Rethymno is one of the 4 prefectures of Crete island, in Greece. The main town of Rethymno has a rich historical past but apart from a beautiful capital, Rethymno also has gorgeous landscapes and beaches.
You will find below information about how to get to Rethymno by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Rethymno and its port, with many photos.
Ferries to Rethymno in Crete depart from Rafina port in Athens and from several Aegean islands. The ferry trip to Rethymno lasts for 4-14 hours, depending on where you depart from. The cost of a ferry ticket to Rethymno is approximately '35' 'EUR' (35 Euros) for a standard seat. Rethymno is also directly connected by ferry with islands like Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Paros, and Ios.
Ferry Schedules to Rethymno in Crete
There are ferry connections between Rafina and Rethymno every week during peak season. In the summer, there are frequent ferry connections between Rethymno and many islands of the Aegean Sea.
Ferry to Rethymno (Crete) from Athens (Rafina port)
During peak season, there are 3 ferry connections between Athens (Rafina) and Rethymno every week. Ferries to Rethymno usually depart from Athens at night and arrive at Rethymno the following morning. The duration of the ferry trip from Athens to Rethymno is 14 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '35' 'EUR' (35 Euros).
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Ferry to Rethymno from Santorini
In the summer, there are ferries from Santorini to Rethymno almost every day. The ferry trip from Santorini to Rethymno lasts for 4 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '32' 'EUR' (32 Euros).
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What types of ferries travel to/from Rethymno (Crete)?
Island hopping from Rethymno
Rethymno is a very good base for island-hopping to the Cyclades. Some of the most popular island-hopping routes from Rethymno are from Rethymno to Santorini, from Rethymno to Paros, from Rethymno to Naxos, and from Rethymno to Mykonos.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Rethymno Port is located right in Rethymno town, so you’ll be close to everything as soon as you arrive.
- The best way to plan your trip to Rethymno is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August.
- Rethymno is close to Chania and Heraklion, so you can hire a car and set off on a road trip around Crete.
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INFORMATION ABOUT RETHYMNO
Rethymno Town is one of the biggest towns in Crete and the capital of Rethymno prefecture. The area in general is a popular summer destinations in Greece, due to its beautiful landscape and the long, sandy beaches.
The town of Rethymno is built on the northern coast of Crete and it is found between Chania and Heraklion. It has a rich historical background, from the prehistoric till modern times. The area reached its top in the Venetian Era, when it was turned into a shipping and trading centre. The Venetians reformed the architecture of the town and built many buildings that survive till today, such as the impressive Fortezza (Fortress) of Rethymno and the Venetian Loggia.
In the 15th century, Rethymno passed through a series of devastations when the Algerian pirates attacked it. They conquered the city and destroyed it. The Turks took over Rethymno in the year 1646. The city passed through marked downfall during the Ottoman rule. The locals fought strongly for their freedom and finally, in 1913, Crete was integrated to the Greek State, after centuries of occupation.
Apart from a beautiful capital, Rethymno also has a gorgeous landscape. Along the northern and the southern coasts, you will find amazing beaches that extend for long. Some of the most beautiful and well-organized beaches on the northern coast are Adele, Panormos and Bali, while Plakias and Agia Galini on the southern coast are also popular. Around these beaches, you can find all kind of tourism amenities.
Between the northern and the southern coasts, the mainland is wild and gorgeous. Traditional villages, like Anogia and Spili, keep their quiet Cretan vibe, while many Byzantine monasteries can be found on your way, such as the historical Monastery of Preveli, which played an important role in the liberation of Crete at first from the Turks and then from the Germans in the Second World War. Close to this monastery, there is Preveli Lake, a region of great beauty.
The whole area of Rethymno is tourism developed and gets popular in summer. However, there are also quiet places to enjoy the beauty of landscape and the welcoming character of the Cretan people.
Why visit Rethymno?
Hop on a ferry to Rethymno for Venetian charm, delicious food, stunning architecture, and amazing beaches!
- The town of Rethymno is located on the northern coast of Crete, between Chania and Heraklion.
- Some of the most beautiful and well-organized beaches on the northern coast of Rethymno are Adele, Panormos and Bali, while Plakias and Agia Galini on the southern coast are also popular.
- In Rethymno, you’ll find many traditional villages, like Anogia and Spili. They are worth a visit!
The best season to visit Rethymno
Rethymno is the third-largest city in Crete, so it is a popular destination all year round. However, if you want to enjoy the beaches and take advantage of the warm weather, the best season to visit Rethymno is the summer.
Is Rethymno for you?
If you’re looking for a place that combines the amenities of a big city with the natural beauty of an island, Rethymno is an excellent choice.
Sightseeing in Rethymno
Some beautiful places to visit in Rethymno are the Fortezza, the Preveli Monastery, the Venetian Loggia, the Archaeological Museum, and the Monastery of Arkadi.
More about Rethymno
Discover more online resources about Rethymno island:
- Rethymno by Wikipedia: Rethymno by the most famous online Encyclopedia.
Photos of Rethymno
About Rethymno Port
Connected ports to Rethymno
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Andros - Crete, Heraklio - Ios - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Santorini (Thira) - Tinos
The commercial port of Rethymno is close to the Venetian port of the Old Town and in a walking distance from the city centre. Very few ferries operate from the port of Rethymno and mostly in summer season.
There are green buses that connect Rethymnon Town with all tourist places around the prefecture of Rethymno, including Adele, Bali, Plakias, Agia Galini, Panormos and more. There are also buses that connect Rethymnon Town with other large towns in Crete, including the towns of Heraklion and Chania.