Rethymno is surrounded by the sea from the north. Rethymno’s beach is spreading from the center of the town, along the new part, for 12km, to the east. To the west, the palm-lined promenade (El. Venizelou str.) starts, with parallelly one block back going Arkadiou str., both leading to the picturesque old Venetian harbor of Rethymno and continuing (through the town’s harbor) to a rocky shore, along the Venetian fortress. From the waterfront turning inside the town, there is the old town of Rethymno, with narrow streets, Venetian and Turkish houses, minarets and fountains. The old part ends at Porta Guora and continues with newer buildings to the south, up to the hills.
The beautiful beach of Rethymno, is the main -and sometimes the exclusive- attraction for the visitors. But there are some interesting monuments and sights to visit:
A green space in the center of Rethymno, offering a serene natural escape from the city. The town of Rethymno does not offer many playgrounds for children, but a good one can be found here. The Garden hosts the Wine Festival every July and many other cultural events. Location: Municipal Garden
Opposite the Cathedral, in the offices of the parish, the museum opened in 1994. Its permanent collection includes old objects from churches of Rethymno: the mechanism of the old clock of the bell tower of the cathedral which was operating from 1894 to 1986, an icon of Saint John from […]
The Museum is housed in the marvelous Veli Pasha Mosque. The Mosque was granted to the Goulandris Natural History Museum, by the Ministry of Culture and after gradual restoration because of the severe damages after the bombings on 1941, the Paleontological Museum started operating on July10, 2008, as the Goulandris […]