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. Use our Rethymnon trip planner to add Rethymnon Old Town and other attractions to your Rethymnon vacation plans.
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  • The old narrow streets of Rethymnon are a labyrith but luckily so small that you never really get lost. You'll find everything here in a nice environment  more »
  • This old srad of Rethymnon consists of many small streets. The necessary shops and restaurants. Also there are some Antiquities and scrap. Very cute and hours of shopping fun.
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  • The Venetian port was very nice. We were there in the evening. I found the atmosphere very nice and romantic. Only annoy the restaurants with their nartnäckigen offerings. They are intrusive and not continue yew. The food was quite expensive, that does not eat there troth freshly caught fish was so good the price justifies. Although shops in typical tourist product offer, the alleys of the old town are still beautiful.
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A growing number of visitors to Rethymnon choose to stay in one of the surrounding villages, where air-conditioned rooms near well-developed beaches cost considerably less than in the city itself. The elegant guesthouses just outside town provide a quiet night's sleep, as well as quick access to good shopping and dining options. If you prefer to stay in the thick of things, book a room near the city's Venetian port, a lively area that's just a walk away from the center's major attractions.
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