Rethymno completely changes, when dressed in the colors of every season of the year. Its mild climate is ideal for autumn, winter and spring activities such as walking, cycling and horseback riding, with an average annual temperature of 12-20°C, and average sunshine of seven hours per day. Beautiful picturesque villages with architectural features of many historical periods that spring up into a green and unexpectedly beautiful natural environment, waiting for you to explore its history and listen to its magic.
Well-preserved traditional settlements, stunning mountain scenery, canyons, safe natural paths for walking, countless caves for exploration, lush meadows with citrus trees and olive groves, which for centuries are the basis of the famous Cretan diet. The visitor of Rethymno experiences an equally interesting aspect of life on our island and the possibilities that Rethymno generously offers throughout the year. During Autumn, Christmas, and Carnival, Rethymno organizes rich cultural events, that attract not only the Rethymninians but also people from the whole island, such as the Renaissance Festival in October and the Rethymno Carnival, which is among the best Events in the country. At the same time, high-quality cultural events organized or hosted throughout the year in our city can satisfy even the most demanding visitor and offer unforgettable memories. As far as the cost of accommodation is concerned, the offered economic price packages make it particularly attractive. An adequate number of three and four-star high-quality hotels around Rethymno's historic center and throughout the city's wider area remain available throughout the year. An alternative option is the luxury villas available for rent in short distance from the city. Many of these hotels, as well as restaurants, offer excellent cuisine, with local specialties such as Cretan dishes with fresh wild greens, seasonal vegetables, olives, and renowned dishes with local meats. Do not miss to taste the local drinks such as “raki”, as well as local bottled wines of high quality.