• Rethymno


The Rethymnon region, with a population of 85,609 (2011 Census), is the west and central part of the island. It includes the municipalities of Agios Vasilios, Amarios, Anogeia and Rethymnon.

It is a popular tourist destination, with great natural beauty, many historical sites and a wide range of hotels, with the main resorts of Adelianos Kampos, Bali, Agia Galini and Plakia.

The best known places to visit are the gorge of Kourtalioti, the Melidoniou and Sfendoni caves and the beaches of Preveli, Agios Pavlos and Triopetra, while important sites include the Preveli and Arkadios Monastery, Ancient Eleftherna, the Late Minoan Cemetery of Armenos,and the Idaio Andro cave, the best known cave in antiquity.

The local economy is based on tourism, while agriculture is also important, with the main products being olive oil, wine and cheese.

Rethymnon has ferry connections with Santorini, while it is also served by the airports and sea ports of Chania and Heraklion.

The town of Rethymnon is very busy with tourists during the summer, while the more than 10,000 students and the famous carnival ensure a very lively atmosphere throughout the year. The sites most worth visiting are the very well preserved Old Town, the Fortetza, the Venetian Port, the old Lotzia building, the Rimondi fountain, the Great Gate, the Nerantze and Kara Mousa mosques and the churches of St Francisco and of the Lady of Angels.

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