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:
One of the most picturesque spots in Rethymno. It is protected from the waves and the enemies by a long pier with a high stone wall, built by the Venetians in the 13th century, which still survives today, almost intact. Overlooking the entrance of the Venetian harbour, on the edge […]
Rebuilt in 1626, by the Venetian Governor A. Rimondi, on the foundations of the older one, to provide the population with drinkable water. Rich in architectural and sculptural decoration, it is located in the liveliest area of the old town. Water still runs today from three lions’ heads into three […]