Things to see


Venetian Harbor of Rethymnon
The Venetian Harbor of Rethymnon, next to the modern harbor of the city, with the Egyptian lighthouse is one of the most picturesque areas of the old town. It operated in the Byzantine period (after 961), but flourished during the Venetian period. The Venetians in the 14th century started major projects to facing the problem of siltation, which holds till today. It is one of the most striking sceneries you can see in the town of Rethymnon and you cna combine it with eating at one of the several seaside taverns.

Historical – Folklore Museum of Rethymnon
In the old town of Rethymnon, a Venetian mansion has opened its halls and houses the historical and folk museum of the city. The Venetian building of the Foundation, a historical listed monument of the 17th century, offers the ideal space for the presentation of its collections while the museum’s operation contributes to the protection of the monument. The museum’s exhibition grounds (permanent exhibition) extend into five (5) halls and include mainly traditional craft and folk art items.

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Fortress Fortezza in Rethymnon
Fortezza fort dominates the hill Palekastro beside the old town of Rethymnon and is one of the biggest fortresses of the Venetian Era. It has been built on the site of the citadel of ancient Rithimna and the Temple of Artemis Rokkea. The grand pentagonal fort was built in the 1573 and has perimeter 1300m long. Along the walls you will find four bastions (St. Luke, St. Elijah, St. Paul, St. Nicholas).

Arkadi Monastery
Arkadi Monastery is located near the village Amnatos, 23km east of Rethymno. It is built at an altitude of 500m, on a fertile plateau with olive groves, vineyards, pine, cypress and oak trees. Around the monastery there are several picturesque chapels and from there starts the beautiful Arkadi gorge.

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Museum of Eleftherna
The Museum of Ancient Eleftherna is the first museum inside an archaeological site in Crete, as it is located next to the ancient city of Eleftherna. The three halls of the museum host the whole history of Eleftherna from 3000 BC to 1300 AD with everyday objects and artworks.

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