Attractions In Rethymnon

Explore The Attractions Of Rethymnon
Aghia Anna, Amari
Crete / Rethymnon

On the outskirts of the village, Aghia Anna’s frescoes date back to the early 13th century – it is dated 6733, in the old Byzantine calendar, which would place it at 1225 – and are said to be the oldest examples on the island.

Aghia Irini Church, Axos
Crete / Rethymnon

A 15th century church stands here, with a number of blind arches, that is to say windows and doors which were deliberately bricked in.

Aghia Paraskevi, Monastiraki
Crete / Rethymnon

A cross shaped chapel, originally belonging to the Chortatzis’ family, who are depicted on a fresco, dating back to the early 13th century.

Alkibiades Skoulas Museum, Anoghia
Crete / Rethymnon

A private collection of the works of painter and sculptor, Alkibiades Skoulas, including one depicting the horrors of Nazi atrocities in Anoghia, in 1944. Run now by Alkibiades’ son, Georgios, this is wonderful and moving museum.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A small, splendid museum opposite Rethymnon’s fortezza, covering pre and ancient history from neolithic, through Minoan, Doric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman. Note fine examples of Minoan larnakes, Roman statues and a fabulous ancient coin collection.

Arkadi monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

In 1866 the monastery of Arkadi was self-detonated by Greeks surrounded by Turkish soldiers. This became a cause celebre across Europe, and brought Crete’s plight under Ottoman occupation to the attention of many for the first time, thanks to widespread newspaper reports.

Arkadi Monastery Museum, Ambatos
Crete / Rethymnon

There is a museum attached to the monastery, the scene of the self-destruction by monks, in 1866, which killed not only the Greeks inside, but a fair proportion of the 10,000 Turks who surrounded the monastery.

Armenoi, 8km south of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A late Minoan cemetery whose importance is enormous, not least because of the uncertainty of where those being buried came from. The rock into which the tombs were cut is very hard, which must have made the digging of them difficult, but in turn has served to preserve them.

Arsani monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

Close to the village of Pangalochori, in the east of the province, Arsani monastery’s foundations can be traced back to the end of the second Byzantine period (probably the 12th century BC). What we see now, is mostly of 16th century origin and later. There are some fine examples of icon painting here, from all over the Rethymnon district. There’s a small museum here.

Axos
Crete / Rethymnon

There’s not a great deal to see here, though vaulted tombs have been unearthed, dating back to around the end of the 13th century BC and the village and its environs has been in continuous occupation since then.

Contemporary Museum of Art, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Featuring the works of Lefteris Kanakakis, this wonderful museum is close enough to the archaeological museum to combine the two. Housed in a Venetian building later used as a soap factory, Kanakis works are prominent, but there are sketches by other contemporary Greek artists.

Eleutherna
Crete / Rethymnon

The superb site at Eleutherna (pronounced ‘Eleftherna’) is a must for anybody interested in ancient history and/or archaeology. It is probably the best site in Rethymnon to visit. Situated just south of the village of Margarites, it has yielded Early Minoan artefacts dating back at least 4,000 years, but was at its pomp during Dorian through Byzantine periods (c980 BC – 13th century AD), and continued to be settled under Venetian occupation. The Roman/Byzantine walls here are superb, and there’s a real spirit of place about the site

Gerani Cave
Crete / Rethymnon

Close to Gerani beach, this cave’s opening was blocked off for some 5,000 years, before being rediscovered in the 1960’s. All archaeological finds therefore could be dated to the Neolithic and predate the period we know as ‘Minoan’.

Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Another wonderful museum packed with interesting costumes, tapestries. looms, etc, along with lacework from Anoghia, and examples of basket-weaving from Myxorrouma near Spili, where this traditional art is still practiced. Closed Sundays and winter.

Ideon Andron
Crete / Rethymnon

The cave where Zeus was supposedly brought-up lies just above the Nidra plateau. On its eastern flank of Mount Ida, at close to 1500m lies the Nida plateau and just above this, a cave, the ‘Ideon Andron’ (meaning an ‘eating place for men’), where that greatest of all Greek gods Zeus was mythologically reared (he was, according to legend, born on Mt. Dikte in the province of Lasithi). It is worth visiting more for its mythological past than its speleological present.

Marathospilios
Crete / Rethymnon

This cave lies slightly east of the site of Eleutherna, close to the village of Kynigiana, as has a depth of some 150 metres.

Melidoni
Crete / Rethymnon

The scene for the massacre of some 350 Greek men, women and children by the Turks, in the 1823, who blocked the entrance and lit a fire, suffocating those trapped inside. This is a tremendously moving spot and can be found a couple of kilometres north-west of the village of the same name.

