Prefecture of Rethymno
Between the White Mountains and Psiloritis raises the prefecture of Rethymno.
Its capital is the city of Rethymno. The Old Town is built around the impressive castle Fortezza and the heart of the old town is the picturesque Venetian harbor. The modern city embraces the old and stretches along the beach.
The Venetian harbor and the lighthouse, the modern marina, the Fortezza, the Great Gate, the Loggia, the Rimondi Fountain, the churches of St. Francis, the Lady of the Angels, St. Anthony, the Mosques, the Ottoman Baths, the Gorge mills are just some of the attractions that can Rethymno the visitor to admire in this amazing city.
Busy resort is Agia Galini from the port where daily excursion boats make trips to St. George, St. Paul, the Preveli lake and Nuts islands.
Villages of exceptional beauty, is Agia Fotini and the Apostles, Akoumia, Adele, Amari, the Anogia, the Axos, Argyroupolis, the historic Arkadi Garazo, Gerakari, Gerani, Eleftherna, the Zoniana, Livadia, Kerames, the Koxare, the Daisies, the Patsos, the leeks, Peach, Perama, Spili Fourfouras and Chronomonastiri.
St. Paul is the most picturesque coastal villages of the county.
Bali is a tourist resort situated in an imposing landscape with continuous picturesque bays.
You can swim in the sea beaches near the settlement.
Panormos formerly named Castelli is a small picturesque village near lies the holiday resort of Caleta caves in the east.
Important tourist resort Plakias with Kotsifou gorge and the wild natural beauty.
If you visit Rethymno buy folk art souvenirs, embroidery, pottery and try kaltsounia ofto meat, cheese or fresh ricotta.
The important natural resources of the county primarily reflected Psiloritis, which dominate the eastern part of the region, the most mountainous Crete. The changing landscape will delight lovers of the countryside and not only: fertile valleys succeed harsh rocky landscapes and rugged coastline of sandy beaches. Lush valleys and small rivers that penetrate deep into the mountains, fauna protection areas and about forty canyons complete the picture.
The wonders of nature will take your breath away:
Preveli lagoon: at the point where the Great River (Kourtaliotis) flows into the Libyan Sea and Kourtaliotiko gorge ends, is the unrivaled beauty Preveli lagoon and the Palm Beach. To get there, you need to follow the road to the Monastery of Preveli. Shortly before the monastery, a path to the left leads to a parking • is the point that leads to the sandy beach with innumerable palm trees, an unexpected tropical landscape in the middle of the Mediterranean! The river which flows into the sea and the lush vegetation give a heavenly color on the beach, sometimes haunt of hippies in the ’70s.
The plateau of Nida: 79 km. SE of the town of Rethymno, on the Psiloritis, lies the famous plateau of Nida. plateau trademark famous “mitata” stone vaulted pastoral accommodations. The plateau offers winter the possibility of winter sports with the infrastructure available.
Argyroupoli: Picturesque mountain village in a wooded area, built on the ruins of ancient Lappa (27 km. Southwest of Rethymno). The location of the sources, with dense vegetation, small waterfalls and ancient trees, the cave and the chapel are worth dedicating time to visit.
Gorges of unique beauty traverse the mountains of the county: Kourtaliotiko canyon (length 3 km.) Leads to the famous Preveli lagoon • the Kotsifou gorge starts from Kaneva village and reaches the Selllia village • the Patsou canyon in the area of Amari • the Prasiano canyon that leads to the beach Platanias east of Rethymno • Arkadi gorge and many smaller ones.
The mountains are full of impressive caves. The Hole “and” eels Sison ‘most important is Gerani, of Simonelli (west of Rethymno), St. Anthony in the Amari province of Melidoni, the “Sfentoni (near Zoniana). The Ideon Andron, where according to legend, Zeus grew up, was in ancient times an important place of worship in both the Minoan and during the Roman period.
Visit Rethymnon summer on the stunning beaches. Both the north and the south coast of Rethymno prefecture famous for its sandy beaches insurmountable:
– The town beach of Rethymno, Platanias: Organized sandy beach with length of 20 km., Which extends to the east of the city.
– Panormos: The coastal village (20 km. A Rethymno) has one of the best organized beaches with excellent infrastructure.
– Bali: On foot Kouloukonas lies the coastal village of Bali (34 km. A Rethymno) with its famous beach. Choose one of the nearby islands within the homonymous cove and enjoy all day the caress of the sun and the sea.
– Plakias: The tourist resort of Plakias (40 km. South of Rethymno) is known for amazing beach that offers infinite possibilities for fans of water sports.
– Agia Galini: 58 km south of Rethymno, Agia Galini has exemplary tourist facilities and beaches with crystal clear waters well hidden to nearby islands.
– Preveli Beach: Area of outstanding natural beauty, with palm, small lagoon where it flows into the Great River, and white sand, Phoenix, is otherwise known as the Preveli beach, located 40 km south of Rethymnon.
If you find yourself in the summer in Rethymnon do not miss two very important cultural events: the famous “Renaissance Festival”, where you are invited to become protagonists, co-producers and traveling in a wandering through time through music and theater experience! Almost all performances are held in the theater “Erofili” in Fortezza. Truly happy whoever a summer afternoon goes up to the Venetian castle to enjoy a theatrical or musical performance …
On the other hand, the “Festival of wine” welcome wine lovers of good wine and fans of fine cuisine in a festival tradition, gastronomy, wine tasting, fun part where all Crete!