Rethymnon, on the north coast of Crete, lies on the island's longest sandy beach and is known as the hidden jewel of Crete. Since 1400 BC the Minoans, Venetians, Turks and Cretans have built their ancient cities, minarets, citadels, the hilltop Fortezza, winding narrow streets, fishing harbor and lighthouse which create an old-world charm.
Situated midway between Heraklion and Chania, Rethymnon is also only a short distance from the most spectacular countryside making it an ideal center to explore the island. Rethymnon, the only well-preserved Renaissance town in Greece, is famous for its literature and the arts.
It is a place of contrasts, boasting a long and remarkable history as well as untouched places of natural beauty and traditional life. This small Mediterranean town enchants you with its Old Town dating from the period of the Renaissance, its fortress and museums as well as its beaches.
Arkadiou Street, or Sabbionara, was during Venetian era but also today one of the most important streets of the urban fabric of the city. Lying in the heart of modern Rethymnon, it combines the oriental features of the Turkish period with Renaissance-style Venetian architecture.
The Missiria is actually a suburb of Rethymno, within walking distance from the city center, just 3 km to the east and on the long sandy beach. Access from Rethymnon is very easy with regular and frequent bus, taxi and rented or private cars and motorcycles.
Episkopis beach is located 12 km west of Rethymno and is a great sandy beach, several kilometers long that is affected by the wind. There are parts of the beach that are organized and have cafes, there are large chunks of the beach that are not organized where you can put your towel.