Beach time tops the priority list during holidays to the Rethymnon area, but if you’re willing to leave your sunlounger, you’ll be rewarded by the region’s history and locally-made wine.
Beaches that go the distance
It’s the beaches that turn heads in the Rethymnon area. This part of north-east Crete has some of the best stretches of sand on the island. The main town beach is so long, you could run a half-marathon along its length. Most beaches come with the full list of facilities, too. There are tavernas by the shore, watersports in the sea, and sunloungers on the sand.
Rethymnon Town itself is watercolour-worthy. In the old quarter, the buildings date back to the 16th century. Juliette balconies, cobbled streets and stamp-sized piazzas complete the look here. Then there’s the harbour, which is lined with Venetian-style town houses and overlooked by a castle.
Most people who visit the Rethymnon area don’t want to tear themselves away from the sea and sand. For those who do explore, just desserts come in the form of views from hilltop villages, like Archanes, and locally-made wine from the region’s vineyards.
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Rethymnon sits between Chania and Heraklion on Crete’s north coast. Thanks to the Ottomans and Venetians, its old town is a mix of mosques and Renaissance buildings, and there’s a huge fortress, too. But the seafood restaurants and lively bars ringing the harbour give the place a real modern buzz. And, the generous sandy beach rounds it all off nicely.
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