Rethymnon is one of Crete’s most beautiful towns, with amazingly preserved 16th century Venetian and Moorish buildings to admire. The old town still retains its aristocratic appearance to this day, and if you decide to spend your holidays in Rethymnon you will not be disappointed. Very much a destination for history enthusiasts and culture lovers, many people visit just to see the fine architecture and wander through its museums. If you are looking for a town with a relaxed atmosphere, along with a clean beach and lots of sunshine, Rethymnon fits the bill for that too.
There are plenty of things for families to do while enjoying their holidays in Rethymnon, with the Museum of Sea Life being a firm favourite among small children. There is a stunning sloped sandy beach with crystal clear water where parents can let their children play without worry. For those visiting the town who enjoy outdoor adventure, there are a number of water-based activities to choose from, including sailing, banana boat rides, and water skiing. People interested in the history of Rethymnon are advised to visit the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon and the Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon.
The town is a well-known tourist destination, so it is relatively easy to find package holidays in Rethymnon, but it is very different from the purpose-built tourist resorts scattered across the Mediterranean coast. Unlike those, Rethymnon would survive without tourists, just as it has throughout its thousands of years of existence. The best restaurants here are largely traditional Cretan establishments, serving up delicious locally-caught seafood and other dishes using natural ingredients. Rethymnon is not known for its nightlife, although you will find a few bars and nightclubs here to cater for the partygoers on package holiday deals. All in all, Rethymnon offers a great all-round holiday for old and young alike.