Rethymnon, or Rethymnon, is a city and port built by the Venetians, a popular tourist center today with a developed infrastructure: there are many cafes, restaurants, shops, as well as a well-preserved old part of the city with a pedestrian zone.
From Heraklion to Rethymno can be reached by rented car or by bus in 1.5 hours. A taxi will cost about 100 €. A taxi from Chania airport will cost a little less. There is also a bus, it takes about an hour.
25 km from Rethymno is one of the most revered ancient monasteries in Crete — Arkadi. It is believed that it was he who played a decisive role in the liberation of the inhabitants of Crete from Turkish occupation. In 1866, an uprising took place here, which was brutally suppressed. The monastery, built in the Baroque style, has become a symbol of the struggle for independence and is secretly called the «Arkadi Holocaust». UNESCO awarded the monastery the status of a monument of freedom.
Arkadi has a museum that tells his long and sometimes very sad story.
Another local attraction is Mili Gorge, 7 km from Rethymno. There are beautiful waterfalls, ancient aqueducts and dilapidated mills. The route is 2.2 km long, and it is quite easy to pass, so it will be possible for travelers with any level of experience.
25 km from Rethymno is the largest freshwater lake in Crete — Kournas. It is interesting that it is located three meters below sea level, and its depth, according to official data, is 25 meters. That is why in some areas the water in Qurna seems black. You can explore the lake by boat — admire the peaceful landscapes around from the water. There is a free beach on the shore, as well as a tavern where grilled meat is excellent.
You can stay just 100 meters from the sea — in a brand new five-star hotel Hellas Beach, whose rooms are decorated in a modern style. Another hotel on the coast — Kyma Suites Beach Hotel — with a spa and its own sandy beach.