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The Prefecture of Rethymno is the heart of the island of Crete and is one of the most beautiful places in Greece. Rethymno awaits you with clear blue seas and Mount Psiloritis, there are traces of a civilisation that dates back 4,500 years, numerous Byzantine churches and monasteries, enchanting Venetian monuments. The most well-preserved Renaissance city in Greece, with endless beaches, caves, gorges and unique flora and fauna.

Rethymno is the homeland of Zeus, the god of Hospitality. The great number of visitors who return repeatedly confirms the words of the poet: ”Rethymno is not a place where you go to, but a place where you return.”

Sights in Rethymno

  • Archaeological Museum of Rethymno
  • Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete – Municipal Gallery “L.Kanakakis”
  • Historical and Folklore Museum
  • The monastery of Arkadi
  • The Museum of “Monastery of Preveli”
  • The Renaissance Festival
  • The Nida Plateau
  • Argyroupoli
  • Gorges of extraordinary beauty traverse the mountains and mountain ranges of the prefecture. The ravine of Kourtaliotis, which is 3 km long, ends at the famous Lagoon of Preveli; the ravine of Kotsifou, which starts at the village of Kannevos and ends near the village of Sellia; the gorge of Patsos, in the Amari district; the gorge of Prasses, which ends at the village of Platanias at the north coast east of the town of Rethymno; the gorge of Arkadi and a number of smaller ones.


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