Rethymno - Entertainment and nightlife
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There are shops everywhere, with the main shopping streets being Arkadiou St., Ethnikis Antistaseos St. and P. Kountourioti Ave. Business hours are from 8.30am to 2pm for Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, while on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the afternoon as well, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. July, together with January, are the months of sales. Supermarkets operate Monday to Saturday from 8am till 8.30pm. Souvenir shops and agencies stay open all day till late in the night, even on Sundays. There are many different banks working from 8.30am to about 2pm, from Monday to Friday. The food and flea market takes place every Thursday at P. Kountourioti Ave., opposite the Municipal Garden. Kiosks sell things of basic need, like cigarettes, refreshments, biscuits, shampoos, aspirins, pens and so on, with some staying open for 24 hours.
Food, events and entertainment in Rethymno town
Because of the tourism and the about 4000 students of the university, there is a great number of restaurants and cafes in Rehymno. During the tourist period restaurants stay open from the morning for breakfast, till early in the next morning and can be found almost everywhere: along the beach and the promenade, near hotels, inside the old town, or at the suburbs of Rethymno. The same is with take away food: souvlaki stalls and sandwich places.
Three main events are organised by the town every year. The Renaissance festival, from July till the beginning of September, with several exhibitions and performances of theatre and music by Greek and foreign artists or companies, the Carnival that takes place in the last Sunday before Lent, with a parade of decorated trucks and costumed groups and The Wine Festival, in July or August, inside the Municipal Garden, with free wine and Greek or folk Cretan concerts and dances.
There are lots of cafes and pubs, open all day, with outdoor tables, along the beach and the promenade, near Rimondi fountain and opposite the port. At the same areas, clubs and a number of places with live Greek or Cretan music ask for dancing till early in the morning. Greek people are used to go out after 23.00 and many after 01.00. First stop is at a cafe, or small restaurant, clubs get busy after 02.00. Winter nightlife in Rethymno is mainly concentrated in the area around the Rimondi fountain to the Venetian harbour and opposite the port. During the summer, larger open bars and clubs get busy, 5km to the east, among the big hotels.
- Figaro cafe: At M. Vernardou St., just after Neratzes mosque. Rock, pop. (Daily, 10.00-04.00).
- Nafpigio Cafe: Opposite the port. Techno, house, electro. Their
current dj plays the best music in town. (Daily, March to December, 10.00-04.00).
- Fortezza club: The oldest and once the main commercial dancing club in town. Now renovated, aims to Greek people. In the middle of the Venetian harbour. Mixed Greek and mainstream dance. In the winter, on Tuesdays, it could host djs playing mostly progressive house. (Daily, 23.30-05.00).
- Galea club: During the winter La Conga
Bar, at Salaminos St., near the Venetian harbour or Rimondi fountain, is the busiest club in town, gets full every night. Commercial dance and mainly Greek music. (Daily, mid-October to beginning of May, 23.30-05.00). In the summer moves to Misiria, 5 km east of the town.
Big space, with swimming pool. In the daytime open as a bar by the
beach or the swimming pool, in the night it turns to a club. Commercial
dance and mainly Greek music. (Daily, from June to end of
- Ice Club: Near Rimondi
fountain, next to Galea club, always full, commercial dance and light
commercial greek pop music for younger people. (Daily,
mid-October to April, 23.30-04.00). In the summer it moves to Sfakaki,
10 km east of the town, as an open club. Daily from 00.00 to 06.00.
club: At the Venetian harbour. In the
summer aims to tourists. During the winter greek and
commercial dance. (Daily, 23.00-04.00).
club: Inside the Venetian harbour, next to Fortezza. In
summer mainstream dance, for tourist entertainment. In the winter
commercial pop and greek music. (Daily, 23.00-04.00).
- Rock Cafe: At the end of the promenade,
where the Venetian harbour starts, mainstream dance, popular with
tourists. (Daily, April to October, 22.00-04.00).
- Avlea Club: At Salaminos St., very busy,
commercial dance and greek music. (Daily, mid-October to April,
- Paralia - Living room: At the promenade,
very popular trendy lounge cafe for locals. (Daily, 10.00-03.00).
- Exo: At the promenade, following the
success and fashion of Living Room. Always busy, to watch the people
strolling at the promenade. (Daily, 10.00-03.00).
- Punch Bowl pub: At Arabatzoglou St.,
near Rimondi fountain, it is like an Irish pub, the only one in town
importing Guiness beer. Various music. (Daily, 10.00-04.00).
- Karma cafe: Opposite the port. Very busy
mainstream cafe, for (very) young people. Greek, old rock, light pop.
(Daily, all year, 10.00-04.00).
- Enetiko cafe: Above Fortezza club, with
view to the Venetian harbour. Various. (Daily, from April to October,
- Iguana: Summer very popular open bar, at Sfakaki, very close to Ice club, 10 km east of the town. On the sea, in
between trees, with wonderful view. Pop, rock, Greek music. (Daily,
from June to end of September, 23.30-04.00).
- Siesta: Also very popular summer open bar, at Sfakaki, close and an alternative option to Iguana bar, 8 km east of the town. Pop, rock, Greek music. (Daily,
from June to end of September, 23.30-04.00).
- Privilege club: Summer open club, 5km
west of Rethymno, off the highway to Hania. Mainstream dance and
commercial greek music. (Daily, from June to end of September,
- Aeriko cafe : At a street by Salaminos
St. Always very busy, mainly Greek music. (Daily, October to
- Sholarheio: At Radamanthys St., near the
Rimondi fountain. Live Greek music, in the style of the old rebetiko
places. (Daily, October to April, 22.00-04.00).
- Oinodeio: At Salaminos St. Live Greek
music. (Daily, October to April, 22.00-04.00).
- M. Vernadou street: The liveliest street of the old town,
full of very nice small restaurants. Gets very busy every night, until
early in the morning, inside the shops during the winter and outside on
the street during the other seasons.
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Last revised: 06 May 2009