Cycling in Rethymno Prefecture

Cycling in Rethymno Prefecture

Cretan terrain is characterized by huge rocky mountain masses and deep, long gorges surrounded by 1.000 kilometers of sea coast. It is, without doubt, a hymn to wilderness.

Hundreds of settlements spring up all over Crete, whether on the mountain hills or by the sea. All are connected with smaller or larger roads, some of them rough, others friendlier. The routs are endless, as is the beauty of the landscape and the cultural “crossroads” to be reached. Rethymno Prefecture alone features some of the most breathtaking gorges in the Mediterranean, such as Kourtaliotis and Kotsifos Gorges, numerous picturesque villages, such as Margarites, Chromonastiri, Roussospiti, Maroulas, Pikris, Amnatos etc., as well as the third tallest mountain in Greece, the mythical Psiloritis Mountain, surrounded by smaller ones like Kedros, Krioneritis and Siderotas. If you are serious about experiencing this cultural and natural wealth then start thinking about renting a bicycle. The Municipality of Rethymno has done a great job in identifying and marking the most interesting bicycle routes in the region. There is something there for everyone, from the most adventurous out there to beginners. You can download the cycling routes here (  The City of Rethymno itself is no less interesting for cycling lovers, since it features the longest bicycle designated routes in Greece. It has actually been awarded for its sustainable mobility design. 

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