Holidays to Platanes (Rethymnon)
Jostling with Haniá for the title of most beautiful city in Crete, the provincial atmosphere of Réthymnon is dominated by the stunning outline of the Venetian fortress. Beaches hug the promenade at the border of the old town and are dotted with palm trees, though if you head out and explore further you’ll come across magical waterfalls and old churches. Near the centre of town are a number of great restaurants, taverns, and bars.
You'll find a long sandy beach, 4km east of the town, with lifeguards and taverns offering local food on the promenade.
A clean beach with pebbles and sand ideal for a long stroll. There are chairs and parasols in the busy areas.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
The exhibits in this incredible museum span over 5000 years, and showcase Minoan and ancient Roman artefacts.
Once the Minoan capital of Crete, Knossos is an impressive archaeological site that's well worth exploring.
From fresh Greek honey to souvenirs, you can buy just about anything in Crete's markets.
If you're feeling adventurous, why not try one of the many watersports activities on offer?
There are loads of delicatessens serving up creamy frozen yogurts with fruit taken from the local area.
Old Town Restaurants
Head here for the restaurants set amongst ancient buildings and courtyards. Many places serve wine from the barrel.
Named after the old fortress, this cool bar with the best DJs, is right down on the harbour in the old town.
Right at the entrance of the Venetian port you'll find Rock Café, a fashionable club with 2 bars.
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