Rethymnon's annual wine festival takes place for about 10 days starting near the end of July. It's centered around the Public Gardens, with music and dancing to accompany the samplings of local wines. It's a modest affair, but we find it a welcome change from some of the more staged festivals.
FAST FACTS Several banks in both the old town and new city have ATMs and currency-exchange machines. The hospital is at 7-9 Trantallidou in the new town (& 28310/27-491). For Internet access, try the Caribbean Bar Café (behind the Rimondi Fountain) or the Alana Taverna (on Salaminas near the Hotel Fortezza). The most convenient laundry is next to the Youth Hostel, 45 Tombazi; open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 8pm. The tourist police (& 28310/ 28-156) share the same building with the tourist office, along the beach. The post office is east of the Public Gardens at 37 Moatsu 37 (& 28310/22-571); open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturday from 8am to noon. The telephone office (OTE) is at 40 Kountourioti 40; open daily from 7:30am to midnight.
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