Spreading from its Venetian harbour through a maze of alleyways and lively streets, the Old Town of Rethymno contains all the life, history and traditions of Crete’s third largest city.
Sometimes Venetian, sometimes Ottoman but always unmistakably Cretan, Rethymno’s Old Town hides its secrets in plain sight. Taking a walk through the original settlement of the city located midway between Chania and Heraklion, on Crete’s northern coastline, is to relive its past through distinctive buildings, street markets, atmospheric alleyways and historical monuments.
You’ll understand how the Old Town became Crete’s third largest settlement, spreading from the harbour in around 1300, but also appreciate how it has retained its intimacy and colour, with little bars, cafes and concept stores opening in refurbished buildings. Still there, of course, are the tavernas where you can enjoy traditional Cretan food and music.
Ornate doorways decorated with Venetian crests, Ottoman mosques with minarets and the wooden facades of mansions all vie for your attention – before you emerge at the waterfront by the iconic harbour.
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