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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Historic Site
“Fortezza castle was build by the Venetians in the 16th century, and was captured by the Ottomans in 1646. There are great views over the sea and the city. There are mosques, art exhibitions and a small ancient style theater. My advice is to avoid the heat and go early in the evening (note that it closes at 19.30 or 20.00). Also note that during the summer concerts may take place which means that you may not get the chance to see the theater if it is not early enough.”
  • 54 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Seafood Restaurant
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“#1 recomendation for sea food in Rethymno, really worth a try. Price 20-30€ ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Beach Bar
“The Venetian Harbour of Rethymnon, next to the modern harbour of the city, with the Egyptian lighthouse is one of the most picturesque areas of the old town. It operated in the Byzantine period (after 961), but flourished during the Venetian period. The Venetians in the 14th century started major projects to facing the problem of siltation, which holds till today.”
  • 17 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Lounge
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“From the classic choices for coffee and drink, a lounge cafe with years of experience.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Museum
“Located in Rethymno, this museum’s collections have emerged through the quests of Greek artists from the 1950’s onwards, with particular emphasis on the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The visitor can thus see adequate examples of Art from the second half of our century; from abstraction and cubism to neo-expressionism, representational art, minimalism, assemblages, conceptual art, photography, computer processed works. Usually, there are themed collections and exhibitions.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“Cozy bar with good choice of cocktails and tasty snacks. Many young people head there as after midnight it turns into a small club with loud music”
  • 14 locals recommend
Fountain
“Little fountain in the middle of old town built in 1626 by the Venetian governor Rimondi.”
  • 8 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Restaurant
“(Greek cuisine of everyday life). You can enter the interior, and after seeing, choose your dishes!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Real Estate Agency
“While in Rethymno, don't be shy to stop by our office to say hi! Our team will be more than happy to meet you in person and hand you a special little gift! :-) Think Villa... your chance to live locally!”
  • 1 local recommends
History Museum
“Rethymnon Historical and Folklore Museum To see how the islanders once lived, tourists must visit this small museum in a typical 17th-century Venetian mansion with a courtyard garden. Featuring five rooms, the collection includes beautiful fabrics such as fabrics, embroidery and lace, as well as ceramics, baskets, weapons, coins, photographs and maps. There are also models of traditional arts and crafts, such as a blacksmith, a potter, a weaver and a baker. Address: M. Vernardou 28-30, 74100 Rethymnon, Crete”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Apart from the Garden, there is an open playground and the children will love it!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Pastry Shop
“Wonderful sweets and cakes, with excellent materials, unique flavour combinations and amazing presentation by a pastry chef with a great taste. Enjoy your sweets and coffee at the small courtyard in front of the shop. Closed on Mondays. Address: 53 Moatsou str., Rethymno Tel.: 0030 28310 53667.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Myli Gorge can be found a few kilometres from Rethymno, along the Amari Road. The gorge has some beautiful ruins of old houses and water mills that once formed the village. Huge mulberry, cypress and nut trees grow wild along the gorge’s edge. At the top of the gorge there is a small taverna where you can sit and sample some Cretan dishes whilst enjoying the view. There are also a several small ponds and a picnic area.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Road
“Arkadiou Street is one of the most popular streets in Rethymnon town for clothes, shoes, children’s toys, souvenirs and many more ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Beach Bar
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“In Baja it is known that for parents to have fun, children need to have a great time! Thus, in addition to the children's pool and water slides, a spacious playground is provided with numerous games and activities for children of all ages. There is also animation for younger visitors, as well as specialized staff! It is guaranteed that children will have fun, and adults will relax!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The restaurant-bar with the best view of Rethymno. Wonderful food in a place you will love.”
  • 11 locals recommend