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Rethymnon is a pretty resort on the island of Crete, Greece, that's full to the brim with old world charm and atmosphere. This resort is a hotchpotch of Venetian architecture, with peeling pastel buildings, hidden alleyways and a busy harbour to wander. Watching over the bustling resort is a Venetian fortress, and just down the road you have party-central Heraklion, for when you want to crank your evenings up a gear. Plus, let's not forget, Rethymnon boasts 12km of golden sands, with shallow waters that are ideal for kids.
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Head to this street in the Old Quarter for the very best examples of the resort's stunning Venetian buildings. Enjoy getting lost in the winding streets and alleyways as you explore Rethymnon away from its beach. You'll also find some real gems among the tiny shops and tavernas in the old town, so make sure you take your time and punctuate your explorations with plenty of pit-stops.
Limnoupolis Water Park
This brilliant waterpark is a mere stone's throw away from Rethymnon, and a great day out for all ages. Cool down in the fun pools, ride the rainbow slides, brave the freefall slides and even give 'water zorbing' or zip-lining a go. There's plenty at this park to keep smiles on face all day long.
For a real back to nature experience on Crete, strap on your hiking books and tackle the Imbros Gorge. Less physically taxing than the Samaria Gorge, but an amazing hike all the same, this 8km trek will see you taking in wildflower meadows, mountain villages and stunning views over the White Mountains.
Be a Beach Bum
If the beach is a big part of your holiday, you'll love your time spent in Rethymnon. This vast sandy stretch boasts everything your heart could possibly desire on a beach; sunloungers, watersports, beach bars, sports facilities and more. It's a brilliant place to spend lazy - or active - days in the glorious Greek sunshine.
Ride the Yellow Bus
Those who don't fancy hiking into the countryside can hop on the Yellow Bus instead. This will take you deep into the Cretan countryside, past fragrant olive groves and tiny, traditional villages. It's a good way of seeing a little more of Crete if you have the younger or older holidaymakers in your party.
Explore Spinalonga Island
This mysterious and eerie island is accessible from Crete by boat, and makes an interesting excursion thanks to its past as a leper colony. Learn, explore and enjoy the views back out to sea.
If you like your holiday resorts full of traditional character and charm, but with fantastic beaches to boot, Rethymnon would make an excellent choice. Wander the old town, dine al fresco by the harbour, laze on the beach or head into the countryside. It's up to you how you spend you time on holidays to Rethymnon, but you're guaranteed a fantastic time regardless.
Pretty as a picture Chania is another jack of all trades resort in Crete. Crumbling architecture and a smart harbour mean that old meets new - with busy bars, bustling markets and beautiful beaches combining to make an exceptional place for a holiday.
As the liveliest resort in the area, Heraklion appeals to party people and fun-loving families in equal measure. Hersonissos is one of the most vibrant places to stay, with not one but two fantastic waterparks, a raucous nightlife, family-friendly restaurants and three fantastic beaches. The unspoilt former fishing village resort of Kokkini Hani is a far quieter stretch of this coastline, that's still within easy reach of the party action.
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