The city of Rethymno (or Rethimno) is a medieval town that has preserved its authenticity through centuries. It preserves the elements inherited by its history preserving at the same time the characteristics of a modern city and the beauty of an old city. Orthodox and Catholic churches, mosques, large Venetian architectural mansions, arches, and cobblestone streets create a wonderful atmosphere.
Fortezza. It is worth climbing up the hill Paléokastro and taking a walk in Fortezza. Fortezza is a fork built during the Venetian occupation to protect the city from attacks by pirates. A little further on is the small theater Erofili which is used for cultural events during the summer period.
The Museum of Folk Arts is housed in a Venetian building from the 17th century. Traditional handicrafts and folk art are on display.
The Archaeological Museum: exhibits of objects from the Neolithic period up to the years of the Roman Empire.
Lotzia, a beautiful building of the 6th century which now houses the Municipal Library is located in the old town. Lotzia was the gathering place of feudal nobles. Later, the Ottomans turned it into a mosque.
The Venetian port, one of the most beautiful sites of Rethymno, is ideal for romantic walks.
The prefecture of Rethymno is the smallest of Crete and is located between the White Mountains and Psiloritis Mountain. It is a mountainous region with legendary caves, historic monasteries and monuments, traditional villages and luxurious resorts.
In the region of Rethymno there are sites that are characterized as landscapes of exceptional natural beauty as:
- The cave of Melidoni. Its interior with its stalactites and stalagmites is particularly impressive.
- The city Axos with its ruins
- Idaion Antron, in which, according to mythology, Zeus was raised.
- Bali, coastal tourist resort.
- Patsos Gorge. This is an exceptional beauty throat with places to picnic
- The ruins of the city Elefthernas are located at the foot of Psiloritis. Excavations revealed an ancient aqueduct, cisterns, walls of the ancient city dating from the 4th century BC.
- Preveli lagoon : To get there you have to follow the road to the Monastery of Preveli. Downhill, an almost tropical landscape awaits you. The river flows gently towards the sea and the rich vegetation create a magnificent view. Worth visiting it!
- On Psiloritis Mountain there is the plateau Nida with the famous “mitata”, huts of stone shepherds. The plateau also has ski facilities during the winter.
- Gorges of extraordinary beauty cross the mountains of the region, like the Kourtalioti gorge 3km long, which ends at the famous preveli lagoon, the Patsos gorge, the Arkadi Gorge and others.
- The mountains of the region are exceptionally rich in caves. The most famous are those of Gerani, Melidoni, Agios Antonios, Idaion Andron (the cave of Zeus on the plateau of Mountain Psiloritis).
- Orthodox monuments such as stone chapels on Mount Psiloritis, historical monasteries and Christian churches enrich your visit to the island.
Beautiful sandy beaches await you on the north coast as well as on the south coast of the island. Some of them are:
- Panormos (or Panormo) : an organized beach with many taverns and hotels.
- Plakias with a stunning sandy beach and well-organized tourist infrastructure including water sports facilities.
- Preveli Beach is located on the south coast of Crete. The palm trees and the small lagoon make this sandy beach a truly unique exotic place. The village of Bali 34km east of Rethymno with small gulfs sheltered from the wind.
- Lake Kournas: the unique lake of Crete located in a hollow between two hills offers a truly different landscape. Its beautiful landscape is ideal for walks in the nature. Taverns and cafeterias with a view of the lake give you the opportunity to taste Cretan cuisine.