Rethymnon, the second in row prefecture of Crete island and to some the most beautiful of them all, with its beautiful capital, Rethymnon Town, is perhaps the most touristic area of Crete. Rethymnon Town as well as its main tourist spots offer a great variety of accommodation units, from hotels, apartments and many traditional and modern villas.
Rethymnon distinguishes itself from the other prefectures by its impressive diverse relief; imposing mountains and low sweeping hills, spectacular gorges, cool caves, fertile valleys and plains, even, gently rolling plateaus and splendid beaches compose a majestic landscape of postcard quality. Here quaint mountain villages, keepers of the authentic Cretan way of life and cosmopolitan resorts coexist in harmony, creating an enchanting contradiction in scenery.
This magical prefecture of Rethymnon is situated between the Prefecture of Hania (Chania) to the west and the Prefecture of Heralkio to the east where correspondingly the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) and the mountain Idi (also known as Psiloritis) form its natural boundaries. These two mountain peaks are what give the prefecture of Rethymnon a series of features that differentiate it from its equally impressive neighbours. The truly magical locations of Preveli (now burned) and the plateau of Nida in contrast to the gorges of Kourtalioti, Kotsifou and Patsou are rounded off by the valleys of Amariou and Doxarou. There are even three caves one can visit, namely Sfendoni, Ideo Andro and Melidoniou. The prefecture consists of twelve municipalities and its capital is the city of Rethymnon.