by Minoa.info / Juhani
The Rethymno beach area is the longest beach with services in Crete (the Ierapetra beach is even longer but partly without services). As the beach opens to the north, it is exposed to high winds and strong currents, which may result in limitations to swimming.
The beach itself is quite suitable for children, as the sand is soft and fine and steepens gently, and the services are a few meters from the waterfront especially at the western end. Snacks and even massages are sold on the beach. Besides sunbathing and swimming water sports such as paragliding, jet-ski and banana boat riding are available. The Rethymno beach extends almost 10 km to the east. There are both free and chargeable areas at the beach. The beach is clean and well kept.
The sand heated by the sun can be as hot as 60 degrees and the sea offers a welcome relief for sun bathers. Swimming is prohibited on the beach in the center of the city because of the vicinity of the harbour with arriving and departing boats and ships. Panoramic view from the boulevard to the beach. The beach area and side- and walkways in Rethymno have been tidied up and enhanced during the past few years.
The Rethymno beach with its fine sand is well suited for early morning jogging, as well as for late night beach volley by the local youngsters.
Minoa.info map of the area
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