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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  • Enjoyed our morning in the old town and harbour. 3 hrs. was enough for us to walk through the small streets, see the harbour and castle. We had lunch at one of the restaurants just on the harbour.....  more »
  • Stopped here for lunch and it was so good! Great service and the food was really good. Definitely recommend this place for anyone in Old Town :)  more »
  • Our hotel was about a 20 minute walk into town but we did it twice a day as there was just so much to see. The walk there is along the lovely seafront anyway so that’s a bonus right at the...  more »

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