Rethymno Town, Crete island: Rethymno is the capital and the commercial centre of the prefecture of Rethymno located 80 km east of Heraklion and 60 km west of Chania. It counts on 20,000 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in trade and tourism.
As Rethymnon has a university, it stays lively all year round. The beautiful town of Rethymno stands on the site of the ancient city of Rythimna that many excavations have revealed. The town combines an old time aristocratic appearance with a modern aspect, captivating all visitors with its traditional layout and rich cultural heritage.
The old town is built around the impressive Venetian fortress Fortezza, retains its elegance and unique architecture with the arches, the beautiful churches and the Turkish fountains. Various elements are participating to the charm of this attractive town including the arched doorways, the Hellenic and Roman remains, the municipal gardens and the beautiful Venetian buildings.
The modern town of Rethymno offers a vast range of tourist facilities and lies around the natural bay. There you will find many seaside taverns and restaurants, on the busy waterfront as well as all types of accommodations and local shops. In the heart of the town lies the picturesque Venetian port, the most romantic spot in Rethymno.
Ferries depart for the harbour of Piraeus and the nearby port of Souda. In high season, the streets of Rethymno town thrive with activity from the tourists that arrive from different parts of the world. The most important sightseeings that visitors shall visit in Rethymno is the Municipal Garden, the Mosques, the Archaeological Museum and the Venetian fortress that dominates the town.