Visit the beautiful Rethymno in Crete
The beautiful location of Rethymno is located the north coast of Crete and is a pleasant old town lined with tiny streets and white washed houses. A significant fortress stands above the town which was used to protect the town from pirates. It's a favorite destination for travelers.
Rethymno is also a good place to use as when looking to explore Western Crete. The town has many trekking and diving services for those looking for an active getaway.
The old quarter is a maze of narrow streets draped in floral canopies, stylish woodbalconied houses and ornate Venetian monuments, with minarets adding a touch of the Orient. While architectural similarities invite comparison with Chania, Rethymno has a character all its own.
Rethymno has a number of fun small shops, including a good carved olive wood shop and numerous shops offering door amulets and ship models made of sterling silver. The Rethymno Museum has a pretty gift shop featuring reproductions, including some small statues.
Rethymno is loaded with impressive beaches, intriguing archaeological sites and Byzantine churches, lovely villages, lively resorts and its capital, the town of Rethymno, is a very desirable city which has kept many examples of the magnificent Venetian architecture.
The most enticing parts of the city is the old town located on the waterfront. The fortress dominates the area, the site of what was once an acropolis. Within the great walls were once a plethora of buildings, but today, only a church and a mosque survive, and there are many ruins to explore.
The nearby town of Rethymno has a good choice of shops, bars and restaurants and the nightlife is pretty exciting here too. The harbor has some wonderful eateries which serve fish which has been caught locally.
Out of the town, the mountains have a exciting array of villages and churches to visit and experience. The shoreline around Rethymno is where you can the resorts of the area, and finding a quiet beach can be tough in the summer months.
Rethymno itself began a period of growth when the Venetian conquerors of the island decided to put an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania, acquiring its own bishop and nobility in the process. Today's old town ( palia poli ) is almost completely built by the Venetians . It is probably the best preserved old towns in Crete.