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Rethymno Youth Hostel

Rethymno Youth Hostel

Rethymno Youth Hostel is the hostel to visit when in Greece !

.. “ Imagine going to the huge island of Crete and then finally arriving in this amazingly ethnic and gorgeous town called Rethymno. You follow the directions and go under the old venetian arch, through an authentic Greek market and finally arrive at this quaint and small paradise of a hostel. There is this large tiled courtyard to sun bathe, a patio to play cards, talk and drink-but most importantly the opportunity to socialise with people and the awesome staff “ …

Rethymno Youth Hostel has always been the most sociable landmark since tourism started on the island of Crete years ago and a home away from home for travellers who wish to make new friends and discover from its very central position the endless natural and historical beauties of Crete .

Centrally positioned on the island of Crete, travelers can use our hostel as their base for day trips to the most attractive sites of the island like the Samaria Gorge, Elafonisi ' pink beach ' , Ballos beach , Lake of Kournas, Preveli beach , Knossos Palace , Festos Minoan town and lots more natural and archaeological sites in our area . Our helpful staff will always
be there to offer you the best tips .

Entering from the street you will find a historical Venetian building - overlooking one of the towns imposing minarets - with stone walls and wooden floors upstairs. Downstairs there is a beautiful patio surrounded by the green of our gardens for relaxation . 

We are set within a peaceful neighbourhood in the heart of Rethymno old town yet close to town's gorgeous long ( 10 km ) sandy beach and the whole island's most exciting nightlife !

In the evening you can chill out on our patio ,make use of our free WiFi , cook meals for yourselves or have a drink with your fellow travellers before heading out to the local bars and restaurants.

Awarded as “ the Best Value Hostel “ from Hostelbookers and being open all year to serve travelers.

Our warm and friendly atmosphere will make your stay at Rethymno Youth Hostel a memorable one.





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“A must for open and curious ones !”

You want a place in Rethymno where to meet travellers of any age or country, discover each other with a cold beer on the balcony?You want to eat together under the advises of one of the best magician cook in town, where anyone can participate? You want to find the best persons to advise you about what to see and what to avoid during you next trip with the rented car? You just want to do Rethymno by night and have a cheap bed in the old town, at less than 3 minutes from all the best bars?
Let me name it for you : THE YOUTH HOSTEL OF RETHYMNO !









 no curfew in the center of Rethymno old town, close to the bus station and the beautiful sandy beach.
TV and music system free WiFi available
hot showers shaded courtyard and lawned garden
breakfast, snacks, and cheap drinks available BBQ and social evenings
safety deposit box , lockers in the rooms book exchange, newspapers, and magazines
help desk to organize day trips / activity tours clothes washing facilities
mixed and single sex dormitories open to travellers of all ages
cctv security system kitchen facility and fridge
air conditioning washing machine


The prices are: 16€ per person per night during April, May and November, 18€ per person per night during June and October, 20€ per person per night during July, August and September. There is a special weekly rate (one night is for free) , a monthly rate (on request) and special discounts for groups.

The reception hours are from 09.00–13.00 and 17.00–23.00.

If you require further information on Youth Hostel Rethymno facilities or to ask for a monthly price please feel free to contact Joseph  at [email protected] for further details.







Do I need an international youth hostel membership card?

No. This hostel as most in Greece is privately owned and run.

How do I get to the hostel?

There are ferries everyday to Heraklion or Hania from Piraeus which leave at 21.00 hrs. Buses to Rethymno are available to ferry passengers as they disembark. There are regular bus services from both Chania and Heraklion every hour all day every day. Refer to the map on our homepage for walking directions from the bus station.

When is the hostel open?

The reception hours are from 09.00–13.00 and 17.00–23.00

How much is this going to cost me?

The prices are: 16€ per person per night during April, May and November, 18€ per person per night during June and October, 20€ per person per night during July, August and September. There is a special weekly rate (one night is for free) , a monthly rate (on request) and special discounts for groups.

What sorts of room are available?

All the rooms in the hostel are dormitories most with 6-8 beds. There are no single or double rooms.

How long can I stay for?

A: There is no limit on how long you can stay. Students studying at the town's university and guests combining holiday and work often take advantage of our long-stay availability.

Am I too young/old to stay at your hostel?

There are no age limits. We often have more mature hostellers visiting us and joining the fun. Family groups are welcome but due to the demand in high season we must have a reservation well in advance.

Do we need to bring sleeping bags/sheets?

It is advisable to bring your own if possible. We do have a limited number of winter blankets, sheets and towels (free of charge). 

Does your hostel organize trips and activities?

Our hostel has a wealth of information and knowledge available about the local area and environment. You can find information about the hostel activities on the Location tab or just ask our friendly manager when here.








About Rethymno

Rethymno Youth Hostel - About Rethymno

Rethymno City

Visitors return every year to this small mediterranean town with its renaissance architecture, Venetian fortress, museums, and sandy beaches. The gorges, mountain ranges, hidden villages, and historical sites offer plenty of new impressions even to the most experienced travellers. Welcome to Rethymno. We are sure you will enjoy your stay and come back again!


Arkadi Monastery

Rethymno Youth Hostel - Arkadi Monastery

A Historic Monastery

is perhaps the best known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866. However, its location and impressive architecture make it all the more special.



Rethymno Youth Hostel - Preveli

Lake And Beach

is located about 35km south of Rethymno. Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) is flowing.


The gorge of Samaria

Rethymno Youth Hostel - The gorge of Samaria

The Samaria National Park

is the second most visited tourist attraction on Crete (following the Minoan palace of Knossos) and by far the most popular walk. It is an area of stunning natural beauty.

The Samaria National Park is exceptionally rich in plant and animal life. In the gorge you will find unique species protected under international law.


Kournas Lake

Rethymno Youth Hostel - Kournas Lake

a beautiful landscape

is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Lake Kournas was known as Lake Koressia in antiquity but later took its current name from the Arabic word for lake.


Mili Gorge

Rethymno Youth Hostel - Mili Gorge

a stunning green oasis

is a stunning green oasis near the town of Rethymno. It is actuallya ravine inside which hosts a huge number of plants and trees, a real botanic garden. It is located north of the village Chromonastiri and south of Xero Chorio.


Geography and Climate

Rethymno Youth Hostel - Geography and Climate

Rethymno is one of the four prefectures of Crete stretching from the White Mountains to Mount Psiloritis - bordered by the prefectures Chania and Heraklion. Rethymno with its 25,000 inhabitants is the capital of the prefecture. Rethymno today counts 263 villages with an average number of 200 residents.
The climate is mild Mediterranean and particularly dry and warm. There is sunshine on 245 days of the year and temperatures range from 12° to 27° C. The prevailing winds are northerly and north-westerly with occasional strong hot southerlies from the African continent.






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