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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  • More authentic part of Rethymno than the beach strip. Bit tricky to drive in (lots of one way streets) but all the more charming to stroll around in :)  more »
  • Rethymno Old Town, a must visit for everyone. Dozens of little shops in the alleys, selling souvenirs, local goods as cheese, oil, mountain tea and hand picked herbs. You can shop for clothes...  more »

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