Rethymno Carnival

TBC Jan 2018 - Feb 2018
rethymno, crete

If you love a good party with a splash of culture on the side then head to Rethymno Carnival in Crete for three weeks of parades, parties and performance.

  • When? TBC 2018
  • Where? Rethymno, Crete
  • Price: Free

The ancient Greeks liked partying so much they had a God - Dionysus - dedicated to wine, merry-making and festivities. A lot's changed in the thousands of years since yesteryear but the Greeks' love of a good ol' knees up has stayed firmly part of the culture. And nowhere is this more true than Crete's Rethymno Carnival, which hosts three weeks of parades, parties and performance.

Held in the three weeks leading up to Orthodox Ash Monday, this citywide event has become a firm fixture on the island's cultural calendar. Masked performances, street theatre, traditional music and colourful processions fill the streets and there's a packed programme of shows, music recitals and feasting. Different ''teams' participate in everything from dance competitions to treasure hunts with lots to keep kids (and big kids) entertained.

There's plenty on throughout the three weeks but if you're short on time, try and catch the grand parade on the final Sunday of the event. A multi-coloured procession and street performance extravaganza, this is one party you won't want to miss. You might need to pray to the hangover gods the morning after though.

  • Get there: Fly to Crete then drive to Rethymno. The carnival takes place in the city centre.
  • Stay: Book accommodation in Rethymno to be close to the action.

Visit the official website for more information.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!