank you: Ευχαριστώ - “Eff-kha-ri-stow”
    • You’re welcome: Παρακαλώ - “Para-kah-low”
    • Do you speak English?: Μιλάτε αγγλικά - “Mee-lah-teh Ag-li-kah”
    • My name is…: Με λένε… - “May leh-neh…”

  • Public Holidays
    • 1 January: New Years Day
    • 6 January: Epiphany
    • February: First Sunday in Lent
    • 25 March: Greek Independence Day
    • March/April: Good Friday
    • April: (Orthodox) Easter Sunday
    • 1 May: May Day (Protomagia)
    • 50 days after Easter Sunday: Whit Monday (Agiou Pnevmatos)
    • 15 August: Feast of the Assumption
    • 28 October: Ohi Day
    • 25 December: Christmas Day
    • 26 December: St Stephen’s Day
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