Prinos is a small, quaint village set in the countryside back from the North coast of the island. Although the facilities here are limited you are within a twenty minute drive of the bustling town of Rethymno and only 2km from the nearest beach.
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Crete boasts a number of fantastic local cuisines including dakos, kaltsounia, sarikopitakia, dolmades and traditional Greek salad to name a few.
Most of the nightlife is found in the heart of Rethymno old town and sea front. Relax with a drink by the water’s edge in the old fishing harbour or soak up the atmosphere in the heart of the old town with its traditional charm and beautiful architecture. Rethymnon has a wide choice of cocktail bars where you can relax or dance the night away and a selection of local nightclubs which continue into the early hours. You can find nightlife in the popular resorts of Adelianos Kampos and Platanias, including a variety of café’s, cocktail bars, a music bar (small nightclub) & live Greek dancing .
Dourakis Winery can be found in between Rethymno and Chania near to the village of Alikambos – providing wine tasting and tours of the vineyards.
Various boat excursions can be taken from Rethymno's town harbour which explore Crete's northern coastline.
Various sporting events such as Basketball and Volleyball are held throughout the year in Reythmno’s “Melina Mercouri Sport Stadium”, which is set behind the Fortezza in Rethymno Town.
Head south into the hills and mountains from Rethymno and you’ll be transported into Crete’s natural beauty.
Samaria Gorge is one of Greece’s most well-known areas of Natural Beauty, which can be found near the southern part of the island to the south of Chania.
Gramouvsa is a small island off the north-west coast of Crete and is one of Crete’s hidden gems – access is easiest via a boat from Kissamos Kastelli Port.
The Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete, can be found 18 kilometres south from Chania Town, near to the village of Fournes. Set within 20 hectares of grounds, the Park and Gardens host a variety of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal, and ornamental plants
Aquaworld Aquariumin Hersonissos and Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos in Heraklion. Aquaworld is Crete’s first aquarium, opening in 1995. Both aquariums feature sea life and reptiles from all over the world, and the majority of these animals were rescued or previously injured and have been given a second chance with a new home.
Watercity, Crete’s main waterpark, can be found 15km on the eastern side of Heraklion and hosts a variety of water slides and pools, along with various other restaurant / bar facilities.
Limnoupolis waterpark, can be found 10km south-east from Chania, near to the village of Varipetro and offers a variety of pools and waterslides, along with snack bars and a restaurant.
The Palace of Knossos is situated 5km southeast of Heraklion. Knossos was the first capital city of Crete and this monument is the most important on the whole island. The Palace of Knossos is also connected to several thrilling legends, including the myth of the Labyrinth, Daidalos and Ikaros and the Minotaur. This amazing historical site is definitely worth the visit and you won’t be disappointed.
Rethymno has a wonderfully historic old town made up of tiny winding, cobbled streets, whereby many traditional, chic, boutique and cloth shops can be found, along with many cafés and small eateries. Part of the old town is based around a lovely Venetian harbour area, offering a host of waterside tavernas and cafés.
Various Museums can be found around Rethymno town, displaying all types of artefacts: Paleontogical Museum, The Archaelogical Museum, The Folklore Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Centre of Cretan Popular Art, Ecclesiastical Museum.
There are many churches and cathedrals throughout the town of Rethymno, most of which can be visited (albeit some at specific times), the larger and more popular churches visited are: the Cathedral in Mitropolis Square, The Church of the Four Martyrs and the Neratze Mosque and Minaret.
Slightly further afield, but all within a 30 minute drive of Rethymno Town are a selection of fabulous Monasteries which be explored and enjoyed: Nunnery of Agia Irini, Arkadi Monastery, Monastery of Bali, Preveli Monastery, Monastery of Prophet Ilias, Arsani Monastery.
The British and Commonwealth War Cemetery is located in Souda Bay, 5km east of Chania.
The German War Cemetery is found the hills over-looking Maleme airfield, located 20km to the west of Chania.
The White Mountains National Park is centred around the Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe (16km in length). Various excursions can be booked from most large towns and resorts, whereby you can hike along the gorge. Good walking shoes and some degree of fitness is required!
The Old Fortress (Fortezza) of Reythmno sits proudly overlooking the harbour and old town and offers a popular attraction for tourists to visit.
There are many other ancient castles and fortresses found all over Crete - the most popular include: Frangokastrello (in the south west part of the island, 12km from the village of Chora Sfakion) and Castello del Moro (in Heraklion).
The old towns of Reythmno and Chania offer a strong presence of Venetian design and architecture.
Battle of Crete A...local event
The commemoration of the Battle of Crete during WWII is one of the greatest events in Chania calendar and features a series of ceremonies, parades, athletic competitions, traditional folk dancing and music. This festival takes place in May at Maleme where the original battle was fought in 1941, just outside Chania main town.
Chania Rock Festi...local event
Attracting rock music lovers from around Greece, this festival features both Greek and foreign performers and takes place in the old city of Chania.
The Cretan Diet F...local event
The Cretan Diet festival is celebrated in the city of Rethymno in the first week of July and promotes all locally produced products while celebrating Cretan food and the legendary Mediterranean diet.
The Hyakintheialocal event
Taking place in the village of Anogeia on the slopes of Psiloritis, this established event is celebrated for three days in July. The event honours the Saint of Love or 'Aghios Hyakinthos' with feasts and parties with a different theme each year, traditional to Cretan culture, music and heritage.
The Renaissance F...local event
The Renaissance Festival of Rethymno is celebrated for two weeks in July with theatre and dance performances, music concerts, art exhibitions and other visual arts featured in the Erofili Theatre, located in the Fortress as well as the Neratzes Mosque.
Lato Festivallocal event
The Lato Cultural Festival is celebrated in July and August in the city of Agios Nikolaos. It is a great fair featuring a number of local concerts, international musicians, folklore contests, folk dancing, art exhibitions and theatre plays.
The Houdetsi Fest...local event
The Houdetsi Festival takes place every year for 4 days in August in the village of Houdetsi situated approximately 23km from Heraklion. It is a unique festival blending all kinds of music from around the world with the traditional Cretan music and culture.
Assumption of the...national event
On the 15th August every year, the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Villages are decorated, festivals are held, traditional dances are staged and there is a generally a great festive atmosphere.
Dormination of Vi...local event
The month of August is considered to be the month of festivals and visitors will find that there are celebrations happening every day in several areas of Crete. The most important day of the month is the 15th August dedicated to the Dormition of Virgin Mary. The city of Chania is filled with festivities especially in the main monasteries of the area where guests can enjoy feasts, drinks, folk music and local dances.
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