One of the challenges of visiting Crete is to get away from the modern cities and tour group hotel scenes and find Old Crete. The Ports of Rethymno and Chania are full of old world Crete charm and well worth a day trip. Rethimnon has a long, long sandy beach with a boardwalk and wonderful harbour ringed with fine restaurants and tavernas.. It is perhaps over developed for the tastes of many, but still is a great way to kick back by the sea. There are many quieter beaches on the road connecting the two cities.
Port of Rethymno
Chania
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