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Rethymnon with Kids: 10 Unmissable Family Adventures

Rethymnon with Kids: 10 Unmissable Family Adventures

Top things to do in Rethymnon with Kids | Family Experiences Blog

Last Updated on July 1, 2024 by Celeste.

Rethymnon is a charming city with a rich history, blending Venetian and Ottoman influences. I often visited Rethymnon when I lived in Chania. I think it is the calmer version of that town. You’ll appreciate the quieter, more intimate vibe of Rethymnon with your family. In this post, I have listed the 10 top things to do in Rethymnon with the kids.

Top things to do in Rethymnon

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Rethymnon has a huge pedestrian area, and picturesque views, and it is nice to wander around with the family. Because of its huge history, there are many monuments to visit. Rethymnon’s long beachfront promenade is perfect for family walks, cycling, and playing by the sea. The gentle waves and sandy shores make it kid-friendly.

1. Visit the Venetian Fortezza

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Explore this magical fortress with your kids, imagining its past as a protector against pirates and invaders. The views of the sea and city are breathtaking. Inside, you’ll find St. Nicolas’ Cathedral, which served as a mosque during the Ottoman occupation. The view from above is amazing and kids can imagine themselves as knights or pirates while exploring its walls.

2. Wander around the Old City

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Take your family on a delightful stroll through Rethymnon’s picturesque streets. The vibrant colors, sounds, and scents will charm you. Everything in the Old Town of Rethymnon is nearby, and you can easily explore independently. The narrow streets, colorful buildings, and hidden squares in the old town create a magical atmosphere. Kids can explore like little adventurers, discovering charming nooks and crannies.

3. Explore the Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymnon

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Take a leisurely walk along the picturesque harbor, especially enchanting at night. The blend of history and sea views is captivating. You will find lots of small and big food places. From ice cream to traditional pastries, Rethymnon’s cafés and bakeries offer tasty treats that kids will adore.

4. Rent a Family Bike at the Beachfront

Rethymnon boasts a 4 km-long boulevard along the sea. Start your cycling tour from the old Venetian port and enjoy the cooling sea breeze. Summer is ideal for cycling, with opportunities to stop for a swim at the city’s organized and beautiful beaches. There are several bike rental companies along the coast, and renting your bicycles will be easy. You can also opt for an e-bike tour.

5. Visit an Olive Oil Farm

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The olive oil produced in Crete is considered one of the best in the world. Visit a traditional family-owned olive oil business to learn about the fascinating process of olive oil production and to taste real Cretan olive oil.

6. Admire the Holy Monastery of Arkadi

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If you are a history-loving family, consider visiting Arkadi and Eleftherna, two close by places of historical and archeological value. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere of this historic monastery. 

Read also: Our trip to Arkadi

7. Visit the ancient site and museum of Eleftherna

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Immerse yourself in the fascinating artifacts found in the nearby archaeological site and necropolis. The museum showcases relics of Elefterna’s past.

8. Go to the Beach or the nearest Waterpark

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The beaches in Rethymnon are wide and sandy. Ideal for young children. For more excitement, head to Limnipoulis water park and enjoy a day of splashing and sliding!

9. Discover the South of Rethymnon

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Rent a car and explore the stunning beaches in the southern part of Rethymnon. Preveli, Damnoni (pictured above), Plakias, Rodakino, and Triopetra are just a few of the natural gems waiting to enchant your family.

10. Explore the Gorge of Agios Antonios Patsos

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The gorge of Agios Antonios Patsos is easy to explore with young children. You can also opt for the Kourtaliotiko gorge with older children.

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We’ve meticulously curated this list of family-friendly activities in Rethymnon. Our team scoured the city, handpicking experiences that resonate with the spirit of exploration and fun. We tried all the activities ourselves. We’ve also researched GetYourGuide tours that align perfectly with these activities. So, rest assured, your family will have an unforgettable time exploring Rethymnon.

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