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Visit the Fortezza Fortress

You can see the Venetian fortress of Fortezza from anywhere in Rethymno. It was built on a high hill for defense purposes in the XVI century. It is located in the central part of the Old Town. A steep staircase leads to it. You can visit the attraction daily from 8 am to 8 pm. You will have the opportunity to walk around the territory of Fortezza to see the Orthodox Church, barracks, mosques, and warehouses. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Erofili outdoor theater. The Rethymnon Renaissance Festival is held there every summer. If you go up to one of the fortress's observation decks, you can enjoy views of the city and the Aegean Sea.
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Tour the Caves of the Area of Rethymno

There are several caves in the vicinity of the city. But 2 of them are the most popular. The first is called the cave of Melidoni. It was used as a place of worship for the Greek gods. 400 inhabitants of Rethymno hid in it in 1823. They did not want to be captured by the Turks. But they all died. You can travel through its halls and enjoy the beauty of the underworld today. The second natural attraction is named Sfendoni Cave in honor of the soldier who discovered it. You will have the opportunity to explore a 145-meter-long section of the cave. It is equipped with electric lighting. You will also have the opportunity to admire colorful stalactites and stalagmites, as well as take great photos.

Tour of the Island of Gramvousa

You can take the ferry from Rethymno to Gramvousa Island on a hot day. The voyage will last 60 minutes. You will be able to climb a mountain with a height of 137 meters once on its shore. The Venetian fortress is located there. It was built in the XVI century. You will get the opportunity to see the confluence of 3 seas and enjoy the amazing wonder of nature when you reach the top. The water has different shades due to the different density of the seas. Copyright
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Extreme Water Sports

Sandy beaches stretch for 16 kilometers to the east of the city. A relaxing holiday awaits you on some of them. You can do extreme sports on other beaches as well. For example, you can go water skiing, banana, or a large inflatable circle on the main beach. You will also have the opportunity to go parasailing, surfing, kitesurfing, and wakeboarding there. If you prefer scuba diving, you can visit the Paradise diving center. It is a 15-minute drive from the city in a safe bay. Its staff will provide a full set of equipment and conduct a training course. You will have the opportunity to meet representatives of the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean Sea after that.
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Bike Tour in Rethymno

You will have the opportunity to join a bike tour during your stay in Rethymno. It will correspond to the level of physical fitness. For example, you can drive 30 kilometers if you are a novice athlete. You will have the opportunity to cover 50 kilometers if you already have experience of long trips. 100 kilometers are waiting for you if you have been cycling for a long time. However, you can rent a bike at one of the many rental locations. They are located on the waterfront. You will go on a journey through an interesting route. You will choose it yourself. A special path equipped on the street of Μαρκ Πορτάλιου can become one of them.
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Journey through the Kourtaliotiko Gorge

There is Kourtaliotiko Gorge in central Crete. You can reach it by car, driving 4 kilometers south of the city. You can take a fascinating walk once there. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see the sights. The small chapel of St. Nicholas is one of them. Another attraction is the waterfall. It has a height of 10 meters. You can walk through the stone arch to see it. Then you will make a descent along the trail. It leads to the very bottom of the gorge to a depth of 250 meters. You will be able to admire the rocky walls and the picturesque cascade there. You can also drink water directly from the waterfall.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Rethymno
♥   Castle 'Moni Arkadiou' Arkadi, 15.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Frangokastello' South Crete, 29.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Aptera Fortress' Chania, 31.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Firkas Fortress' Chania, 45.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Larissa Castle' Larissa, 48.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Notable celebrations and festivals in Greece

On May 1, a traditional festival takes place in Greece, during which city residents leave the metropolitan areas for a while and go to the countryside. At this time, performances, picnics and popular festivities are held. Parties are accompanied by loud music and dancing. At the end of May, a festival of roses takes place on the island of Rhodes. Solemn events are held in the old part of the city, which allows all participants to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. At this time, buds are blossoming and fine weather is set on the island. The festival begins with the sound of a trumpet that is heard from the castle. Cavalry and foot knights marche through the streets. In the small village of Epidaurus, there is an ancient theater, which has perfectly preserved to the day. This facility hosts the famous Hellenistic Festival that is one of the most iconic in the theatrical world. … Open
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