Rethymno is the 3rd biggest city of Crete and has one of the best preserved old towns in Greece. The area of Rethymno is synonymous with great mountains , beautiful landscapes , caves and historic monasteries – monuments.
In Rethymno you can enjoy the sight of an endless sandy beach (12kms long) which has fine-grained brown sand. People of the city are known for their hospitality and for honoring their traditions.
Crete is a large island and by car we recommend the top 10 places to visit.
1) Elafonisi island – beach
Elafonisi is located close to the south western corner of Crete. It’s a small island and is a protected nature reserve.
Really nice beach , 130kms from Rethymno.
2) Knossos Museum
Is one of the most important museums in Europe.It is located almost in the center of Heraklion city. 81 kms from Rethymno
3) Kournas Lake
The only fresh water lake in Crete. Located 4 kms from Georgioupolis in the prefecture of Chania (west Crete). Very beautiful landscape. Enjoy food and drinks from the restaurants around the lake and use pedal boats to go around it. 22 kms from Rethymno.
4) Spinalonga island
Located in the golf of Elounda , north eastern Crete.
This island has also been used as a leper colony . Nice daily rote , visit Agios Nikolaos city that is near by. 140 kms from Rethymno.
5) Cave of Zoniana (Sfentoni cave)
Located close to Anogia village in the hinterland of Rethymno prefecture. One of the best caves of Crete with amazing stalactites and stalagmites. 56 kms from Rethymno.
6) Chania old town & harbour
A beautiful resort of Crete with small streets and stunning Venetian architecture. 60 kms from Rethymno.
7) South side of Rethymno
Crete has thousands of beaches but the ones on the south side of the city are some of the best. Visit Rodakino , Plakias , Ammoudi , Shinaria , Triopetra , Agios pavlos and Preveli. All of them worth being visited. Between 40-70 kms from Rethymno.
8) Balos lagoon
This lagoon is located 56 kms northwest of Chania city. Famous for its turquoise waters , the wild natural beauty and the exotic scenery. Park the car at Kissamos village and use the daily cruises boats to visit it. 94 kms from Rethymno.
9) Arkadi monastery
This monastery is located southeast from Rethymno . Great history related to the Cretan revolution in 1866. There is a museum inside the monastery so you can learn about it. In the main area of it there is a dedicatory construction dedicated to the Cretan people who fight and died in this place. 21 kms from Rethymno.
10) Creta aquarium
Located close to Heraklion city. Visit also Heraklion city which is near by. 85 kms from Rethymno.
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“Al 15 jaar klant bij Arkadi. Adonis en zijn team staan steeds voor je klaar. Hij zoekt altijd naar een oplossing die past bij de klant. Statement: een goede auto voor een redelijke prijs.”
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“My two friends and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for a wonderful and unforgettable trip, thanks to the motorcycles we rented at Arkadi Car & Motorbike Rental. Special thanks goes to Antonis Thymiatzis for your great service, your help and patience. We can't wait until the next time. We'll be back again for sure next summer. Yours faithfully Yaron, Noah & Neria Modiin, Israel”
“Arkadi cars is een fijne, betrouwbare zaak met een goede prijs kwaliteit verhouding. We zijn al 15 jaar klant. Adonis, de eigenaar, is iemand die je altijd helpt en zorgt voor een oplossing indien nodig. Kortom een rede om terug te gaan naar Kreta.”