Rethymnon, the third largest city on Crete, with a population of about 30,000 people, is built on the site of ancient Rithymna (4th – 5th century). The city of Rethymnon is one of the best preserved medieval cities of Greece, where monuments of the archaeological, Ottoman and Venetian eras coexist in perfect harmony with the comforts of today in an extremely interesting way.
A stroll in the quaint alleys of the old town takes a special interest in the visitor, who has the opportunity to admire the magnificent listed buildings, the Venetian fortresses and the Turkish minarets.
Fortezza, the grand Venetian fortress on the hill of Paleokastro with the imposing view to the Aegean Sea and the city is undoubtedly the landmark of Rethymnon.
Exemplary preserved is the small Venetian harbor with its characteristic lighthouse, the Venetian Loggia, the Rimondi Fountain, the Municipal Garden, the impressive church of the Lady of the Angels, the Historical Museum of Rethymnon, the Erofili Theater, the Neratze Mosque, Agios Frangiskos Church (Saint Fransis Church), the Megali Porta (Porta Guora), the Kara Musa Pasha Mosque and the Venetian mansions of Arkadi Street.
End your day with a refreshing swim at the vast beach of Rethymnon, east of the Venetian harbor, and keep the beauties of the area forever etched in your memory.