Rethymnon is Crete’s third-largest town and one of the most well-preserved
Venetian old towns on the island of Crete. Its 16th-century buildings are
stunning examples of ancient architecture, and the monolithic Fortezza reflects
both European and Moorish influences.
Rethymno is one of the most
picturesque, with a charming harbour and massive Venetian fortress. Rethymno's
harbour area is a fine place for a coffee at one of the cafes. The Fortress
dominates the city and makes Rethymno very photogenic, its pedestrian streets
below, strewn with charming old buildings. Venetian influences abound and the
minarets and domed mosques remind of the Turkish influence long gone.
Explore the magical waterfalls, rock formations, and ‘"cave church" of Saint
Anthony Gorge before taking a pleasant evening stroll along the colorful
Venetian Harbor. The delightful Venetian-Ottoman quarter is a maze of narrow
streets, graceful wood-balconied houses and ornate Venetian monuments, with
minarets adding a touch of the Orient.