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How's the beach near the old town in summer?

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How's the beach near the old town in summer?

I plan on spending most of my days at the beach laying out and swimming. I heard there are sometimes summer winds and was trying to get an idea of how frequent or bad these winds are.

I will be there in the beginning of August for 6 days and will be staying in the Old Town. Are the waves going to be really rough? Is this a good beach destination in the summer?

How's the atmosphere at the beach? Is it romantic and calm or are there lots of kids and activities going on?


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1. Re: How's the beach near the old town in summer?

If you are looking for a romantic beach in Crete, Rethymnon in August is not the place to go to. It is a fine sandy beach however, it will be busy in August as this is the time most Greeks take their summer holidays. Going to the village for the Aug.15th holiday and all that... The waves can be rough but just the same the sea can be "like oil" as the Greeks say. It is anybody's guess what the sea will be like, you do get strong winds in August. You will just have to take it in your stride. It is a good destination if you like things lively and at the same time the Old Time is really romantic.

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2. Re: How's the beach near the old town in summer?

rethymnon is wonderful but its beach is quite disappointing...

maybe you should also rent a car and explore some beaches outside the town

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3. Re: How's the beach near the old town in summer?

Rethymnon has a great bus service and you can get to a quiet beach to the west of town in 15 minutes. The bus station is also on the west side of town.

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4. Re: How's the beach near the old town in summer?

The winds called meltemia are usually after half of August. The problem isn't just waves, but underwater currents also.(VERY DANGEROUS) Just look for the red flag (or black) and don't enter the sea!

Rethymno beach is on of the longest beaches in the island, probably the longer. It is the first destination. But you can also try some beaches outside rethymno on the east or west part

The atmosphere in like classic greek beach. Lots of umbrellas and some places where the beach is free. Usually not much kids playing around making noise and some activities like parasailing and similar :)

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5. Re: How's the beach near the old town in summer?

For the most clean beaches and and clear waters I'd suggest you the beaches at the south part of Rethymno like Preveli, Plakias, Ag. Galini, Triopetra, or Agios Pavlos. You'd need to rent a car to go there. BUT if you see strong north wind DO NOT go at those beaches, because you won't enjoy them.

Rethymno has the longest beach in Crete in town, but it's busy especially on weekends.

My suggestion: try not to miss Preveli, it's heaven on earth!

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