Rethymno Prefecture  

 


Rethymno Prefecture - Crete (Greece)

The Prefecture of Rethymno is one of the four prefectures of Crete and is located east of the prefecture of Chania and west of the prefecture of Heraklion. In the north it borders with the Cretan sea and on the south with the Libyan sea. Its capital is the beautiful town of Rethymnon. This prefecture is rich in archaeological sites, fortresses, churches and monasteries and Venetian villages. There are high mountains, beautiful gorges and impressive caves. The prefecture of Rethymno is mainly mountainous, plain areas are mostly found in the north and between the mountains. There are 850 caves, the most important ones are the cave of Ideon Andron, the cave of Melidoni, the cave of Gerani and the cave of Sfentoni. There are lots of gorges like  the Kourtalioti Gorge, the Koutsifou Gorge and the Gorge of Amari. There are places with particular beauty such as the lake and beach of Preveli and the plateau of Nida.In the area are many Byzantine churches and monasteries.  There are lots of beautiful beaches like Damnoni, Bali, Triopetra, Aghios Pavlos and Rethymnon town. A very beautiful and charming fishing village with a harbour is Agia Galini.

Photo Gallery Rethymno Prefecture - Photos of Crete

JustGreece.com Souda bij Plakias, zuid Kreta | Rethymnon Kreta | foto 11 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Natuur Centraal Rethymnon Kreta | De Griekse Gids foto 7 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Agia Galini Kreta - Foto 112 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Rethymnon stad | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 77 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Agia Galini | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 49 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Bali | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 37 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Kourtaliotiko Kloof Kreta | Griekenland | De Griekse Gids foto 11 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Rethymnon stad | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 81 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Damnoni (Damnioni) Kreta | Griekenland | De Griekse Gids foto 9 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Souda bij Plakias, zuid Kreta | Rethymnon Kreta | foto 35 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Zuid-Kreta - Moni Arkadi - Foto van Lex JustGreece.com Rethymnon stad | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 144 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Rethymnon stad | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 169 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Agia Galini | Zuid Kreta | De Griekse Gids foto 023 - Foto van De Griekse Gids JustGreece.com Tussen Rethymnon en Plakias - Foto van paul ramaekers

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Sights and tips Rethymno

Rethymno town is a very nice and pleasant town, with lots of charming narrow streets and quaint shops. There is a long and wide sandy beach just across from the shopping boulevard, supermarkets and many eating / drinking places. The old fishing harbour is very cosy. Alongside the harbour are many (fish) restaurants. Even in the narrow streets of the old town, you can find good restaurants. In the old town are many shops. The narrow alleys are worth strolling through, look especially at the balconies. One of the largest and best preserved castles in Crete is located in Rethymnon town, the Fortezza. The Fortezza with its archaeological museum is a worthwhile visit.
Other important monuments in Rethymnon are the Neratze mosque (the Catholic church of St. Catherine), the main port (Megali Porta Porta Guerra),  the Rimondi square and the Venetian Loggia. From Rethymnon you can make many beautiful day trips. In the area there are famous monasteries at the Arkadi Monastery and the Preveli Monastery, and the Idi Mountains with the highest point of Crete, Mount Psiloritis (2456 m.) Another attraction is the Kourtaliotiko gorge and its river which flows towards the palm beach Preveli and into the Libyan Sea.

Average temperature Rethymno Prefecture
January
11.6°C
February
11.8°C
March
13.2°C
April
16.3°C
May
20.1°C
June
24.5°C
July
26.5°C
August
26.1°C
September
23.3°C
October
19.4°C
November
16.1°C
December
13.1°C

Beautiful traditional villages

In prefecture Rethymno are many traditional villages that you certainly will love like Spili, Agia Galini, Anogia, Axos, Argyroupolis, Zoniana and Amari


Foto's Rethymno Prefecture - Rethymno Prefecture in beeld

Ano en Kato Rodakino |Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 7 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Agios Pavlos | Zuid Kreta | De Griekse Gids foto 68 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Panormos Kreta | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 12 - Foto van De Griekse Gids
Bali | Rethymnon Kreta | Foto 37 - Foto van De Griekse Gids

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Distances in kilometers from the city of Rethymnon (Rethymnon Crete)

Rethymno town to Heraklion town 82 kilometers (50 miles - about 1 hour 15 minutes by car)
Rethymnon town to Chania town 60 kilometers (37.5 miles - about 1 hour by car)
Rethymnon town to Agios Nikolaos 145 kilometers (90 miles - about 2 hours by car)
Rethymno town to Matala 75 kilometers (46 miles - about 1 hour 30 minutes by car)
Rethymno town to Malia: 115 kilometers (72 miles - about 1 hour 30 minutes by car)
Rethymnon town to Knossos: 85 kilometers (52 miles - about 1 hour 10 minutes by car)
Rethymno tow to Hersonissos: 105 kilometers (65 miles - 1 hour 30 minutes by car)
Rethymnon town to Agia Galini: 50 km (31 miles - one hour by car)
Rethymnon town to the Samaria Gorge - Omalos 100 kilometers (62 miles - two hours 30 minutes by car)

Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text revised by Maxine van Hoften

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