Rethymno Province

Karavostasi, the northernmost of Bali's string of beaches, is also the smallest and quietest. Its tanned-sandy beach is family friendly, with sunloungers and umbrellas available for hire from the tavernas tucked beneath the rocky cliffs. A coastal footpath leads here from the port, and the Bali Express tourist train goes out here as well.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Rethymno Province attractions

1. Limani

0.23 MILES

The old port of Limani has a narrow crescent of attractive beach with greyish-brown sand lined with sunloungers, plenty of cafes and water-sport operators.

2. Varkotopo

0.48 MILES

Bali's most central beach – between Livadi and Limani – is this pretty strip of sand flanked by young palm trees. There are some quite classy bars here…

3. Livadi

0.67 MILES

Brown-sand Livadi is Bali's biggest and widest beach, with bit of a party vibe. It’s packed with chairs and umbrellas, and bars, tavernas and cafes run…

4. Melidoni Cave

3.87 MILES

About 2km outside the village of Melidoni is this stunning cathedral-like cave, an evocative underworld of stalactites and stalagmites. A place of worship…

5. Paraschakis Olive Oil Factory

4.32 MILES

If you're out this way for Melidoni Cave, tack on a visit to this nearby olive-oil factory for a lowdown on the production process. Its welcoming American…

6. Klados Winery


While Iraklio gets all the plaudits as Crete's main wine producer, Rethymno has the honour of being the first place in Greece to be named a 'European City…

7. Episkopi

5.23 MILES

This charming village, 9km southeast of Melidoni, served as a bishopric under Venetian rule and is a maze of lanes lined with well-preserved stone…

8. Church of Agios Yiorgos

5.29 MILES

Ecclesiastic-art fans should stop in town at Panormo’s parish church, which has some stunning modern frescoes.