If you visit the Greek island, Crete– a day trip to Rethymno (or Rethymnon) is a must. It’s one of the best preserved medieval towns in Greece and was once a bastion of the Venetians who left a mighty legacy– the large Fortezza (fortress).
The town was also ruled by Turks for a time so you’ll find a scattering of Ottoman mosques, a Hamam peeping from behind 16th century buildings.
You can choose visiting Rethymno for a relax day on the nearby beaches, or explore the historic center and enjoy the hidden cafes in cute cobblestone streets.
The largest island of Greece, Crete is every bit as wonderful as you would imagine. This is the first time I am visiting Crete in an unusual month of October, so it was a big challenge for me to know what to pack for 10-days island trip in fall?
The weather in Crete in October can be unpredictable. There may be warm days and cool nights, plus some rainy and windy days here and there. For fall, make sure you bring some warmer clothes that can be worn in layers. Some long-sleeved sweaters and shirts or other light wind-jacket would generally be enough.
In October definitely pack your swimsuit. You might get some lovely, sunny days, and the sea is still warm after a long summer. In terms of shoes, I personally suggest comfortable sneakers or even hiking shoes.
Crete is an island full of surprises. From cliffs, to white sand beaches, volcanic mountains to palm beaches— if you are looking for a laid-back island in Europe, where you can enjoy the nature and authentic towns of the Greek island— you’ll lose yourself, where time seems to stand still.
The south coast of Crete is less filled with tourism than the northern part of the island. A visit to villages is where you can sense an older, truer, more timeless Crete.