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Rethymnon Old Town, Rethymnon

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Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and the remains of a 15th-century fortress, Rethymnon Old Town offers a labyrinth of narrow backstreets, soaked in history and lined by balconied private homes. Built almost entirely by the Venetians, this "palia poli" (old town) maintains its aristocratic medieval appearance, featuring graceful arched doorways and stone staircases. Indisputably one of Crete's best-preserved old towns, this neighborhood also contains the ruins of Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman structures, as well as a 17th century Islamic mosque located inside a building that once served as a Venetian church. Start your exploration at the neighborhood's landmark Venetian loggia, which houses the town's tourist information office. Put Rethymnon Old Town into our Rethymnon travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rethymnon.
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  • Great location and what a view, almost unreal. Also nice route to get there. Fantastic piece list! A must go
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  • The most beautiful town in Crete. Very charming old port, where it is pleasant to take a walk, sit in a beautiful Tavern by the sea, the sunset ... In the old town's many attractions, walking, willy-nilly analogy with Venice, small narrow streets, cosy terraces, balconies at arm's length from each other. Enough time to see, to fall in love!
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  • Lots of atmosphere, small narrow streets, lots of shops, and places to eat and drink. People are always friendly and smiling. Cretans are righteous known for their hospitality.  more »