Rethymnon is a little piece of Venice that can be found in Crete. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways and many fountains. Are you travelling during your holidays to Rethymnon? If so, then you should visit some of the following places.

We will start of with the Loggia, which used to be a meeting place for Venetian nobles and officials. This square 16th century building was the place where the Venetians discussed trade and politics. Arkadiou Street is also known for having the most luxurious Venetian villas in Rethymnon. You can even get to see how they look on the inside as most of these have been turned into shops.

The Fortezza is the city’s Venetian-era citadel and one of the best-preserved castles in Crete. The site, also called Paleio Kastro or old castle, was probably already occupied by the early Minoan civilization. The Fortezza offers a breath-taking view of the town and an unforgettable experience if you walk within the old castle walls.

In Verando road you will find the Nerantze Mosque. The Mosque used to be a Venetian building dedicated to the virgin Mary, but was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman Turks in 1657. They added an elaborate entrance and three domes. Today it hosts exhibitions of contemporary art.

Another famous site in Rethymnon is the Piazza Rimondi, also known as Rimondi Square. You will find the Rimondi fountain that was erected in 1629 by Rimondi, the Venetian governor of the city. The water flows from three lions’ heads, which were the symbol of the Venetian empire.

There are plenty of other places you can visit and things you can do in Rethymnon. Feel free to ask the concierge for more information. What are you waiting for? Come and spend your holidays in Rethymnon!

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