This post is about exploring Rethymnon with kids. Rethymnon is a great city to explore with kids, because it offers a lot of different things to see and do within a short distance.
5 things to do in the old city of Rethymnon with kids
1. The Fortezza
The older kids will love to explore the fortress above the old city. The younger kids might love it as well, but the area is not stroller friendly. The Fortezza is built on a hill called Paleokastro, which was the site of ancient Rhithymna’s acropolis. It was built by the Venetians in the 16th century, and was captured by the Ottomans in 1646. Inside the walls of the Fortezza, you will find St Nicholas’ Cathedral, which was later during the Ottoman occupation modified into a mosque. In recent years the mosque has undergone restoration work and visitors may now admire the fabulous dome in all its glory.
The Fortezza also houses several impressive remains from the Venetian era. These include the remains of guardhouses, barracks, arsenals and water cisterns.
From the Fortezza there is a breathtaking view of the sea and the city with its winding pedestrian streets strewn with charming old buildings.
2. Walk around the old city
The old city of Rethymnon is beautiful with its winding pedestrian streets with charming old buildings, restaurants and souvenir shops. The old city is great with small kids in a stroller, lots to look at and no traffic.
Rethymnon was once sorrounded by a great city wall. The Great Gate at the beginning of Antistaseos Street represents the only remaining part of the ancient fortified wall. The Great Gate is the perfect starting point for a walk in the old city. Within the old city you will be able to discover Venetian squares, mosques, churches, a Folklore Museum, fountains, old charming buildings and much more. You can end your walk at the Venetian harbour.
3. The Venetian Harbour
From the Venetian harbour it is possible to admire the 13th-century Venetian mole which once protected the harbour. At the end of the mole stands the imposing lighthouse.
There are lots of restaurants in the harbour and some of them have great play areas inside for smaller children. So the harbour is perfect for a lunch or dinner, if you bring along smaller children.
4. Cruise in a pirate ship
There is a pirate ship anchored in the Venetian harbour in the old city of Rethymnon. It is possible to buy a family cruise in the ship. The cruise goes east and it follows the north coast of Crete, it takes about three hours and is meant for the whole family. The ship is furnished like “real” pirate ships and even the pirate himself is there too. This three hour cruise follows closely the coast line so the profile of Crete is well seen. During the cruise it is possible to see caves shaped by the sea. If the weather is good, the ship stops close to the beach before it turns back, so that the passengers could swim in the crystal clear water.
5. City Tour in the little train
If you got smaller kids, they will love a ride in the little train. The train starts in the Iroon Square and goes to the Fortezza, the old town, Municipal Garden, Panagia Chalevi Monestary and much more.
Children up to 6 years old are free, children from 6 to 12 years old is 6 euros, and from 12 years and above it is 12 euros.Share on Facebook