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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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  • The Old Town of Rethymno was beautifully preserved, with shops, churches or restaurants behind each curving turn of the alleys. The waterfront is particularly lovely, with many bars, shops and clubs. ...  more »
  • A lot of shops and cafes, etc. But very nice and fun to see the old buildings. Well worth to go through a couple of times and they are really good restaurants was on the streets here.
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  • Very nice place, with evening walk along the avenue where a bunch of busy restaurants
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