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Biokreta Vavourakis Farm
Farma Antonaki
Creta Carob
Nikolas Olive Oil
Georgios Kotzampasakis
Mylopotamos Health Foods
Kleoboulos Alexiadis

Rethymno is defined by two interesting coastlines.  The Cretan Sea and the picturesque port of Rethymno , the Bali and Fodele coves are on the North coast and the Libyan sea stretches on the Southern coast.  It is considered one of the most fertile lands of the Mediterranean because of the endless olive groves, the fruit orchards and the breeding of livestock.  Spectacular beaches, archaeological Minoan sites, venetian buildings, byzantine monuments, picturesque villages and the Anogeia village in the mountain will charm you.

what to buy
  • Olive Oil
  • Raki (local drink, also known as tsikoudia, made from distilled  grape marc)
  • Graviera (local cheese)
  • Rusks
  • Thyme Honey
what to see
  • The Venetian Port and venetian Fortress of Rethymno
  • The Archaeological Museum
  • The Paleontological Museum
  • Museum of Submarine Life
  • Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno
  • The Wax Museum
  • Beaches: Preveli, Plakia, Agia Galini, Panormos, Rodakino, Agios Pavlos, Triopetra
  • Scuba Diving in Bali
  • The palm tree forest of the Kourtalioti river
  • Idaion Antron cave
  • Agios Antonios cave
  • Anogeia village
  • The monastery of Preveli
  • Renaissance Festival of Rethymno
  • The wine and local produce festival (every May)
what to taste

Rethymno's land produces everything.  Try local meats like ofto and accompany them with wild greens (horta).  Local delicacies include dakos (cretan barley rusk with grated fresh tomatoes, ksinomizitra cheese and extra virgin olive oil), amanites (mushrooms), broad beans, chohlious bourbouristous (snails fried with rosemary), rice with staka (ghee) and local graviera cheese.  Don't forget to wash it down with excellent local raki.


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