Rethymno and its villages are live cart-postal, where fragrant Cretan kitchen and the Cretan lyre is heard. The plethora of recurring visitors, confirms the words of the poet:
“Rethymno is not a place you go but to come back.”
This region as a whole is rich with ancient history, most notably through the Minoan civilisation centred at Kydonia east of Rethymno. Rethymno itself began a period of growth when the Venetian conquerors of the island decided to put an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania, acquiring its own bishop and nobility in the process. Today’s old town (palia poli) is almost entirely built by the Venetians. It is one of the best preserved old towns in Crete.
The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, the small Venetian harbour and narrow streets. The Venetian Loggia houses the information office of the Ministry of Culture. A Wine Festival is held there annually at the beginning of July. Another festival, in memory of the destruction of the Arkadi Monastery, is held on 7–8 November.
The town was captured by the Ottoman Empire in 1646 and was ruled by it for almost three centuries. The town (Resmo in Turkish) was the centre of a sanjak during Ottoman rule.
During the Battle of Crete (20–30 May 1941), the Battle of Rethymno was fought between German paratroopers and Australian and Greek forces. Although initially unsuccessful, the Germans won the battle after receiving reinforcements from Maleme in the Northwestern part of the island
Today the city’s main income is from tourism, many new facilities having been built in the past 20 years. Agriculture is also notable, especially for olive oil and other Mediterranean products.
Can anyone meets the Historical Folklore Museum, where the halls of hosts fabrics, embroidery, costumes, etc. In addition there are special rooms with tributes to local traditional occupations and the Centre of Cretan Popular Art make their appearance workshops of traditional crafts such as pottery, vivlodesias, pottery, woodwork, etc.
The city’s history has remained unchanged over the centuries. The monuments in the city, the Venetian Harbour, the picturesque neighborhoods, the imposing of castle Fortezza, the “Great Gate”, the Basilica of St. Francis, the lily, the mosques, the Turkish school make visible their presence with the majesty that the grips.
The monuments in the city, the Venetian Harbour, the picturesque neighborhoods, the imposing of castle Fortezza, the “Great Gate”, the Basilica of St. Francis, the lily, the mosques, the Turkish school make visible their presence with the majesty that the grips.
The whole island of Crete is famous for its liveliness and the unique nightlife offering to the visitors. In the prefecture of Rethymno, you can find a wide variety of taverns, restaurants, bars, beach bars, clubs that can cover even the most demanding customers. The nightlife is concentrated in the capital, in Rethymno, but also the most popular tourist resorts, Agia Galini and Plakias.
Visit two of western Crete’s highlights on a full-day trip to Chrissoskalitissa Monastery and Elafonissi Island from Chania. After traveling by coach to ...MORE DETAILS