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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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  • Great food and great vibes. You will get lost and fall in love with the labyrinthine like streets and the ocean views.  more »
  • A cosy district that consists of several streets with many restaurants, bars and shops. This is where the big tourist crowds are gathering in the evening, giving the crowds and a lot of entertainment. To eat out at one of the restaurants is a "must". If there would be something to put my finger on, it should perhaps have been more clothing stores in the shopping street. Must be experienced by all the tourists in Rethymnon.
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  • Super cozy place, lots of history and cozy streets where one can easily get the time to go. The old Palace is affordable in price, so is also worth a visit.
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Where to stay in Rethymnon

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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