Melidoni Cave
Crete / Rethymnon

The occupants of the Melidoni cave – not far from Bali or Panormos – has a dark history. Some 350 Greeks were trapped inside by the Turks who suffocated the occupants by lighting a fire. This place is tremendously moving and deserves a visit.

Monastiraki
Crete / Rethymnon

First excavated during Nazi occupation, the dig was continued by the Greek Archaeological service in 1980, a large structure with 60-odd rooms, and some 40 pothoi vases, were discovered here, dating back to the late 18th century BC. Evacuated at the end of the first palace period (circa 1675 BC), this is a very interesting example of Middle Minoan architecture, though claims of its use as a “palace”, similar to Knossos, Malia, Zakros, Galatas, Petras, and Phaistos are unsubstantiated. Clay sealings found at the site, have linked Monastiraki, to Phaistos.

Panaghia Kera, Amari
Crete / Rethymnon

A domed basilica, with a coat of arms of the famous Kallerghis family above the doorway.

Panaghia Thronou Church, Thronos
Crete / Rethymnon

A superb church, dedicated to the assumption of the virgin, with frescoed wall, and floor mosaics, built on the site of an original 6th century basillica.

Panormos Basilica
Crete / Rethymnon

A church said to date back to the 5th century can be found at Panormos, on the north coast.

Plakias, Palaeolithic finds
Crete / Rethymnon

A recent and ongoing excavation by the American School of Archaeology at Athens, has discovered stone age tools above Plakias, which ‘prove’ the arrival (and probable departure too), of the world’s first sea-farers. Dated back a minimum of 130,000 years, and as long ago as 700,000 years, this is a quite incredible find. There won’t be a lot to see if you plan on visiting, but the sheer importance of this find, may send a shiver down your spine.

Preveli Monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

There are two monasteries here, but the lower (Kato) one lies in ruins, and may not be accessible at all. The “back” (Piso) – quite often known as the upper monastery – is a beautiful building within a stunning setting. It stands next to a bridge, and by the river Kourtaliotis. Admiral Spratt, in the mid 19th century, remarked on how beautiful and peaceful a “paradise” it was here, and still to this day it retains those qualities. There’s some wonderful iconography here and it’s a must visit place if you find yourself on the south coast. A small museum can also be found here.

Rimondi Fountain
Crete / Rethymnon

The Rimondi fountain, built in the 1620s and named after the then rector of Rethymnon, still supplies water to the thirsty passerby, and is a superb piece of architecture. The Venetian Fortezza – built by Michele Sanmicheli, towards the end of the 16th century – is perhaps not quite as well preserved as the one at Chania, but is still a splendid example of Venetian building at its best (and unlike Chania where according to Robert Pashley the Venetian lighthouse “fell down” in 1834, Rethymnon’s survives to this day). The walls are inclined at 20 degrees to allow cannonballs to ricochet off them, but the city was surrendered to the Turks in 1646, after ‘only’ 45 days (compare this to the siege of Herakleion, which was to last more than 21 years – the longest in European history).

Sealife Museum, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A museum displaying shells, sponges and fish, located in what was once an abbey, in the old town. It is closed Sunday and Monday, and can be found on Arabatzoglou Street.

Spili, its fountain and its mansion
Crete / Rethymnon

Mountain villages such as Spili, with its beautiful Venetian fountain spouting water from the heads of 19 lions is a fabulous place to escape the summer heat of the coastal plains. There is a building in the upper village of Argyroupolis/Lappa which some claim to have been the legendary venue for the “Kandanoleon wedding murders”, although it is more likely Alkianos in the Chania region. The mansion has a latin inscription on its lintel ‘Omnia Mundi Fumus et Umbra’ (‘All the Things of the World are Smoke and Shadow’), which is reason enough to pay it a visit.

Tafkoura
Crete / Rethymnon

Tafkoura cave is the second deepest in Greece, situated close to the Nida Plateau. It reaches a depth of 860 metres and an overall length of six and a half kilometres.

Wax Museum, Zoniana
Crete / Rethymnon

A museum of waxwork figures, including depictions of the great Cretan statesman EleftherosVenizelos, Byzantine general/emperor Nikoforas Phokas and Yiannis Vlachos (Daskaloyannis) the Sfakian revolutionary brutally flayed to death by the Turks in 1770 are among its 87 figures.

