Renting a yacht is the ideal way to discover the hidden beauties of Rethymno, the third most populated urban city of Crete, after Heraklion and Chania. The picturesque town of Rethymno is filled with alleys, cultural and historical sights, and a busy harbor for you to enjoy day trips around Crete. By renting a yacht, you can explore all the beaches of the prefecture, some of which are difficult to reach by car. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal yacht, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a yacht with a skipper, or without one if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Chania. You also have the option to rent a motor yacht and enjoy a half-day trip to Spinalonga Island. You may also simply tour the beaches near Rethymno, throw a party, or enjoy a sunset cruise with another couple. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht and visit further destinations, such as Milos and Santorini, for a 3-day or 4-day charter.
Rethymno or Rethymnon is the third-largest city in Crete and one of the most popular touristic resorts. The cultural identity of Rethymno has been shaped by Byzantines and Venetians in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Fortezza above the town and the port below are known Venetian landmarks. The medieval Fortezza dominates the heart of Rethymno and is visible from every part of the city. During the earlier years, it was used to defend the city from pirate invasions. There are also a plethora of churches and monasteries around the prefecture of Rethymno that have been influenced through the Christian and Byzantine periods. The monastery of Arkadi for example is one of the most important monuments of Greece, symbolizing the freedom of Crete from the Ottoman rule. Before you begin your private yacht cruise in Rethymno, you can visit several sights. Near the monastery, you can visit the Archaeological site of Eleftherna where you can see remains from the Geometrical and Byzantine times. The Museum of Cretan Lyra connects Rethymno with the traditional music of the island. The Lyra is a three-stringed instrument with a vibrant sound, so the locals believe it holds secrets from medieval times and Cretans still use it as a medium to express their daily lives. Besides visiting cultural and historical sites, Rethymno is ideal for endless day and night fun. You can walk along the narrow streets and explore elegant mansions or enjoy the beautiful seafront that is lined up with delicious taverns and cafeterias. Agia Galini and Plakias are also seaside villages with charming harbors and an opportunity to rent a boat in Rethymno for a wonderful cruise with your group. Once you have selected your favorite yacht from the BednBlue platform, you will have an exciting trip ahead of you.
A yacht charter in Rethymno can begin by exploring the northern and southern coasts. South of the main town, the most famous beach to tourists is Preveli. A magnificent landscape forms as the river Megalopotamos plunges into the sea, forming a beautiful lagoon with crystalline waters. With a motor yacht rental, you can also enjoy a cruise along the sandy seashore of Rethymno, which extends 20 km long and continues to the east. Thanks to the cruising speed of a motor yacht, you can visit the famous lagoon of Balos in a short amount of time. During your trip, you may spot dolphins and catch sight of the old fortress and the wrecked ship. Taking in the glorious sunset of the Cretan sea while sailing, one can also enjoy a day trip to Elafonisos or Spinalonga island.
A yacht excursion from Rethymno to Santorini is highly recommended for travelers who want to capture the beauty of the Cyclades. You will have the chance to taste some of the world’s best wine and dock in excellent restaurants. For a 3-day or 4-day trip, you can also visit Milos, known for its white-yellow coasts and impressive beaches. Finally, by hiring a luxury yacht with a skipper you can explore the hidden gems of Crete and visit further-reaching destinations that will offer you the relaxation you’ve always dreamed about.
Below you will find some useful information regarding your yacht charter in Rethymno.
Marina of Rethymno: Located within the Port of Rethymno on the eastern side and offers a capacity of 164 vessel spaces. There is a maximum depth of 3.5 meters and water supply and fuel are available for all vessels. Within the marina, there is a repair zone for small pots and general maintenance and engine repair provided by individuals. The marina houses a club where different sports activities are held, and you can find banks, supermarkets, shops and other entertainment facilities within the urban district.
The distance of Airports to Rethymno:
Chania Airport is 35 km away from Rethymno.
Heraklion Airport is 63 km away from Rethymno.
Santorini Airport is 145 km away from Rethymno.
You can reach Rethymno by boat from Piraeus or drive from Chania to Rethymno.
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