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Practical Information about Rethymno

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  • Population: About 45,000 inhabitants. Rethymno is the third largest town in Crete, after Heraklion and Chania.
  • Getting there and getting around: Rethymno, at the moment, has direct connection only with some islands of the Cyclades and only from April until October. The region of Rethymno could be daily reached through the ports and airports of Chania and Heraklion, which are located about one hour away.
    Buses, operated by KTEL (, run frequently between the major towns and less efficiently to villages, beaches and other places of tourist interest. The bus station at Rethymno, (Igoumenou Gavriil and E. Kefalogianni, +30 2831022212), is west of the fortress, 15 minutes walk from the center of the town.
    Taxis can be found at their ranks, stopped on the street, or called by phone (+30 2831035000, or +30 2831025000). They have meters, but prices are fixed for the most common of the destinations and should be checked before setting off.
    There are many agencies that rent cars, motorcycles and bicycles.
  • Distances: From Heraklion 78km, from Chania 72km, from Agia Galini 59km, from Plakias 41km.
  • Tourist information: It is hosted at the Greek National Tourist Organization‘s office (E.O.T.) (Sofokli Venizelou 37, Delfini building), next to the entrance of the Marina, Mon-Fri 8:00 am-3:00 pm; +30 28310291483). No room reservations, only information for places of interest, activities, routes. Free maps of Rethymno, Crete and other places in Greece.
  • Telephone: The town code is 28310. In Greece the main telephone provider is
  • Internet: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offering Internet access in Rethymno are:
  • Post office (ELTA): (Moatsou 21, +30 28310 22303, Letter boxes are painted yellow and can be found in the most central locations. Stamps can be bought from the post offices or from kiosks and shops selling postcards and foreign newspapers, with a small premium being charged.
  • Medical treatment: The public hospital is situated at Trandalidou 19-21, near the south side of The Municipal Garden (+30 28310 87100). There is always at least one pharmacy staying open from 8:00 am. To 8:00 pm. and another one from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. Lists of these pharmacies, for each day, can be found on the window of any pharmacy, or at For First Aid (EKAB, call 166 for an ambulance.
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  • Shopping
    There are shops everywhere, with the main shopping streets being Arkadiou str, Ethnikis Antistaseos str. and P. Koundouriotou Ave. Business hours are from 8.:30 am to 2:00 pm for Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, while on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the afternoon as well, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. July, together with January, are the months of sales. Supermarkets operate Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am till 9:00 pm. Souvenir shops and agencies stay open all day till late in the night, even on Sundays. There are many different banks working from 8:30 am to about 2:30 pm, from Monday to Friday. The food and flea market takes place every Thursday at P. Koundouriotou Ave., opposite the Municipal Garden, from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm. Kiosks sell things of basic need, like cigarettes, refreshments, biscuits, shampoos, aspirins, pens and so on, with some staying open for 24 hours.
  • Weather
    With a mild climate, at summer it is fresher than the mainland of Greece (average temperature is 26-30°C) and in winter much warmer (14-18°C). The maximum sea temperature at summer is 24°C and in winter 16°C.
  • When to visit
    Life and atmosphere in the town of Rethymno and the whole island, change with the season. The tourist season starts in mid-March and gets busier in April. The weather is warm enough, but there are not so many activities yet and the sea temperature is not so high. This is low season and accommodation prices are low. May, June and October is the middle season, the start and the end of summer. Many people prefer this period because the good weather permits to do and see many things, it is not too busy, not too hot, the sea is warm and the nature takes wonderful colours and smells. The period from July to the end of September is the high season, where the most people take their holiday and the town gets too busy. Availability in hotels gets limited and prices get higher (prices in restaurants, museums and sights stay the same during the whole year). This is the period with the most activities though and the best weather. Mid-November till mid-March is the off-season and life takes its native way. Charter flights stop operating, the sea gets colder, rain comes, many shops -those working with tourism only- close, as well as the most of the hotels.