A great idea while in Crete is to visit one of the traditional villages of Rethymno. You can eat in traditional tavernas, visit a monastery or historical buildings, meet local people. Some villages in Rethymno:
Anogia: This is a lovely village built on the slopes of a mountainside. Its men fought for in all the important battles of Crete and Anogia is considered among the most authentic villages on the island.
Agia Galini: Agia Galini is a small fishing village on the southern side of Rethymnon Crete. Over the last years, it has developed into a tourist resort but things are kept calm and relaxing.
Argiroupolis: Argiroupolis is a small mountainous village, surrounded by pure nature. Its inhabitants deal mostly with farming and cattle breeding.
Spili: Spili is a beautiful village built on the slopes of a green mountainside. Authentic and traditional, Spili gives a nice view of daily life in Crete.