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Top 5 things to do in Rethymno with your kids
There are a few prerequisites when considering a trip to Rethymno. We have summarised here for you the top five.
Rethymno is a city significantly rich in history! There are marks from every historical period– from the Renaissance and Venetian periods to the Ottoman period–all of which are obvious in buildings scattered around the city. The rich, modern culture of Rethymno is also apparent in every step; there is no doubt as to why Rethymno is named the ‘City of Education and Arts’.
Here we have compiled 5 top things you should definitely not miss while on holidays in Rethymno with your kids:
- Visit the Venetian Fortezza
With breathtaking views of the sea and city, the Fortezza (fortress) attracts the interest of all visitors. The Fortezza covers a large area. Inside the grounds, you will find St Nicolas’ Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox church—during the Ottoman occupation, it was modified into a mosque. Wander around the fortress with your kids and travel back in time to the era when this magical fortress protected the city of Rethymno from pirates and other invaders.
- Walk around the old city and discover its many hidden gems
You will be amazed by all the beautiful spots that are hidden around every single corner of Rethymno’s old city. Pull on your most comfortable pair of shoes and take your family around all these beautiful streets. You will be entranced by their vivid colors and the various smells which permeate the air and create a harmonious balance between the past and the present.
- Rent a family bike and explore the seafront
Rethymno enjoys a 4 km beachfront. The old Venetian port is an ideal point to start your cycling tour. Just follow the seafront road and enjoy the cooling sea breeze. The best part of the cycling tour is in the summer: you can stop anywhere you like along the road and take a swim. The sea waters of Rethymno are suitable for swimming, and the beach is both organized and beautiful—something that is usually hard to find in big cities.
- Visit the Arkadi Monastery
Arkadi is the one of the most historic monasteries in Crete, identified by UNESCO as a ‘European Monument of Freedom’. It is well maintained and totally worth visiting due to its prestigious history that led up to the Cretan revolution of 1866. We would advise you to do some background research before you visit to Arkadi, so as to be able to explain to your kids what really happened here. They will surely be fascinated!
- Discover the natural beauty of the south part of the countryside of Rethymno
One of the main characteristics of West Crete and Rethymno is its magnificent beaches. If you do not have your own car do not hesitate to rent one in order to be able to explore the area and discover as many of these marvelous beaches as possible, most of which are in the south part of Rethymno.
Preveli Monastery, Damnoni, Rodakino and Triopetra are just a few of them and each one will enchant you with its natural beauty and crystal clear waters. Swimming in one of these beaches will probably be the most pleasant and relaxing memory you will have from you summer holidays in Crete.