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Things to do in Rethymno

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.

Natural Feature
“Mount Ida, also known as Psiloritis Mountain, at 2,456 m, is the highest mountain on Crete. Located in the Rethymno regional unit, it was sacred to the Greek Titaness Rhea, and on its slopes lies one of the caves, Idaion Antron, in which, according to legend, Zeus was born. Its summit (Timios Stavros) has the highest topographic prominence in Greece.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“(Following the path from the entrance of the town SPILI left and for Tavern Drimos) The spectacular, verdant gorge of Patsos is located in the inland area at the It is a beautiful gorge with a small river running through it. It has been developed for the visitors’ ease of walking, by the Forest Authority. It is 2 kilometers long and the walk requires 2 hours in total, including the return to the entrance. The elevation difference between the highest point and the entrance reaches 240 meters. Inside the gorge there are designated rest areas and a bird watching hide. The charms of the gorge are numerous: the huge plane trees and the luxuriant vegetation that grows in the watercourse the imposing high walls the chapel of San Antonios, which is built in a niche of a large cave. The altar of an ancient open air sanctuary used to stand next to the chapel; the god Hermes (Kraneos Ermis), protector of shepherds, forests and the fertility of nature, as well as the god Pan, were worshipped there in Antiquity ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Taverna
“Tavern "Drymos" is located in a natural green environment and is crossed by small tributaries. Next to it there is the gorge of St. Anthony of Patsos (the place of cult of Kranaios Hermes and God Panna in ancient times) where you can enjoy the walk before or after your meal. The "Drymos" tavern is 2 km away from the property. On the way we meet the famous River Dam. Traditional meals are served daily from the kitchen. It is offered for any kind of social events. All visitors of the "Drymos" can tour the zoo, the specially designed folklore museum and our orchard.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“After the completion of the Potamon Dam lake , the conditions for even greater attraction and presence of birds in the municipality of Amari area were created . The dam is in a great location, in a green valley and was constructed to meet the increasing water needs for irrigation of the wider area of Rethymnon .The dam was built in recent years in a position north of the village and of Patsos Gorge that had as a result the active transformation of the landscape since the small closed valley of Potamon now hosts a lake which is already working as an artificial wetland of great interest because it forms a new attraction area of recreational and tourism activities. Biologically speaking, it already seems to host a significant population of migratory birds , not to mention the important presence of endangered species such as the Ferruginous Duck. Its reservoir contains a significant amount of water.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“The famous and highest mountain on Crete, is worth visiting! Interesting features are the plateau of Nida, Ideon Andron Cave and the forest of Ruva on the east side.”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“Amari Dam Reservoir (Fragma Potamon) is worth visiting for its natural beauty and beautiful dam lake! A nice drive through the Cretan country side! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Gious Kambos Plateau is located on the western edge of Psiloritis. It is a small but very special plateau, which is full of flowers during spring, with beautiful colours, as thousands of endemic tulips and many rare orchids, for a sweet-smelling carpet, a paradise of the biologists due to its great floral biodiversity. The plateau can be accessed through Gerakari or Kissos villages.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
Natural Feature
“"Drymos" tavern-cafe is a wooden, airy and traditional tavern just before the entrance of the St. Anthony's Gorge in Patsos. Probably after a good walk through the Gorge, visitors can indulge themselves with some traditionally grilled local meat (antikristo) or other local dishes. The tavern is large enough to accommodate large groups of people and sometimes, visitors may also stumble upon traditional Cretan feasts that take place in the area. Within the premises of the tavern, visitors can also view stables of local farm animals, such as donkeys or Cretan goats.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 4
  • 1 local recommends
Church
“The church of Panagia was built in the 14th century...with well preserved murals...and many visitors from all over the world every year...”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“Triopetra consists mainly of two beaches, which are separated by a small peninsula. At the edge of the peninsula, in the sea, three majestic rocks rise. Triopetra is named after these rocks, since it means “Three Rocks””
  • 2 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
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Restaurant
“Επισκεφτείτε το για φαγητό αλλά και για αγορά ντόπιων προιοντων από το κρεοπωλείο του”
  • 2 locals recommend