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 streets of Rethymno in old town are so much fun to explore. You will find many shops but also churches, museums and old buildings reflecting various periods of history for this part of Crete.  more »
  • The old town has many small streets with typical local goods. The Harbour is beautiful and nice for having a drink.  more »
  • Here you can go along the small streets with numerous shops extensively reading and if you want. In between, there are many nice pubs to the strengthening, old landmarks such as a mosque with minaret, as well as churches and old houses. Worth a trip in any case. A walk in the old port opened insights in earlier times.
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