Villa Plus has a wide selection of villas with pools in the Rethymnon area. Whether you select a villa in the countryside overlooking the resort or one in a coastal village, make time to see this beautiful town. Its busy promenade, historic harbour, and plentiful shops and restaurants, all watched over by the Venetian Fortress, are some of the reasons why people love Rethymnon. Add its 13 kilometre long, Blue Flag beach and Rethymnon is a resort you won’t want to miss. Beyond the town, you can visit smaller beaches and villages, dramatic gorges, monasteries, and the romantically named White Mountains.
Rethymnon has 3 excellent markets, but Thursday is the day to choose if you want to experience the biggest. This is the place to come and stock up on locally grown fruit and vegetables as well as local cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk. In the old part of town, take time to browse the alleys and back streets where traditional craftsmen still make leather goods using the old fashioned methods. All the Villa Plus villas around Rethymnon have a mini market or supermarket within a short walk or drive.
The heart of the Old Town, in Rethymnon, where the residents gather, is the Rimondi Fountain at the north end of Petychaki Square. This is where you can live like a local at the liveliest bars and numerous fashionable little cafes and drink strong coffee or try some yoghurt, honey and walnuts. Around the elegant Venetian harbour sample fresh fish at the seafood tavernas as you watch the lights reflect in the water. Dance your night away at one of the bars situated in the narrow streets of the Old Town that come to life in the evening.
Rethymnon Beach is well worth visiting for its miles of golden sand and range of watersports. Close to all our villas are smaller beaches with a mixture of facilities including parasols and sunbeds to hire. Most are sandy but some are a mixture of sand and shingle.
Little children will love paddling and splashing in the sea. About an hour’s drive from Rethymnon is the Dinosauria Park with 30 different dinosaur species and many games for the family to enjoy. Limnoupolis Water Park has a good variety of rides and is outside Chania, approximately an hour’s drive away. There is also Watercity Waterpark which is also around 1 hour’s drive to the east.
The Venetian fortress, in Rethymnon, has plenty of history and it is fascinating to explore. You can enjoy magnificent sea views too. If you want to learn more about Cretan history then the city’s archaeological museum, situated by the fortress, is a favourite on the island with exhibits from Neolithic to Roman times.
While the Samaria Gorge is the longest in Europe, there is a gentler choice - the Imbros Gorge which starts less than an hour’s drive from Rethymnon. At 8 kilometres long this dramatic ravine is still special. Hike for 2 or 3 hours through wildflower meadows, then pass through a gap just 2 metres wide between the towering rock walls. You will finally arrive in the village of Komitades, where you can recover from your exertions at a little tavern.