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Chania old port lighthouse
Chania old port lighthouse


The olf ports of Chania and Rethymno cities are beautifuly decorated with two old and romantic lighthouses.

Cretan taste

Your Cretan Holiday tastes like nothing else!

When you choose Crete for your holidays you also choose a deep dive into a unique gastronomy. 

Gramvoussa Sunset, Crete island
Gramvoussa Sunset, Crete island

How many days of sunlight can you stand?

How many days of sunlight can you stand? Well, check it out in Crete island. 

Cretan Wildcat

How about living in a beautiful luxurious villa by the Cretan seaside and then going for an excursion suddenly you come across a living creature that

Speckled wood butterfly

Speckled wood butterfly, Cretan Fauna Holidays

One of the hidden beauties of Crete is so tiny you can barely spot it.

Karydi monastery, Apokoronas, Crete, Greece

The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi

The Monastery of Saint George in Karydi is located about 2km east of Vamos village in Apokoronas.
The monastery got its name from the settlement which

Dracunculus vulgaris

Family trip to view a Snake Flower

Ready for a family trip to the magnificent Cretan mountains? 

Bellevalia juliana

Bellevalia juliana - a new flower for Crete

The festival will feature music, dance, poetry and literature, but will also include botanic art workshops and a botanic art exhibition, at which

3000 years old olive tree Chania, Crete

3000 years old olive tree! Unkown Crete

In Samonas village, of Chania area, an olive tree lives more than 3000 years!

Raki traditional Cretan beverage

Experience the authentic Raki production in Crete

Surely you are familiar with the word Raki, the traditional Cretan pure beverage.

Askyfou plate radar, Chania

Extra Terrestrial island!

While you spend leisure time in your Rethymno or Chania villa, you have the opportunity to visit the old, rusted and highly impressive twin radars on

Japan? No, Crete island

You don't have to go to Japan to taste seaweed, try it in the magic island of Crete.

Alidakis Castle Ebrosneros

Vivid history everywhere

You can almost see and feel the hisotry of this magnificent castle house. At the highest point of Ebrosneros village are the remains of Alidakis

Pine Resin

Retsina Greek Wine, 2000 years of history

Retsina is a Greek white resinated wine, which has been made for at least 2000 years.

Myli gorge, rethymnon

A green oasis in Rethymno

Just half an hour from Rethymno or 5 minutes from Roussospiti village you can find this lush green, almost tropical paradise of Myli gorge and it's

Dam and Lake in Rethymno, Crete

A New Lake is born!Holiday exploration.

Maybe you’ve been too much time away from Crete. It’s about time to come back. A new impressive lake is born in Rethymno.

Eleftherna excavation site, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Eleftherna, important ancient settlement

Eleutherna, was an ancient city-state in Crete, which lies 25 km southeast of Rethymno. Archaeologists excavated the site, located on a narrow

Sunset in Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Rethymno's unforgettable Sunsets

Are you living a great love story? Well, enjoy your most romantic moments in this extraordinary island!

Old ruined houses in Mixirouma, Rethymnon, Crete

Old meets new

Just a few minutes drive from this great villa in yhe center of Crete island, you can discover this unthouched old ruined village, attached to the

Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek was here!

Walk on the same village paths that Zorba the Greek created his myth!

Yious Kambos

Springtime is here!

The spring has arrived, but when it arrives on this magnificent island, then...

Church Rethymno Crete

Gods love Crete

And they express their love and devotion by building their churches in the most beautiful places of the island.

Folklore museum, Asteri, Rethymno, Crete

A vivid folklore museum, full of history & passion

In Asteri village, just a few minutes drive from Rethymno town, you have the opportunity to visit a really vivid folklore museum, all setup by the

Caretta-Caretta sea turtle

Caretta Caretta Sea Turtle

Caretta-Caretta sea turtle (loggerhead turtle) is the only species of Mediterranean sea-turtles that nests in Crete and Greece. Sea turtles are

South coast, Crete

The end of the rainbow

Crete, it's a mythical place waiting to be discovered.

Wild orchid Crete

Wild Orchids Paradise

In the middle of Crete island, in just 30 minutes drive from Rethymno town lies this beautiful Gious Kambos plateau.

Paleontological Museum Rethymnon Crete

Paleontological Museum Rethymnon

The Temple of Mastaba, with the characteristic 9-dome architecture, is an authentic monument of Rethymnon and has been conceded to GNHM following a

Plakias, Rethymno, Crete

Windsurfers fun time!

At the south coast of Crete island lies the famous village of Plakias with the beautiful sunsets and the vivid night life.

Small church in Rethymno

A jewel for your pleasure

You just have to turn your head and a small undiscoverd jewel is waiting there! Reach out and embrace it. 

Easter bonfire Crete

Easter in Crete

Nowhere in the world is the Easter week experienced as intense as in Crete. Nature is at her best during this period and the Easter activities

archaeological museum rethymnon

Archaeological museum of Rethymno

The Archaeological Museum of Rethymno belongs to the national Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities Conservancy. Since 1991 it is housed in the

Renaissance door in Rethymno

Renaissance aroma all over Rethymno

The feel of the renaissance atmosphere is vivid everywhere in Rethymno town.

Rethymno inland

Like this beautiful traditional village, lost among the olive trees and lost in time...

