Cultural Tour of Rethymno on Crete

Enjoy exploring the old town of Rethymno, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Greece. Take some time to stroll around its narrow streets, colorfully decorated with flowers, and discover the unique culture of this charming city.

  • The first thing to notice is how the city's Venetian fortifications mingle harmoniously with contrasting religious structures. You'll find a blending of Orthodox and Catholic churches standing near mosques and mansions sporting Venetian architecture. In the small Venetian Harbor, admire the 13th-century Venetian mole that once protected the city from the wild Cretan Sea. At the end stands the imposing lighthouse, built by the Turks after the 17th century.
  • Next, walk up to the Venetian Fortezza, an impressive Venetian fortress built in 1573 CE to protect the city. Here you'll find the remains of buildings and churches, plus incredible views of the city and the sea.

  • Move on to the Archaeological Museum and enjoy exhibits from Neolithic to Roman times. You can also view Archaic and early Christian artifacts from Eleftherna or Minoan items from Armeni and Monastiraki sites.
  • For something a bit lighter, pop into the Folklore and History Museum. Housed in a restored Venetian building with a beautiful courtyard, the gallery offers eight halls with over 5,000 items dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Peruse textiles, basket weaving, embroidery, lace, historical costumes, ceramics, photographs, maps, weapons, coins, and more. 

To wrap up the day, take a walk along the waterfront to visit the lighthouse or wander blissfully around the Old Town's cobbled streets. Stop to browse artisan shops or grab a snack at one of the seaside cafes. Either way, embrace the leisurely pace of beautiful Rethymno.

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