Rethymno Old Town is one of the best-preserved Renaissance towns, and it is a point of reference for visitors as well as locals. It combines Venetian architecture with Ottoman style, and it stands out for its beauty and picturesqueness.
Take a stroll in the atmospheric, pedestrian, Medieval narrow streets full of two-floor and three-floor mansions, and go back in time to live your own fairy-tale surrounded by an amazing scenery. The Venetian style is evident in every corner, and it gets mixed with Ottoman elements, creating a unique and unforgettable combination.
Rethymno Old Town has not been destroyed by earthquakes and can therefore be characterised as a living museum, with many Venetian and Turkish monuments in good condition. One of the most interesting ones is the Venetian Loggia, Rimondi fountain, Historical and Folklore Museum, Neratze Mosque, St. Francis church, the Great Gate of Rethymno (Porta Guora), the statue of the Unknown Soldier (at Iroon Square) and the Kara Mousha Pasha Mosque, etc.
In the narrow streets of Old Town you will also come across shops selling souvenirs, restaurants and tavernas (with local, Cretan as well as international cuisine dishes), and some of the most charming hotels, housed in old mansions.