Swimming in Rethymnon

Rethymnon’s north coast is ideal for those who ideal for those who like a good swim, with beaches in abundance. Most of these lie east of the city, though Petres is an exception. The golden sands of Georgioupolis, whilst officially in the province of Chania, is considerably closer to Rethymnon, and can easily be reached by car or bus.

Beaches to the east, start with Rethymnon’s own sandy beach, but Perivolia beach is only a couple of KMs east, and Platanias a couple of kilometres further. Further along the coast, a very long stretch of sandy coastline can be found at Adele. Bali has three lovely beaches and plenty of places to eat and drink. Panormos, a charming fishing village just a few kilometres west of Bali is similarly a nice place to while away the afternoon or to relax for a fortnight.

South coast resorts include, Aghia Galini, where the facilities are excellent, though it can get overrun in the height of the season (relatively close by is the beach of Aghios Georgios, which can be quite secluded). Plakias and Damnoni have a number of coves and bays around here, as well as a nice stretch of coastline with bars and tavernas in the village of Plakias itself. There's also the lesser-known Rodakino, which is the beach from which the kidnapped Nazi General Kreipe was spirited away during the second world war by British and Greek resistance fighters, including the late, great Patrick Leigh Fermor.


Preveli has a beach and two monasteries of which only one is currently accessible at Pano Preveli (Upper Preveli), while the other at Kato Preveli (Lower Preveli) was ransacked by the Turks in the 1820s. This best time to visit Preveli is in spring before the tourist season gets properly under way, and when the Kourtaliotis river deposits its fresh water into the Libyan sea.

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