Beaches of Rethymnon by Charalampos Kydonakis in Crete

These photos were taken at the seaside of Rethymnon, a typical tourist town in Crete. In the winter the beach is brown and blue, the only colors around. In the summer the people who visit the seaside fill it with sound and the colors we miss during the winter.

Name:Charalampos Kydonakis
Tell us about Rethymnon:

Rethymnon’s historic center was built by the Venetians. It has a lot of influence from the Italian Renaissance, as well as Ottoman monuments. Most people come here to visit the old town and go to the beach, which is located near the city center. Loutra, a small village near Rethymnon, is the place where Louis Tikas, the leader of the miners at the Ludlow Massacre, was born.

A perfect day?

In the winter, a perfect day would be shooting photos and meeting with friends for raki, the local alcohol drink. In the summer, it would be swimming in the sea and then enjoying a cold beer or a siesta.

What is the best thing about Rethymnon?

My friends, the good weather, the old town, the beach, and the small villages nearby filled with good food and clean air.

What is the worst?

Too many advertisements and too many umbrellas at the beach.

What would be surprising about Rethymnon to an outsider?

Come here to find out.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Sam Peckinpah, Nikos Kazantzakis, Weegee


Name:Charalampos Kydonakis


Favorite place to eat:

Taverna Eleven

Favorite place to drink:

The Garden of Ali Vafi

Local Tip:

The one who is patient makes an omelet. The one who is not breaks an egg and eats it raw.

Must Do:

Walk every corner of the old town.