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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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  • Lovely old cobbled streets full of shops and restaurants. The owners can get a bit too aggressive trying to lure you in to eat/shop though so avoid eye contact!  more »
  • A must for anyone that likes history or just likes to see something different from an amazing​ fortress to fantastic harbour the old town has an atmosphere to die for and food well no words there are ...  more »
  • Plenty of restaurants and shops. Lovely harbour and port. Visit Alana, lovely taverna in town for lunch/dinner.  more »