Rethymnon (City), Crete Island

26 Reviews

Prefecture of Rethymnon

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Rethymnon (City)
    by Skibbe
  • Rethymnon (City)
    by Skibbe
  • Rethymnon (City)
    by Skibbe
  • steventilly's Profile Photo

    Rethymnon, Fortezza

    by steventilly Updated May 31, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Fortezza, Rethymnon

    The Fortezza was built around 1570 by the Venetians and is considered to be the biggest that they ever built. Inside it is sprawling, with a mixture of open land and scattered buildings. Amongst these is a mosque, a theatre and a couple of churches, and the open land is a nice place to bring a picnic and relax for a while. The views from the ramparts of the Fortezza over the whole of Rethymnon are spectacular.

    Was this review helpful?

  • steventilly's Profile Photo

    Rethymnon, Neratzes Mosque

    by steventilly Updated May 31, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Neratzes Mosque

    There's quite a few attractive, historical buildings in the Old Town too, such as this former mosque (Nerantzes Mosque) which is now used as a concert hall and music centre. This was right behind our apartment and the minarette filled the view from our bedroom window. Lovely.

    Was this review helpful?

  • steventilly's Profile Photo

    Rethymnon, Venetian Harbour

    by steventilly Updated May 12, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Venetian Harbour Front, Rethymnon

    The harbour is lined with restaurants and tavernas, mainly specialising in seafood. The views across the harbour to the lighthouse are very nice, especially in the evening around sunset when the lighthouse is bathed in a warm glow.
    The waiters/front men at these places are very pushy though, and physically block your path as you try to walk along the harbour side. This is very frustrating when all you want to do is walk round and have a look at the views etc!
    I would have liked to have eaten here one day but there were so many other places to eat that we never got round to it.

    Was this review helpful?

  • steventilly's Profile Photo

    Rethymnon Venetian Harbour

    by steventilly Written May 12, 2004

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    venetian Lighthouse, Rethymnon

    The Venetian Harbour area at Rethymon is very attractive, built as it is of very warm coloured stone that looks especially good at sunset. The most prominent feature on the harbour is the lighthouse (shown here) and this is also the best place to go to get a good view back across to the harbourside restaurants, which themselves form an attractive view.

    Was this review helpful?

  • steventilly's Profile Photo

    Rethymnon Old Town

    by steventilly Written May 12, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Old Town Street

    Rethymnon Old Town is a warren of narrow streets filled with colourful buildings, many of which seem to be tavernas, restaurants or shops, though there is plenty of residential housing too around the fringes. It's lovely to just wander through them all, finding what is around the next corner.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jannick_L.'s Profile Photo

    Rethymnon

    by Jannick_L. Updated Jun 5, 2003

    Small narrow streets, a lot of souvenir shops, restaurants, everything is very very touristic. This is not the real Crete. Nice too see for one day: venetian fortress, turkish minaret, venetian harbour.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo

    RETHYMNON

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Rethymnon

    There is a well-preserved Venetian fort behind the harbour and, like the other large towns on the north coast, Venetian influence is apparent in the architecture. Its maze of streets and alleys are now lined with shops, its old beachfront is home to restaurants and bars.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo

    RETHYMNON

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Rethymnon

    The Fortetza Fortress was built after 1573 to protect the city's population. It comprises four bastions and three entrances while to the north, its design is typical of the period with three look-out posts.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Helga67's Profile Photo

    RETHYMNON

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Rethymnon

    The Venetian harbour.
    From 1300, Rethymnon's harbour was constantly being changed and re-built to make it safer and hold more boats. Due to the prevailing currents along the coast, this was never entirely successful. It retains its picturesque character even today.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • chiara76's Profile Photo

    Rethimno - lighthouse and harbour

    by chiara76 Written Aug 8, 2004

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The harbour and lighthouse in Rethimno.
    1 more image

    When you already visited the fortress you should go to see the harbour with the very nice lighthouse and a lot of boads in the port.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • chiara76's Profile Photo

    Rethimno - by night

    by chiara76 Written Aug 8, 2004

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Rethimno Old City by night

    The Rethimno Old Town is worth seen by night. There is a lot of small restaurants and shops along with small nice roads.

    Related to:
    • Festivals
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Crete Island

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

86 travelers online now

Comments

View all Crete Island hotels