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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“I've rented cars from Arkadi twice and always received great service. Good location in Rethymno and friendly staff. I recommend them!”
“Rented scooters first time 16 years ago, always come back 😀 good deals, trustworthy, good quality, excellent service 😀 Antonis and his colleages are always there for us. We would recomend Arkadi to anyone 😁😁”
“Have been using Arkadi for over 10 years and always recommend them to friends. Antonis has a car to suit every one. Family business that prides itself on quality with no hidden extras. ”
“Sehr guter lokaler Vermieter für Autos und Motoräder zu fairen Preisen. Die von mir gemietete Honda Afrika Twin war in einem sehr guten Zustand. ”
“Excellent car rental. Excellent service.”
“Excellent company and extremely helpful. Very easy to deal with, good prices and cars are in excellent condition. If I visit the area again I would not hesitate to use these guys again. Thoroughly recommended.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Perfect car rental service! The owner Antonis brought us our car to the airport. It was clean and in very good condition. Fixed price was paid in cash. One day we also rented 4 scooters and 1 ATV. No problems at all and very friendly personal. Drop off at HER very easy. Thank you for the good experience, Antonis.”
“even though we arrived in crete in a somewhat turbulent time (right after corona restrictions were lifted), the guys and girls from arkadi did everything and more to make our little island adventures as smooth and carefree as humanly possible. amazing service and super nice people!”
“This is the best company I had pleasure to deal with and many other can learn from them how to operate. We have prebooked everything from London with car delivery to Chania airport then after 6 days we would drop off the car and pickup very specific scooter which was Yamaha T-max 530 which many other companies claim to have which is not true. We would ride that bike for 6 days and we needed to rent a car for only one day to take us back to the airport. So the whole experience was incredible from start to end. We got the car we wanted (not "or similar") we got the bike we wanted in superb condition with brand new tyres (not "or similar") we had a last day car rented while we dropped of the bike all perfect from start to end. We have done around 1000km by car with not problems at all, we have done over 600km by bike - no problems at all. Whole rental problem has been done by email with instant reply from the owner and it was pleasure to deal with them 3 times withing 2 weeks. Great service, great cars and all done in professional way. Yes they might not be the cheapest ones out there but bear in mind that you are going for holidays you don't want to waste your time waiting to be towed or arguing with company about the state of their cars etc. Absolutely Amazing - Keep up good work and you will see my face next year for sure :) Thanks for making my 40th bday trip better than I would expect.”
“Vanuit belgie zeer goede communicatie.Zeer goede en vriendelijke service,TOP! Bedankt aan het personeel en zeker aan Antonis!! we komen elk jaar met veel plezier terug!”