The Prefecture of Rethymno is the heart of the island of Crete and is one of the most beautiful places in Greece,with endless beaches, caves, gorges and unique flora and fauna.
Rethymno awaits you with clear blue seas and Mount Psiloritis, surrounded by traces of a civilizations that date back 4,500 years.
Rethymno is one of the most well preserved Renaissance cities in Greece.
The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine churches and monasteries. The Hellenic-Roman remains and the small Venetian harbour with their narrow streets transport you back in time.
The city's Venetian citadel, the Fortezza is one of the best-preserved castles in Crete. Other monuments include the Neratze mosque (the Municipal Odeon Arts Centre), the Great Gate, Piazza Rimondi (Rimondi square) and the Venetian Loggia (hosting the information office of the Ministry of Culture).
The new municipality of Rethymno was formed in 2011 by the local government reform, with the merger of the following 4 former municipalities : Arkadi, Lappa, Nikiforos Fokas and Rethymno.
- Area: 397,5 km square
- Population: 54,900
Municipality Main Tourist Attractions:
- The Old Town of Rethymno
- Sacred Monastery of Arkadi
- Preveli Monastery & Beach
- The Venetian Fortezza
- Agia Galini Beach
- Kournas Lake