Destination guide

The delights of Rethymno vacation rentals

To hear the slosh of the Sea of Crete and smell sizzling saganaki from the local tavernas, to watch the clear-blue marina waters shimmer in the morning and see the sun paint a beautiful Venetian lighthouse gold in the evening – these are the joys of bedding down in Rethymno vacation rentals. Offering a base right in the middle of Crete's north coast, these villas and apartments could be your ticket to relaxing sand, sun and sea. They could also be your ticket to mountain adventures, tasty Greek restaurants and enthralling history, both ancient and modern.

Things to do

Rethymno – a hub of history

If you're the sort who likes wandering cobbled lanes and narrow alleyways, ducking under arches and blooms of bougainvillea, you're bound to love the living museum that is Rethymno Old Town. It's centered on a seriously photogenic marina, where an Egyptian lighthouse towers above the tavernas and coffee shops. Nearby is the Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno and the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno. The 1st is laden with examples of traditional Cretan dress and musical instruments. The 2nd brims with Neolithic relics and Roman trinkets.


Rethymno – a base for Cretan explorations

Fringed by beaches and overshadowed by mountains, little Rethymno is a fine base for launching explorations all throughout the mystical island of Crete. You can widen your accommodation search to discover Rethymno vacation rentals that hide in olive groves on the craggy slopes of Mount Kryoneritis – they are prime spots for strapping on the hiking boots or tasting oils in the local olive farms. Others will have pools perched on rugged cliffs, spilling down to cobalt-blue bays where you can swim and snorkel. Pads in the town itself mean boat trips along the coast or other culinary explorations through island cuisine.


When to dip into Rethymno

Rethymno's enviable perch on the north coast of Crete means it gets long, warm summers that start as early as May and last well into September. Months like June, July and August can see the mercury creep into the 100s, which means you'll probably want a Rethymno vacation rental with a pool to cool off in. Locals often say that spring, in April and May, and fall, in October, are the best times of year to visit. They are warm enough to swim in the sea and there are fewer crowds clogging up the Old Town.

Natural features

Cretan seas and mountains in Rethymno

Rethymno's great Fortezza, or fortress, pokes into the Mediterranean Sea from a headland that juts straight out of the north coast of Crete. Beaches of pebble and sun-yellow sand fringe it east and west, meaning you should never be too far away from a swimming spot. Behind the city, to the south, are the soaring Cretan Mountains. They lead up to the limestone crags of the Lefka Ori, over in Chania, dressed in olive groves and studded with charming little hamlets. If you go deep within, you'll find the iconic Samaria Gorge, home to hardy mountain goats and babbling streams.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Rethymnon

Fly into Chania (CHQ-Ioannis Daskalogiannis), the closest airport, located 32.2 mi (51.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis), which is 32.7 mi (52.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Rethymno?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,935 vacation rentals near Rethymno. From 1,576 Villas to 633 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rethymno for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Rethymno?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rethymno. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rethimno: 2,545 vacation rentals
  • Bali: 418 vacation rentals
  • Mylopotamos: 1,360 vacation rentals
  • Rethymnon Venetian Port: 2,722 vacation rentals
  • Panormos: 916 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Rethymno! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Rethymno?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rethymno:

  • Rethimno: 2,545 rentals
  • Bali: 418 rentals
  • Mylopotamos: 1,360 rentals
  • Panormos: 916 rentals
  • Agios Vasileios: 2,054 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Rethymno?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Rethymno. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rethymnon Venetian Port: 2,722 rentals
  • Plakias Beach: 1,996 rentals
  • Marine Life Museum: 2,748 rentals
  • Rethymnon Lighthouse: 2,725 rentals
  • University of Crete: 2,790 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rethymno listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.