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public advice for coronavirus

As the number of coronavirus cases in Greece rose health authorities called on people to stay at home and avoid exposure to potential infection.


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Rethymno Carnival is cancelled

Rethymno has canceled all its scheduled Carnival festivities


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Rethymno Carnival recycling program 'Every Can Counts'

     Contribute meaningfully to the "circular economy" during Rethymno Carnival ...


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Rethymno’s Carnival 2020

Rethymno’s Carnival 2020. Rethymno, through every event organized., expresses its unique identity; an identity that respects its long history & traditions.   ...


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Enjoy warm, peaceful and relaxing moments

      planning your vacations to avoid cold weather and escape the frigid temperatures,  Rethymno is the ideal place to warm up. ...


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Magical Christmas in Rethymno!

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Municipal Garden of Rethymno

  The Municipal Garden of Rethymno is located right in the heart of Rethymno Town and is a true delight for visitors of all ages. ...


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Rethymno at SENIOR exhibition in Stockholmsmassan Sweden

 The Municipality of Rethymno had a strong presence in the Grekland Panorama and Senior Expo organized in Stockholm between 1-3 October.


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Rethymno's Carnival will start in:

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  • The Carnival of Rethymno is a cultural event of creativity organized by the Municipality of Rethymno along with the valuable support of numerous volunteers.
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  • The Municipality of Rethymno revives one of its oldest cultural institutions, “The Cretan Diet Festival”. The events are clearly oriented to the promotion of awarded Cretan products, especially the local wine.
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  • The Renaissance Festival counts a long time of presence and continues to blend integrity and durability. It celebrates the period of Cretan Renaissance and attempts to revive it by a series of cultural activities.
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  • Spring weather is ideal for active visitors. Discover inland secrets and the wide variety of flora and fauna, by visiting gorges, mountainous villages, hiking trails, etc. Rethymno is a paradise for numerous excursions.
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  • Rethymno is an ideal destination not only for those who seek relaxation and to enjoy a holiday within an ultramodern infrastructure, but also for those who thirst for action, adventure and exploration, and above all seek contact with nature. Rethymno is the perfect fall escape.
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What To See and Do

Culture Tour

Culture Tour

From the Venetian historic center to the archaeological treasures of its Prefecture


Rethymno Natour


Rethymno, has an amazing variety of flora, fauna & an amazing landscape to discover


Pilgrimage Tour

Pilgrimage Tour

Byzantine monasteries and churches with rare frescoes and inestimable icons


Active Tour

Active Tour

Imposing gorges, large number of caves, lush valleys, incredible beaches


Each year the carnival celebrations have adifferent theme; this year the Carnival represents “the Crossroad of Cultures”.


It’s carnival time in Rethymno! If you love parties and the festive atmosphere of a carnival, now it’s the time to visit Rethymno, a town where carnival time is taken to a higher level!

In fact, it is one of the biggest and most popular festivals in Greece, attracting visitors from all over the world; many events taking place in the broader area last for one month before the Grand Carnival Parade.

The city decorated with old floats looks like an open carnival museum. 


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Floats, costumes and masks are handmade by the carnival teams using recyclable materials.

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 Let’s Get This Party Started!  The celebrations kick off on the 30th of January along the city beach (@Lavyrinthos)with a music concert by the popular singer Stavento and his band.

Getting into Carnival mood

One month before the Grand Parade of the Carnival(1/3/2020), the city ofRethymno along with the villages nearby, celebrate!


Visitors can be part of the preparation for the Carnival by visiting the places where thefloats are built, where the costumes and masks are created, by partying in many bars-clubs of the city, by wandering around the narrow streets of the old town accompanied by the sounds of traditional serenades & by “treasure hunters” of all ages, looking around for clues.

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Throughout this eventful month of parades and parties, you, too, will have theopportunity to dress up and attend a masque ball. The whole town becomes one big party; people work together in order to organise all the festivities that take place in Rethymno and the surrounding areas.

But even when you need to relax away from the festivities, you can enjoy strolling around the old city of Rethymno and admire the town’s beautiful and traditional architecture.

The most important events will take place from the 30th of January until the 2nd of March 2020

Opening ceremony                                                    Thursday 30th January 2020

23 rd Children’s Treasure Hunt                                  Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd February 2020   Organized by Mpoumpounes


5 th Treasure Hunt for Teens                                     Saturday 1 st - Sunday 2 nd February 2020Organized by Mpoumpounes


Party of the 31 st Treasure Hunt Teams                    Friday 14 th February 2020

31st Treasure Hunt                                                     Saturday 15 th -Sunday 16 th February 2020   Organized by Mpoumpounes


Tsiknopempti                                                              Thursday 20 th February 2020

Party of the Carnival Teams                                     Saturday 22nd February 2020

Carnival Run                                                              Sunday 23rd February 2020

Old Greek Serenades                                                Tuesday 25th February 2020

City bike for kids and adults                                     Thursday 27th February 2020

Cretan Traditional Serenades                                   Friday 28th February 2020

Children’s and Night Parade                                    Saturday 29th February 2020

Grand Carnival Parade                                             Sunday 1st March 2020

Shrove Monday                                                        Monday 2nd March 2020


For nature lovers, this is the best opportunity to explore the wild beautyof the inland. Follow the numerous walking paths through wild flowers, lush valleys,ancient sites, watermills and old pathways, get to know the locals, taste the traditional Cretan food and discover the variety of landscapes that Rethymno can offer you!

 You can see all the details about Rethymno's Carnival at and fb: carnivalofcrete

Book your place in time and check out the programme with the various Carnival events!


package offers to visitors that will have the opportunity to join the Carnival, have fun, dance, dine, drink and visitRethymno at a very reasonable cost.

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Ideon  2831 028667 

KYMA BEACH 2831-055503/4 
Antica Dimora Suites 28310 30810
JASON 2831-022542 
Avli Lounge Apartments 28310 58250
PALAZZINO DI CORINA 2831-021205/6 
Steris Elegant Beach Hotel 2831028303
Astali Hotel 2831024721 6972915536
Brascos Hotel 28310 23721 / 4
Batis Hotel 28310 50558 6946216808
Pepi Studios 2831026981
LEONIDAS HOTEL 28310 51754 
Amazing Villas 28310 53351 6948042068
INK HOTELS 28310 51957 
BARBARA STUDIOS  6976695228 
Cretan Exclusive Villas 2831057610 6974649354 
 VENUS APARTMENTS   6973557835 2831023908  
HERCULIS ROOMS 6973667495   

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Rethymno’s timeless attractions and diverse landscapes, city architecture, museums, archaeological sites, endless sandy beaches and escapes to nearby villages will reward you with a rich cultural yet relaxed experience all year round. Step off of the beaten path into the untouched Greece of the past. Cultural pride and natural beauty – Rethymno offers the best of both.



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