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Ships and Ferries to Rethymno Crete Greek Islands Greece

Travel information for Ferries.
Ships and Ferries to Rethymno - Crete Island.

Rethymno and the Crete island in general are connected to the port of Piraeus. There are evening departures to the ports of Rethymno (Souda), Rethymno, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos every day, all year long.

In addition, there are ferry connections from Crete
ferry to the Cycladic islands of Ios, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Amorgos, Milos and also to the islands of Kythira, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kos, and basically all Dodecanese and East Aegean Islands via a third island.

Your trip to Crete can be with a conventional ferry boat or Highspeed depending on the day, the time and the ferry company you wish to travel with.

Your trip to Crete, Chania will last approximately 7-8 hours and to Heraklion 8-9 hours, travelling during the night, whereas the same daily trip lasts 5 and 6 hours respectively. If you decide to visit Rhodes first, you
can reach Heraklion through Sitia's port (Karpathos,
St Nikolaos) and your trip will last approximately 12
hours. From the island of Santorini the trip to Heraklion with a high speed ferry will last no more than 2.30 hours

Ferries from Piraeus to Crete run all year round on a
daily basis. However, during the summer, Easter and holidays in general there is an additional daily route
for you to choose, according to the increased demand.

1. Piraeus - Crete Rethymno
2. Piraeus - Crete Chania
3. Piraeus - Crete Heraklion
4. Piraeus - Crete Agios Nikolaos
Sitia
5. Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Santorini
Crete Heraklion
6. Piraeus - Milos - Crete Rethymno
7. Gythion - Kythira - Crete Kissamos
8. Mykonos - Santorini - Crete Heraklion
9. Rhodes - Karpathos - Crete Sitia
Agios Nikolaos

Attention !
The above mentioned information is subject to alteration. To be sure about correct schedules, departure and arrival times of conventional and highspeed ferries check the ONLINE Booking System.

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Ships and Ferries to Rethymno in the Crete Island
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ON LINE Booking System for seats and tickets in real time.

Starting your reservation through the online booking system you can select to have your tickets
sent to you or to collect them from the port office on the day of departure about 2 hours
before departure simply by giving your reservation code and showing your ID card.

We wish you a pleasant trip!

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Α multileg reservation allows you
to combine 2 to 4 domestic routes
(routes within Greece) in one reservation,
even if the selected departures are
operated by different ferry companies.

Travel Guide Rethymno Crete Island Greece

RETHYMNO > HISTORY

History of Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

Finds in the Andron Cave indicate that the area was inhabited in Prehistoric times. The town of Rethymnon dates back to after the Minoan Period as established by graves found in the area of the Mastambas suburb to the south of the town. This same area was developed during the 4th-3rd centuries B.C. as ancient Rithymia, an independent state with its own coinage, but in the late Roman period it was just a small village that continued to exist in the first Byzantium period of 395- 824 AD and the second Byzantium period of 961-1204 without becoming the seat of an archbishop.

The settlement gained importance during the Venetian period, from 1210 onwards when its port became a significant trading harbour for Venetian merchants. Rettimo, as the Venetians called it, became the seat of the governor, Rettore.

In 1538, the invasion by the Ottoman fleet, led by the pirate Heratin Barbarossa, took place on the north coast of Crete. This forced the Venetians to fortify the town with designs by Michel Sanikleli which were simplified due to the high cost. In 1571 a new attack on the town was launched by Ouloutz-Ali. The destruction highlighted the need for stronger fortifications, which commenced in 1573 on the Paleokastro hill to the north of the town. Even these fortifications were not able to withstand the Ottoman invasion of 1646 after a siege of 22 days. The Venetians and Cretans took sanctuary in the new Fortetsa Fort. A treaty with the Pasha Hussein was made, but then mass killings of the population followed. In 1821 and 1824, there was looting and mass killings of the Christians. The town was freed in 1897 with the help of Russian soldiers, part of a protection force, who stayed until 1909. In 1913, the whole of Crete was unified with Greece.

During WWII the town of Rethymnon suffered serious bomb damage. The Battle of Crete in 1941 resulted in the German occupation. The highlight of the Cretan resistance to the Nazis was the kidnapping of the German Governor Kraipe and his transfer to the Middle Eastern Military Barracks in Egypt, yet again a testament of the island’s brave warriors.

After the war the people of Rethymnon cleared the bomb damage and started to rebuild their community. Tourism developed from 1970 onwards as visitors admired the beauties of the environment and the warm hospitality of its people.