Site logo
Rethymno crete

Rethymno Region

There are four different regions in Crete, each of them with its unique characteristics, fantastic landscape, and a collection of great things to do. The Rethymno region is a land of beautiful scenes and nature, churches, monasteries and villages.

Rethymno Geography

rethymnon region

Rethymno is one of the four regional units of Crete, Greece. Its capital is the city of Rethymno. Today its main income is tourism. The countryside is also based economically on agriculture and herding.

The regional unit Rethymno is subdivided into 5 municipalities.

  • Agios Vasileios
  • Amari
  • Anogeia
  • Mylopotamos
  • Rethymno

Population (2015): 85,609


Things to do in Heraklion​​

A Short History of Rethymno Region

The long history of Rethymno is traced back to the Neolithic years where a plethora of archaeological findings including coins, signs, and writings of ancient historians witness the inhabitance of fishermen in Gerani Cave. During the Minoan period, Rethymno and the rest of Cretan cities flourished greatly on an economical and cultural level. From the 12th to the 11th century BC, the Minoan civilization developed rapidly in trade and culture.

The flourishing period of Rethymno begun in the early 16th century highlighting the history of the city, a unique blend of Cretan and Venetian culture. The city was almost entirely rebuilt by the Venetians. This led to the Cretan Renaissance, a gold period of arts and letters that is apparent only in Crete and the Ionian islands. Rethymno flourishes rapidly with the arrival of new scientists and intellectuals.

Today, Rethymno is one of the best-preserved towns in Crete that maintains its aristocratic character, with a plethora of elegant buildings from the 16th century, arched passages, narrow alleys, and Byzantine monuments. Still, the most important Venetian work is the Fortezza above the town.

Flights to Rethymno

Beaches in Rethymno Region

Crete Locals - Background Image

Your Crete Journey starts here

Sign up now for travel tips, personalized itineraries, and vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.