|Coordinates: 35°15′N 24°35′E / 35.250°N 24.583°ECoordinates: 35°15′N 24°35′E / 35.250°N 24.583°E|
|• Total||1,496 km2 (578 sq mi)|
|• Density||57/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||GR-93|
|Car plates||ΡΕ (Rho Epsilon)|
Rethymno (Greek: Περιφερειακή ενότητα Ρεθύμνου) is one of the four regional units of Crete, Greece. Its capital is the city of Rethymno. Today its main income is tourism. The countryside is also based economically on agriculture and herding.
The regional unit Rethymno is subdivided into 5 municipalities. These are (number as in the map in the infobox):
The Rethymno prefecture (Greek: Νομός Ρεθύμνου or Ρεθύμνης) was created while Crete was still an autonomous state, and was preserved after the island joined Greece in 1913. As a part of the 2011 Kallikratis government reform, the Rethymno regional unit was created out of the former prefecture. The prefecture had the same territory as the present regional unit. At the same time, the municipalities were reorganised, according to the table below.
|New municipality||Old municipalities||Seat|
Note: Provinces no longer hold any legal status in Greece.
The main towns of the regional unit Rethymno are (ranked by 2011 census population):