Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in The Hinterland & Mt Psiloritis

Moni Arkadiou

The 16th-century Arkadi Monastery, some 23km southeast of Rethymno, has deep significance for Cretans. As the site where hundreds of cornered locals massacred both themselves and invading Turks, it's a stark and pot…
Top Choice Fortress in Rethymno

Fortezza

Looming over Rethymno, the star-shaped Venetian fortress cuts an imposing figure with its massive walls and bastions but was nevertheless unable to stave off the Turks in 1646. Over time, an entire village took shap…
Top Choice Cretan in Myrthios

Taverna Panorama

Panorama is one of the oldest restaurants in the Plakias area and could not be more aptly named. On the shaded terrace, intoxicating views out towards Libya compete with the Cretan soul food prepared with passion an…
Top Choice Cretan in Anogia

Ta Skalomata

In the upper village, Skalomata has provided sustenance to locals and travellers for about 40 years. When you peel your eyes away from the view through panoramic windows, train your focus on the great grilled meats …
Top Choice Greek in Rethymno

Raki Baraki

Rustic, colourful and lively, this is a fantastic place to while away the evening over mezedhes (appetisers) like sardines stuffed with herbs, sausage with grilled vegetables, or mussels steamed with sage. The fried…
Top Choice Greek in Myrthios

Vrisi

Set below the main road, this stylish restaurant creates delicious Cretan cuisine with panache. Dishes like chicken with honey and mustard, fig and chicken salad, and smoked pork with bulgur lettuce are all served o…
Top Choice Greek in Bali

Taverna Karavostasi

With vegies straight from their garden and local wine from the barrel, this taverna on pint-sized Karavostasi beach offers local dishes that are busting with flavour. The speciality is stuffed aubergines (eggplants)…
Top Choice Cretan in Panormo

To Steki tou Sifaka

Also known as George & Georgia’s, this couple serve up satisfying homestyle Cretan food. Scrumptious oven-roasted dishes, including a great selection of vegie options, keep this cheerful little place hopping. Fi…
Landmark in Rethymno

Venetian Harbour

Rethymno’s compact historic harbour is chock-a-block with tourist-geared fish tavernas and cafes. For a more atmospheric perspective, walk along the harbour walls, past the fishing boats to the prominent lighthouse,…
Monastery in Preveli

Moni Preveli

The historic Moni Preveli cuts an imposing silhouette high above the Libyan sea. Like most Cretan monasteries, it was a centre of resistance during the Turkish occupation and also played a key role in WWII when hidi…