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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  • Great way to spend a day out. Old town is beautiful and there is a great selection of shops and restaurants selling just about everything. I would echo previous reviewers comments about not just... 
    Great way to spend a day out. Old town is beautiful and there is a great selection of shops and restaurants selling just about everything. I would echo previous reviewers comments about not just...  more »
  • So many shops for wood, stones, jewels, souvenirs and more. Don’t be tempted to buy from the first shop on the edges of the town and wait till you venture into the centre. There are so many bars and.....  more
    So many shops for wood, stones, jewels, souvenirs and more. Don’t be tempted to buy from the first shop on the edges of the town and wait till you venture into the centre. There are so many bars and.....  more »

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