The sandy beach of Rethymno is located just 1km east of the city centre, next to the Venetian port. It’s a lovely beach with golden sand and crystal clear shallow waters, very well organized and close to all amenities of the city. It is actually the western end of the vast 13km long beachfront of Rethymno Gulf, which stretches east all the way to Skaleta. The vast beach is always busy, but never seems crowded. If you wish so, you will certainly find a place where you can stay remote. Along the beach runs the city’s seafront road, Eleftheriou Venizelou Str., which is ideal for evening walking. It is needless to say that on the beach you will find services such as umbrellas, lifeguard, beach bars, showers, changing rooms, water sports, etc. But what you really should know is that the well-known sea turtle caretta caretta lays its eggs on the beach. Thus, do not get surprised if you meet signs that have marked with ropes, eggs have been found there and are protected. The Rethymno Gulf is one of the three most important places for the seaturtle in Greece, bearing more than 400 nests every year.