Classical Guitar Live

Panagiotis Margaris classical guitar concert in Ibrahim Han hill, in fortezza Rethymno, 30 July.

Relax by your swimming pool, in your holiday villa

Aristophane's Plutos (Wealth)

Aristophanes. Unique, Extraordinary, Magnificent. Always modern.

Be there, in Rethymno's Fortezza Venetian fortress, at July  27.

Socrates Apology

Socrates Apology

Ever heard how the ancient Greeks were talking to each other? This 2016 Creta holiday summer gives you this opportunity.

Aeschylus Oresteia

Aeschylus Oresteia in Fortezza Rethymnon

A classic play in Rethymnon in the Venetian castle of Fortezza.


Erotokritos Theatre is about love

One of the masterpieces of the Cretan and Greek literature is Erotokritos, by Vicenzos Kornaros.

Cyrano de Bergerac

While staying in your holiday villa in Crete, don't miss at the 10 and 11 July 2016 in Rethymnon an excellent theatrical performance of these great

Cretan Diet Festival 2016

Don't miss the tastes and the music and the dance of this Rethymno Cretan Diet Festival.

Kalliston villa Rethymno Crete Greece

Jewels everywhere you look

This stunning residence offers a panoramic view that extends all the way to the mountainous Cretan landscape and the azure Aegean sea. Located just

Rethymno Days 2016

Rethymno days 2016

Yes, it's this great time of the year. From 13 May to 1 June a multitude of events in Rethymno town. It's Rethymno Days 2016. Don't miss it. Check the

Cretan wine Festival Rethymno

Rethymno Wine Festival 2016

With the participation of more and more citizens, a lot of fun, passion and desire we have prepared our Wine Festival this year again. Inspired by the

Sfendoni Cave,Rethymno

The impressive Sfendoni Cave, Zoniana

The Sfendoni cave is in the Zoniana village, 43 km from Rethymno town. It is 3000 sq.m. and you can Admire it via its 270m organized route. 

Rethymno Carnival

History of Rethymno carnival

In 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno.

Rethymno Carnival 2016

Carnival in Rethymno 2016

The official poster and the events schedule are ready! Check them out.

Ross Daly

Ross Daly distributes his music for free

In a rare move of magnanimity, Ross Daly, the "giant" of world music, creator of the Labyrinth and inspirer of our favorite Houdetsi Festival, in

Exhibition “Whispers”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

Exhibition “Whispers”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete presents the exhibition “Whispers”, a new production that traces situations-cries expressed discreetly and

Preveli palm trees

The famous palm forest of Preveli, Rethymno

One of the most beautiful places on Crete, Preveli Beach, is located on the south coast of the island, not far away from the city of Rethymnon. This

Wasp skin

Fragile souvenir from Crete

Yes, it's about time to see your summer holidays from another perspective.

Sunrise over Crete, from Gavdos island

Gavdos, the southest...

Choose wisely one of our serenity villas at the south coast of Crete and visit Gavdos island in a trip to the southern part of Europe.

Snow and sea, from the White mountains, Crete

More than sea & sun...

Crete is not only the beautiful sea and the sun. It's the majestic mountains too.

Cretan mountains

Mounteneering Holidays in Crete

You know the Cretan beaches and the beautiful Aegean sea, but what about the Cretan mountains?

Traditional village, Apokoronas, Chania, Crete
Traditional village, Apokoronas, Chania, Crete

Sightseeing holidays among traditional villages, Apokoronas, Chania

The Apokoronas extends from the foothills of the White Mountains north to the coast, in a wide plain with rolling hills.  The area is very green

Church in Kallikratis plateau
Church in Kallikratis plateau

Exploration holidays in Crete, Kallikratis plateau

The church of the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael is a very interesting monument in the Kallikratis plateau.

Sandflower in Plakias, Rethymno, Crete

The beautiful beach and village of Plakias

Just half an hour from Rethymno city you reach the south coast and the beautiful Plakias area.

Karidi monastery Apokoronas Chania Crete

Old monastery romantic visit

Not only the famous monasteries of Crete are worth visiting, but there are many more very interesting and beautiful.

Old olive mills rare excursion in Rethymno

Still visitable in various places in Crete island. Some in ghost villages, some amongst the traditional villages and some in the countryside.

Sahara desert in Crete island!

Sahara desert in Crete?

Sahara desert in Crete? Did you mixed your travel maps? Welcome to Crete island!

Matala, Crete, Beach festival 2015

Still alive! Matala, Crete

Yes the 60's were great. So it is today! In Matala, at the south coast of Crete island, and the big variety of villas and hotels, the passion is still

Rare Cretan mushroom

Magic mushroom or Magic island?

If for once you leave the comfort of your amazing Cretan villa and navigate in the mainland, great surprises are waiting you there.

Blue Flag

89 Blue Flag awarded Cretan beaches

In 2015, 89 Crete island beaches awarded with the Blue Flag Award, just as the previous years.

The whole Greek country also awarded with 395 Blue

Hidden treasures of Crete

Hidden Treasures 1

So as you visit the south coast of Crete, you may come across this magnificent canyon that starts in the heart of the mainland and ends in the magical

Crete Sites Distances

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Rethymnon Association
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Ari Velouhioti 1 & Eleftherias Street,
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Crete Greece

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