If you visit the Greek island, Crete– a day trip to Rethymno (or Rethymnon) is a must. It’s one of the best preserved medieval towns in Greece and was once a bastion of the Venetians who left a mighty legacy– the large Fortezza (fortress).
The town was also ruled by Turks for a time so you’ll find a scattering of Ottoman mosques, a Hamam peeping from behind 16th century buildings.
You can choose visiting Rethymno for a relax day on the nearby beaches, or explore the historic center and enjoy the hidden cafes in cute cobblestone streets.
Here are few things you can do in Rethymno:
- Visit the Egyptian Lighthouse
- Have a candle light dinner at Venetian Harbor
- Must see the iconic Rimondi Fountain
- For breathtaking views over the sea and the city, visit Fortezza of Rethymnon
- Enter the old town through the Guora Gate (Megali Porto)
- Visit the religious buildings, such as: Catholic Church St. Anthony of Padua, Chapel of Agios Spyridon, Church of the Four Martyrs, Church of Our Lady of the Angels, Hagia Sophia Church, Kara Mousa Pasha Mosque, Neratze Mosque, Wayside Orthodox Shrines, Sultan Ibrahim Han Mosque
- Shop in Rethymnon old town for handmade ceramics, clothes, jewellery, organic food from the local farmers etc.
- Visit the Archeological Museum and learn about the Cretan history
- Stroll Along the Shore
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