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Rethymno Carnival 2024

A glorious event where the whole town becomes one big family

Dates: February 2024 (unconfirmed)

Rethymno Carnival
Rethymno Carnival
Rethymno Carnival

Annually, between late January and early March, the Rethymnon town holds a carnival that lasts for almost a month. Every year the theme of the event is different. So, let's get into the details!


The carnival begins in a very traditional way: a town crier tells people where the festival will take place. Then, it's time to party! The carnival is accompanied by plenty of get-togethers, such as "the dance of the teams" and "treasure hunt" activities, as well as traditional dances, folk music, concerts with a Cretan chorus and orchestra, challenging performances, children workshops, parades, and much more.

Besides, you will be able to enjoy traditional Cretan alcohol—"tsikoudiá," which is also known as "Raki." Don't miss a four-hour serenade "Kantáda"—carnival music groups walk along the streets and sing, filling the town with marvellous melodies. Another great activity is the bike ride, in which all sports fans are welcome to take part.

Last days of the carnival

Although the carnival lasts for three weeks, the most important events take place in the last days. At the end of the carnival, there is a glorious night parade, the Grand Parade, and the burning of King Carnival. On Ash Monday, you will be able to discover different kinds of traditional Cretan costumes. Visiting the Carnival in Rethymnon will surely bring you lots of positive emotions, unforgettable experiences, and sweet memories. So, book your accommodation in advance and have a wonderful time!

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin