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.
Tours to Rethymnon Old Town
$98 BOOK WITH VIATOR Lonely Planet Experiences: Rethymnon Morning History & Local Food Tour
Duration: 4 hours
$75 BOOK WITH VIATOR West Crete Day Tour: Chania, Rethymno, Lake Kournas - from Heraklion region
Duration: 10 hours
Rethymnon Old Town reviews
More authentic part of Rethymno than the beach strip. Bit tricky to drive in (lots of one way streets) but all the more charming to stroll around in :) more »
Rethymno Old Town, a must visit for everyone. Dozens of little shops in the alleys, selling souvenirs, local goods as cheese, oil, mountain tea and hand picked herbs. You can shop for clothes... more »
We decided to go to Crete for a week in the end of October the very special year when pandemics rules the world. We haven’t regret that! It felt safe and easy to follow the recommendations about... more »
Plan your trip to Rethymnon
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Rethymnon
See all ›
Hidden gems in Rethymnon
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Rethymnon
18 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Chania Town · Rethymnon · Hersonissos 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Chania Town · Rethymnon · Hersonissos 6 days in Malia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos · Heraklion Archaeological Museum · The Palace of Knossos 11 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Chania Town · Rethymnon · Elounda 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Chania Town · Elafonissi · Hersonissos 43 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Heraklion · Elounda · Sitia 9 days in Malia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Malia 14 days in London, Mykonos & Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM London · Mykonos Town · Chania Town 20 days in Crete BY A USER FROM GREECE Rethymnon · Hersonissos 22 days in Greece BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Rethymnon · Milos · Fira 24 days in Greece BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM Tsilivi (Planos) · Kalamaki · Argostolion 8 days in Crete BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA Hersonissos · Chania Town · Elafonissi
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.