Rethymno is the third largest city of Crete and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Greece. Is one of the 4 big cities of Crete. It has a romantic atmosphere that derives from its Venetian and Turkish appearance. You may hear it being called the Venice of Crete. This place that moves slowly is perfect for realizing your fairytale romance.
Things to do during visit to RethymnoThe best time to explore is very early in the morning when the light is perfect and the tranquillity a sheer delight. This time of the day is perfect for visiting the Venetian - era Citadel, the Fortezza with the imposing views of the Aegean Sea and the city. Fortezza, built between 1573 - 1580, is one of the best-preserved fortresses on Crete. The buildings of Fortezza (the arsenal with the arched openings, the Episcopal Palace, Agios Theodoros the Trichinas, the Sultan Ibrahim Mosque, and the "Erofili" theatre) transport the visitor to the era of Venetian rule. At the entrance of the fortress, you will find a small archaeological museum that displays interesting exhibits from Neolithic to Roman times, etc. If you visit it don’t miss the Minoan goddess figurine.
The first landmark is the well-preserved Neratze Mosque, with its three domes and 27 meters - tall minaret. The impressive building was originally the main church of an Augustinian monastery. With the Ottoman rule, it was turned into a mosque (1657) and renamed in honor of Gazi Hüseyin Pasha, who had taken the city. Today, it is also known as the Odeon of Rethymno and hosts concerts.
Tips for road trip
Leaving the Old Town, a must visit in Rethymno regional unit is Arkadi Monastery, located on an attractive hill, 23 km southeast of Rethymno. It was built in the 14th century and rebuilt in the 16th century. In the center of the monastery stands the Byzantine church. The monastery is a symbol of the fight for freedom. It is one of the most important centers of the Cretan resistance against the Turkish occupation. In November 1866 the Turks sent 15000 men to besiege the monastery. After two days of siege and when the entrance was bombed by the Turkish canons, Cretans chose not to surrender and set fire to the store of gunpowder, blowing themselves up. Shot and sword marks can be seen on the door, walls and the table inside the refectory.
How to go to Rethymno?
Rethymno has the same distance from both main airports of Crete, Chania and Heraklion. After flying to either one of the airports you can take the bus, a taxi or rent a car.
Rethymno also has a daily ferry connection with Piraeus (Athens’s port). You can travel overnight from Athens and arrive in the centre of Rethymno.
Renting a car is the best option for travelers who prefer to make their own program. Our local car rentals offer affordable car rental prices. You can choose from luxury and economy vehicles Enjoy fleets of quality cars, all protected by fully comprehensive insurance policies and equipped with different amenities to help make your trip more comfortable.
You can easily book a vehicle online using our website, or by calling us at (+30) 6970980918 (What's app & Viber). Visit us and choose one of our cars.
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