Weaving in Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Rethymnon is famous for its weaving and stitching; in fact a particular type of stitch is known as “Rethymnian”, with the cloth drawn upon before stitching commences. Both Zoniana and Anoghia are famous for their weaving, as is Spili. Anoghia is possibly the most traditional place in Crete to find hand woven materials, made on looms which can be traced back several generations.

Winery Dourakis Andreas
Crete / Rethymnon

Enjoy a wonderful drive on Chania-Rethymno highway very close to Alicampos Chania you will meet to this gorgeous winery. The wines’ taste will thrill you.

Zographakis Collection, Argyroupolis
Crete / Rethymnon

A number of villages have private collections open the the public, such as the one in Argyroupolis, a couple of doors down from the Zagraphakis’ Hotel, and curated by Mr. Zographakis.

Armenoi, 8km south of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A late Minoan cemetery whose importance is enormous, not least because of the uncertainty of where those being buried came from. The rock into which the tombs were cut is very hard, which must have made the digging of them difficult, but in turn has served to preserve them.

Axos
Crete / Rethymnon

There’s not a great deal to see here, though vaulted tombs have been unearthed, dating back to around the end of the 13th century BC and the village and its environs has been in continuous occupation since then.

Eleutherna
Crete / Rethymnon

The superb site at Eleutherna (pronounced ‘Eleftherna’) is a must for anybody interested in ancient history and/or archaeology. It is probably the best site in Rethymnon to visit. Situated just south of the village of Margarites, it has yielded Early Minoan artefacts dating back at least 4,000 years, but was at its pomp during Dorian through Byzantine periods (c980 BC – 13th century AD), and continued to be settled under Venetian occupation. The Roman/Byzantine walls here are superb, and there’s a real spirit of place about the site

Monastiraki
Crete / Rethymnon

First excavated during Nazi occupation, the dig was continued by the Greek Archaeological service in 1980, a large structure with 60-odd rooms, and some 40 pothoi vases, were discovered here, dating back to the late 18th century BC. Evacuated at the end of the first palace period (circa 1675 BC), this is a very interesting example of Middle Minoan architecture, though claims of its use as a “palace”, similar to Knossos, Malia, Zakros, Galatas, Petras, and Phaistos are unsubstantiated. Clay sealings found at the site, have linked Monastiraki, to Phaistos.

Plakias, Palaeolithic finds
Crete / Rethymnon

A recent and ongoing excavation by the American School of Archaeology at Athens, has discovered stone age tools above Plakias, which ‘prove’ the arrival (and probable departure too), of the world’s first sea-farers. Dated back a minimum of 130,000 years, and as long ago as 700,000 years, this is a quite incredible find. There won’t be a lot to see if you plan on visiting, but the sheer importance of this find, may send a shiver down your spine.

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Gerani Cave
Crete / Rethymnon

Close to Gerani beach, this cave’s opening was blocked off for some 5,000 years, before being rediscovered in the 1960’s. All archaeological finds therefore could be dated to the Neolithic and predate the period we know as ‘Minoan’.

Ideon Andron
Crete / Rethymnon

The cave where Zeus was supposedly brought-up lies just above the Nidra plateau. On its eastern flank of Mount Ida, at close to 1500m lies the Nida plateau and just above this, a cave, the ‘Ideon Andron’ (meaning an ‘eating place for men’), where that greatest of all Greek gods Zeus was mythologically reared (he was, according to legend, born on Mt. Dikte in the province of Lasithi). It is worth visiting more for its mythological past than its speleological present.

Marathospilios
Crete / Rethymnon

This cave lies slightly east of the site of Eleutherna, close to the village of Kynigiana, as has a depth of some 150 metres.

Melidoni
Crete / Rethymnon

The scene for the massacre of some 350 Greek men, women and children by the Turks, in the 1823, who blocked the entrance and lit a fire, suffocating those trapped inside. This is a tremendously moving spot and can be found a couple of kilometres north-west of the village of the same name.

Tafkoura
Crete / Rethymnon

Tafkoura cave is the second deepest in Greece, situated close to the Nida Plateau. It reaches a depth of 860 metres and an overall length of six and a half kilometres.

Aghia Anna, Amari
Crete / Rethymnon

On the outskirts of the village, Aghia Anna’s frescoes date back to the early 13th century – it is dated 6733, in the old Byzantine calendar, which would place it at 1225 – and are said to be the oldest examples on the island.

Aghia Irini Church, Axos
Crete / Rethymnon

A 15th century church stands here, with a number of blind arches, that is to say windows and doors which were deliberately bricked in.

