The Rethymnon Prefecture is a region of huge variety, letting you choose whether to have a lazy beach break or active, cultural experience during your Rethymnon, Crete, holiday. There is a huge amount to explore from a Rethymnon property, including forests, deep caves and picturesque villages, all of which provide enough entertainment to keep even the pickiest of visitors hugely entertained and with a smile on their face for their whole holiday.
The beaches of the area are absolutely magnificent, with really fine, white sand providing a rich contrast to the azure blue seas of the Mediterranean. Even with the best intentions, people staying in accommodation in Rethymnon find it hard to resist spending their whole holiday with the sand between their toes. There are a huge number of small, secluded beaches in the area, but the most popular in the area, the huge, 20km long Rethymno Beach has all the water sport facilities you could hope for, from water skiing to windsurfing, and from para-sailing to scuba diving.
The low lying mountain range which cuts across the prefecture acts as a huge natural playground for walkers and mountain bikers. The highest peak, Mt Vrysina (858m) is a great climb, and you can choose your route down, depending if you wish to visit some of the large caves network which burrows into the rock, down a lush river valley or an imposing gorge.
There are archaeological findings ranging from eras dating back to the Neolithic period. Many of the caves which litter the countryside show signs of having been used, especially in and around the ancient city of Eleftherna, which is defiantly worth visiting from a holiday house in Rethymnon. The Minoan Cemetery in Armeni, the village of Monasteraki and the ancient city of Sivytos are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fascinating sites in the area, and it would take many weeks to visit all the places of interest available from accommodation in Rethymnon.
The huge Renaissance Festival occurs every summer, and is a magnificent time to be staying in a holiday cottage in Rethymnon. Many theatrical performances by Cretan playwrights are put on throughout the evenings, with performers arriving from across the world.
The capital of Rethymnon Prefecture, which shares its name, lies on the coast of Crete. With 12km of sandy beaches and streets packed with little shops and restaurants, a holiday apartment in Rethymnon attracts all ages of visitor. There are so many bars and clubs that you can find any form of evening entertainment from your Rethymnon accommodation, from modern dance clubs to folklore nights in traditional tavernas, and almost everything in between.
Agia Paraskevi is a tiny village on the coast, which attracts a surprising number of discerning international tourists each year. The village, set on a cliff overlooking the sea, was abandoned for many years, but has now re-emerged as a fantastic place to get away from it all as more people discover and fall in love with the village. The many derelict Rethymnon properties have now been turned into luxury holiday cottages in Rethymnon’s most remote location.
Plakias is a great beach resort in Rethymnon. Family holidays thrive from Rethymnon holiday houses in Plakias, as there are a huge range of activities, attractions and excursions to enjoy.
The climate of Rethymnon is excellent, with really long, hot summers meaning that accommodation in Rethymnon is in high demand from May until October. Even in the winter months, average temperatures are around 14°C, reaching around 22°C in the heat of the day. Sea temperatures make it very hard to leave the sea, as in summer, the water reaches around 26°C!
Both Heraklion (HER) and Chania (CHQ) Airports are within an hour of a holiday rental property in Rethymnon. There are regular flights to both airports from airports across the UK, provided by airlines including British Airways, First Choice Airways and ThomsonFly.