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Spring in Rethymno

Think Spring!

Springtime on the Greek island of Crete is an ideal time to visit the charming city of Rethymno.

With sunny skies and warm temperatures often exceeding 25°C (77°F), the spring weather rivals summer conditions.

The peak spring month is May when the Cretan countryside explodes with colorful wildflowers blanketing the rolling hills in vibrant greens and reds. Against the bright blue skies, these natural landscapes are extraordinarily beautiful.

Since it's the beginning of summer tourism, many sites and businesses are open before the Greek Orthodox Easter on May 5th, 2024.

This allows visitors to experience authentic Cretan culture and traditions around Easter.

Spring flowers
Wildflower Blooming Season in Rethymno   
One of the most striking spring wildflowers is the vibrant red anemone, which paints the landscape in brilliant red hues.  Along the roadsides and rocky areas, you'll find yellow daisies adding a sunny splash of color. You'll discover an abundance of blue iris, local orchids, and the pompon-like crimson. Crete's indigenous Cretan ebony grows small yellow wildflowers among its bright green leaves.
For wildflower enthusiasts, Rethymno offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in nature's vibrant palette. Let the winding hiking paths guide you through this wonderland of colors, fragrances, and floral diversity.
With over 1,800 different plant species, you'll encounter exotic blooms at every turn when exploring Crete's great outdoors.
Greek Easter

Greek Easter

Join locals in painting red eggs, baking 'tsoureki' sweet bread and 'kalitsounia' cheese pastries, and roasting whole lambs over open fires.

The unique customs and flavors make for an immersive Easter experience.

With fewer crowds, spring travelers can explore like natives.

Enjoy Nature

The pleasant spring weather beckons you outdoors to enjoy Rethymno's natural splendor. Hike mountain trails up mountain Psiloritis for breathtaking panoramic views over the island's peaks and valleys.

Adventure seekers can traverse the rocky gorges scattered across the region. Climbers will revel in challenging terrain.

Cyclists can pedal through small traditional villages among ancient olive groves to discover historic monasteries and archeological ruins.

Rethymno old town

In Rethymno's remarkably preserved Old Town, get lost wandering the bougainvillea-draped alleyways with their Venetian and Ottoman architecture.

Admire the mosques, museums, churches, and Venetian fortress in this medieval city by the sea.

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, the Archaeological Museum to view artifacts excavated from ancient sites nearby.

The friendly Cretan people extend warm hospitality to spring visitors. Stop in mountain villages to experience traditional lifestyles.

Taste local foods like fresh cheese, olives, and wines.

Outside Rethymno city, discover sights like the museum and ancient ruins of Eleutherna  and the historic Arkadi Monastery, a symbol of Cretan freedom.

Arkadi Monastery
With milder temperatures than summer, budding nature, authentic traditions, fewer crowds, and the warm Cretan welcome, springtime offers an ideal opportunity to experience the real Rethymno.
The island comes alive with cherished Easter and springtime celebrations that visitors can share.

City of Rethymno

You are invited to travel to areas, which are perhaps still unknown to the majority, and which are sometimes remote, but always magical and magnificent throughout the seasons. We recommend our visitors to see our picturesque villages through the eyes of the soul, try the Cretan cuisine, our wine and “tsikoudia”, participate in our revelries and festivities, but most importantly get to know our soul, our hospitality, the safe, untouched interior of the region, the other Rethymno.
Rethymno Guide       visitgreece2
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Department of Tourism
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  21 El. Venizelou Str, 74100, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

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