Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Greece  /  Crete  /  Rethymnon Prefecture  /  Rethymnon  /  Historic Sites  /  The Venetian Fortezza
The Venetian Fortezza, Rethymnon
(3.7/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
A relic of the Venetian occupation of Rethymon, The Venetian Fortezza stands in the center of town, offering 360-degree views of the coast below. In 1580, more than 107,00 Cretans were forced to help build the fort to protect the Venetians' last overseas colony. Unfortunately, several flaws, such as the lack of buttresses and a ditch, made the walls easy to scale without a ladder. In 1646, the Ottomans seized the fortress and settled the area inside. Many of the interior buildings have been destroyed, but the exterior fortifications remain intact. Before you head to Rethymnon, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Rethymnon trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Rethymnon has to offer, including The Venetian Fortezza.
Create a full Rethymnon itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Rethymnon

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Rethymnon by other users

6 days in Crete BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Greece BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in Greece BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Crete BY A USER FROM GREECE February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Greece BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Greece BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe & Middle East BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Greece BY A USER FROM MALTA January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 26 days in Europe, Asia & South Pacific BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 48 days in Europe BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA April, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA April, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The ancient fortress, built, like so much else, by the Venetians. Walk through the old town of Rethymnon, you can leisurely walk to the forts, climb a short but steep road, and you are spot on. After walking on the walls of the fortress will discover marvellous views and the sea and the surrounding countryside. All very interesting and beautiful. But keep in mind that during the season, up to 4:00 pm there's a MONSTROUSLY hot. So who does not tolerate heat recommend choosing visiting times and stocking up bottles with water. And visit this place, of course, necessary. But not with bus excursion. We have seen poor-trippers who run "chesaly" on heat from the old town to the fortress-health need to have very good, so culturally enriched.
    View original
  • The fortress lies on a headland close to the centre of Rethymno and involves a fairly steep walk to reach the entrance. It covers a huge site and be warned, there is very little shade so if you're the...  more »
  • It is another ocean view city! Bigger than what I through! It is about 90 minutes drive from Chania ! You may need one day wandering about the castle and the area! The shop no need to go inside! Nothi...  more »
Google
  • The surroundings here are beautiful. The place is very big and there is a lot to see.
  • Beautiful place, take your camera with you
    View original