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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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  • 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



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Rethymno 26th-29th June 2019


The 2nd Transnational Meeting of the Erasmus+ partners successfully took place in Rethymno on the 26th-29th June.

This initiative is focused on the image and identity formation of small towns linked directly to the culture and policies of urban cultural revival. A crucial role in these efforts plays cultural activities, as the policies often focus on special events and festivals, museums, theaters, music, etc. The culture is in the spotlight of a city promotion. Nowadays, this promotion is made through organized policies, emphasizing on the practice of city marketing/branding in order to attract investments, residents, and visitors.

BRAND EU Rethymno meeting

After the 1st transnational meeting of Imola (Italy), partners from Italy, Sweden, Spain and Croatia met this time in Rethymno. On the first day, an analytical presentation of the Brand “Rethymno” was delivered, mentioning also the value that this brand has on the world map. The 3 main cultural events that form the identity of the town are Rethymno Carnival, Cretan Diet Festival and Renaissance Festival. Partners were informed about the actions that the Tourism Department has taken over the last years on the city promotion abroad through the international Press and also using modern digital means. Later on, the partners visited the Municipal Garden and talked about the Cretan Diet Festival, had a guided tour to the Old Town of Rethymno, where they expressed their strong interest in the numerous historic monuments and admired the passion and the dynamism of all people that work in the tourism industry.

                                                        BRAND EU arkadi BRAND EU Eleutherna visit

On the following day, the partners had a guided tour in the Holy Monastery of Arkadi and the museum of Ancient Eleftherna and enjoyed the treasures of the broader area of Rethymno. They also visited Agreco Farm where they had the opportunity to live a memorable culinary experience. They tasted traditional organic local products of the famous Cretan Diet, world-known for its health benefits, the secret of the longevity of Cretan people.

BRAND EU Rethymno old town tour 

The conclusion of this meeting will lead to the partners’ evaluation of the actions taken so far, suggesting improvement practices but also new methods of promoting the destination “Rethymno”. The benefits of this initiative are huge, as a new opportunity is given to reform the identity of the city and redefine its comparative advantages.

Promoting a city doesn’t involve only a communication tool or a slogan, a logo: it is a long-lasting procedure, which requires as a prior condition the understanding and cooperation of the city, the region or the island, as a whole, where everyone’s participation is necessary.

The Municipality of Rethymno would like to thank everyone who participated and helped in the organization of this meeting!




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