Aghia Paraskevi, Monastiraki
Crete / Rethymnon

A cross shaped chapel, originally belonging to the Chortatzis’ family, who are depicted on a fresco, dating back to the early 13th century.

Arkadi monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

In 1866 the monastery of Arkadi was self-detonated by Greeks surrounded by Turkish soldiers. This became a cause celebre across Europe, and brought Crete’s plight under Ottoman occupation to the attention of many for the first time, thanks to widespread newspaper reports.

Arsani monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

Close to the village of Pangalochori, in the east of the province, Arsani monastery’s foundations can be traced back to the end of the second Byzantine period (probably the 12th century BC). What we see now, is mostly of 16th century origin and later. There are some fine examples of icon painting here, from all over the Rethymnon district. There’s a small museum here.

Panaghia Kera, Amari
Crete / Rethymnon

A domed basilica, with a coat of arms of the famous Kallerghis family above the doorway.

Panaghia Thronou Church, Thronos
Crete / Rethymnon

A superb church, dedicated to the assumption of the virgin, with frescoed wall, and floor mosaics, built on the site of an original 6th century basillica.

Panormos Basilica
Crete / Rethymnon

A church said to date back to the 5th century can be found at Panormos, on the north coast.

Preveli Monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

There are two monasteries here, but the lower (Kato) one lies in ruins, and may not be accessible at all. The “back” (Piso) – quite often known as the upper monastery – is a beautiful building within a stunning setting. It stands next to a bridge, and by the river Kourtaliotis. Admiral Spratt, in the mid 19th century, remarked on how beautiful and peaceful a “paradise” it was here, and still to this day it retains those qualities. There’s some wonderful iconography here and it’s a must visit place if you find yourself on the south coast. A small museum can also be found here.

Arkadi monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

In 1866 the monastery of Arkadi was self-detonated by Greeks surrounded by Turkish soldiers. This became a cause celebre across Europe, and brought Crete’s plight under Ottoman occupation to the attention of many for the first time, thanks to widespread newspaper reports.

Melidoni Cave
Crete / Rethymnon

The occupants of the Melidoni cave – not far from Bali or Panormos – has a dark history. Some 350 Greeks were trapped inside by the Turks who suffocated the occupants by lighting a fire. This place is tremendously moving and deserves a visit.

Rimondi Fountain
Crete / Rethymnon

The Rimondi fountain, built in the 1620s and named after the then rector of Rethymnon, still supplies water to the thirsty passerby, and is a superb piece of architecture. The Venetian Fortezza – built by Michele Sanmicheli, towards the end of the 16th century – is perhaps not quite as well preserved as the one at Chania, but is still a splendid example of Venetian building at its best (and unlike Chania where according to Robert Pashley the Venetian lighthouse “fell down” in 1834, Rethymnon’s survives to this day). The walls are inclined at 20 degrees to allow cannonballs to ricochet off them, but the city was surrendered to the Turks in 1646, after ‘only’ 45 days (compare this to the siege of Herakleion, which was to last more than 21 years – the longest in European history).

Spili, its fountain and its mansion
Crete / Rethymnon

Mountain villages such as Spili, with its beautiful Venetian fountain spouting water from the heads of 19 lions is a fabulous place to escape the summer heat of the coastal plains. There is a building in the upper village of Argyroupolis/Lappa which some claim to have been the legendary venue for the “Kandanoleon wedding murders”, although it is more likely Alkianos in the Chania region. The mansion has a latin inscription on its lintel ‘Omnia Mundi Fumus et Umbra’ (‘All the Things of the World are Smoke and Shadow’), which is reason enough to pay it a visit.

Alkibiades Skoulas Museum, Anoghia
Crete / Rethymnon

A private collection of the works of painter and sculptor, Alkibiades Skoulas, including one depicting the horrors of Nazi atrocities in Anoghia, in 1944. Run now by Alkibiades’ son, Georgios, this is wonderful and moving museum.

Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A small, splendid museum opposite Rethymnon’s fortezza, covering pre and ancient history from neolithic, through Minoan, Doric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman. Note fine examples of Minoan larnakes, Roman statues and a fabulous ancient coin collection.

Arkadi Monastery Museum, Ambatos
Crete / Rethymnon

There is a museum attached to the monastery, the scene of the self-destruction by monks, in 1866, which killed not only the Greeks inside, but a fair proportion of the 10,000 Turks who surrounded the monastery.

Contemporary Museum of Art, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Featuring the works of Lefteris Kanakakis, this wonderful museum is close enough to the archaeological museum to combine the two. Housed in a Venetian building later used as a soap factory, Kanakis works are prominent, but there are sketches by other contemporary Greek artists.

Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Another wonderful museum packed with interesting costumes, tapestries. looms, etc, along with lacework from Anoghia, and examples of basket-weaving from Myxorrouma near Spili, where this traditional art is still practiced. Closed Sundays and winter.

Preveli Monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

There are two monasteries here, but the lower (Kato) one lies in ruins, and may not be accessible at all. The “back” (Piso) – quite often known as the upper monastery – is a beautiful building within a stunning setting. It stands next to a bridge, and by the river Kourtaliotis. Admiral Spratt, in the mid 19th century, remarked on how beautiful and peaceful a “paradise” it was here, and still to this day it retains those qualities. There’s some wonderful iconography here and it’s a must visit place if you find yourself on the south coast. A small museum can also be found here.

Sealife Museum, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

A museum displaying shells, sponges and fish, located in what was once an abbey, in the old town. It is closed Sunday and Monday, and can be found on Arabatzoglou Street.

Wax Museum, Zoniana
Crete / Rethymnon

A museum of waxwork figures, including depictions of the great Cretan statesman EleftherosVenizelos, Byzantine general/emperor Nikoforas Phokas and Yiannis Vlachos (Daskaloyannis) the Sfakian revolutionary brutally flayed to death by the Turks in 1770 are among its 87 figures.

Zographakis Collection, Argyroupolis
Crete / Rethymnon

A number of villages have private collections open the the public, such as the one in Argyroupolis, a couple of doors down from the Zagraphakis’ Hotel, and curated by Mr. Zographakis.

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Aghia Anna, Amari
Crete / Rethymnon

On the outskirts of the village, Aghia Anna’s frescoes date back to the early 13th century – it is dated 6733, in the old Byzantine calendar, which would place it at 1225 – and are said to be the oldest examples on the island.

Alkibiades Skoulas Museum, Anoghia
Crete / Rethymnon

A private collection of the works of painter and sculptor, Alkibiades Skoulas, including one depicting the horrors of Nazi atrocities in Anoghia, in 1944. Run now by Alkibiades’ son, Georgios, this is wonderful and moving museum.

Arsani monastery
Crete / Rethymnon

Close to the village of Pangalochori, in the east of the province, Arsani monastery’s foundations can be traced back to the end of the second Byzantine period (probably the 12th century BC). What we see now, is mostly of 16th century origin and later. There are some fine examples of icon painting here, from all over the Rethymnon district. There’s a small museum here.

Contemporary Museum of Art, Rethymnon
Crete / Rethymnon

Featuring the works of Lefteris Kanakakis, this wonderful museum is close enough to the archaeological museum to combine the two. Housed in a Venetian building later used as a soap factory, Kanakis works are prominent, but there are sketches by other contemporary Greek artists.

Eleutherna
Crete / Rethymnon

The superb site at Eleutherna (pronounced ‘Eleftherna’) is a must for anybody interested in ancient history and/or archaeology. It is probably the best site in Rethymnon to visit. Situated just south of the village of Margarites, it has yielded Early Minoan artefacts dating back at least 4,000 years, but was at its pomp during Dorian through Byzantine periods (c980 BC – 13th century AD), and continued to be settled under Venetian occupation. The Roman/Byzantine walls here are superb, and there’s a real spirit of place about the site

Ideon Andron
Crete / Rethymnon

The cave where Zeus was supposedly brought-up lies just above the Nidra plateau. On its eastern flank of Mount Ida, at close to 1500m lies the Nida plateau and just above this, a cave, the ‘Ideon Andron’ (meaning an ‘eating place for men’), where that greatest of all Greek gods Zeus was mythologically reared (he was, according to legend, born on Mt. Dikte in the province of Lasithi). It is worth visiting more for its mythological past than its speleological present.

Melidoni
Crete / Rethymnon

The scene for the massacre of some 350 Greek men, women and children by the Turks, in the 1823, who blocked the entrance and lit a fire, suffocating those trapped inside. This is a tremendously moving spot and can be found a couple of kilometres north-west of the village of the same name.

Melidoni Cave
Crete / Rethymnon

The occupants of the Melidoni cave – not far from Bali or Panormos – has a dark history. Some 350 Greeks were trapped inside by the Turks who suffocated the occupants by lighting a fire. This place is tremendously moving and deserves a visit.

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Winery Dourakis Andreas
Crete / Rethymnon

Enjoy a wonderful drive on Chania-Rethymno highway very close to Alicampos Chania you will meet to this gorgeous winery. The wines’ taste will thrill you.