The city of Rethymno, built directly on ancient Rhythmna, is distinguished from Heraklion and Chania, as here the Greek Renaissance character dominates, since most noblemen were Greeks, the so-called "nocturnal". Emblematic presence is the famous Venetian castle of Fortetsa, on the hill of Palaikastro. The magnificent pentagonal building is sized to accommodate the entire city, with barracks, a hospital, a church and the Erofili Theater where events take place in the summers. Approximately in the center of the Fortress stands the magnificent mosque of Ibrahim Khan, and nearby there is the present temple of Saint Catherine. Downhill the narrow streets in the old town, with the fragrant gardens and Venetian mansions of Arkadi Street, and when you get tired, sit in one of the picturesque cafes and taste the raki with Cretan mezedes. In the center of the old town, visit the Archaeological Museum of Rethymnon and admire findings that represent all periods from Neolithic to Roman times such as the marvelous statue of Aphrodite, examples of hagiographical art, etc. The Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in a beautiful Venetian building and hosts samples of Greek visual arts from 1950 to today is also interesting . Here lies the Municipal Art Gallery "L. Kanakakis ", with his own works and many others. For lovers of history and tradition in general, a visit to the Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymnon is a good choice. A bunch of thematic collections are housed in a 19th-century Renaissance building, with the larger one containing personal items of El. Venizelos, banner of the Cretan Revolution, historical documents etc There is also the Rimondi Fountain nearby to cool you and take you to old seasons full of glamour. So does the Loggia just below, with its large Venetian windows - exhibited showrooms, and the courtyard, which hosts an outdoor exhibition of Venetian sculptures, creating excellent impressions. At dusk, do not get bored to venture into the Venetian harbor, at the edge of the old pier, to admire the elaborate nine-meter-long Egyptian Lighthouse of the city. The view of the sunset is amazing. If you are on the island during the summer, you can get a taste of the cultural events of the city with events such as the Wine Festival and the Renaissance Festival. If you come back in February, you can get into the wild rhythms of the Rethymno Carnival or a little earlier to join the Treasure Hunt of the city.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL-RELIGIOUS MONUMENTS AND AREAS
Monastery of Prophet Elias in Roustika
Twenty km south of Rethymno, high on the hill, with panoramic views, is one of the most historic monasteries of Crete. With a fortified three-aisled basilica architecture with a dome and a unique preserved Venetian bell-along with that of the Arkadi Monastery - it hosts great heirlooms.
Avgoustinian Monastery (Neratze Mosque)
One of the most important Venetian foundations, varied by Hussein Pasha, conqueror of Rethymnon, who added a 33 meter minaret. Today it is a conservatory and a venue for events.
Monastery of Panagia Antifonitria
It is located in the village of Myriokefala, 29 km southwest of Rethymnon, where the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary of the 18th century and other heirlooms are kept. It took its name from the miraculous way of finding it, which while hidden by the Cretans for protection, she shouted to declare her existence.
Chalevi Monastery at Chromonastiri
It is 12 km south of Rethymno, on the way to Chromonastiri. A Venetian creation, where the monastery church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is preserved with its unique flame-shaped windows. It has been declared as preserved monument of the Greek state.
Monastery of Arkadi (Chanli Monastir)
A monastery that impresses not only for its fortress characteristics, but also for the symbolism that emits as the place of Resistance to the liberation struggle of the Cretan people and more generally in every form of defiance. It is known for the Holocaust of 1866 which created the conditions for the liberation of the island. It is located on a 500 meter high plateau, 23 km south of Rethymnon, and is a monumental architecture of the early years of Venetian domination. In its very interesting museum there is the Holy Naval War, relics of worship, etc.
Palaeontological Museum of Goulandris
The Moastaba Mosque is itself a great monument with 9 domes and adjacent cells, surrounded by a variety of trees and plants of Cretan land. It presents original findings of endemic mammals such as Cretan elephants and the deer of the Rethymnon.
The Municipal Library of Rethymnon
Housed in the precinct of the church of Agia Varvara, with over 130,000 books and a rich newspaper archive, it is one of the richest libraries in Greece.
About 35 km south of Rethymnon and 10 km east of Plakias lies Preveli with the most famous beach of the South, which receives the waters of the Kourtaliotis river, which starts from the homonymous canyon, among palm tree clusters, to come to one, sandy beach, with cold, crystal clear waters and pebbled seabed. Access is made either from the west, from Plakias to the Preveli Monastery following the special signage, we reach a large parking lot and take the path to the sea through paradise routes. Otherwise, we drive the dirt road to the nearby Drimiskianos Ammoudi and take the path to Preveli in just 5 minutes. Otherwise,there are buses starting from Agia Galini and Plakias, to Preveli. Ancient finds of early historical times that make it a point of historical interest were found in the gorge
Beaches of Triopetra
It is located 52 km south of Rethymnon and 13 km southeast of Akoumia village, accessible by car via asphalted roads. A fantastic beach with wonderful waters, with sand dunes and white sand beams, rivers and stone formations, cluttered in unison, and a unique sunset that will be unforgettable.
Beaches of Bali
Near 30 km east of Rethymnon and 43 west of Heraklion is the seaside tourist resort of Bali, from which the national road Heraklion-Rethymno passes. It is formed by four picturesque creeks, with its own uniqueness, which makes the visitor stay alert.
The beach of Agios Pavlos
Suitable for families, in a quiet, sheltered bay with green waters and amazing seabed, Damnoni beach, a popular tourist resort with excellent infrastructure, the verdant Fwtinari, ideal for fishing and masks and so many other beaches capable of attracting the visitor with their uniqueness.
Next to the Amaryanos River, 61 km southeast of Rethymnon, a seaside tourist resort capable of satisfying even the most demanding visitor. Constant sea temperature 18 degrees Celsius, while next to the river there are the ruins of the ancient temple of Artemis.
The beautiful French Gorge ends in the city of Rethymnon.
It is located in Agios Vasilios Rethymno. No gorge on the island has such turquoise and beautiful waters. There are deep ponds ideal for bunjee-jumping and diving from above.
Around 22 km south of Rethymnon, a canyon with an exceptional aesthetic, biological and ecological value, it hosts rare species of flora and fauna. Among them are the Gipsy, the water-lily, the sea lilies and the posidonia and the magical Palm Tree. The strong air passing through the passages of rocks generates sounds like a whistle, hence his name. Its approach to Limni Preveli beach is truly unique.
Agios Antonios Patsos Canyon
Approximately 8 km southwest of Arkadi monastery. With ever-running waters, lush landscapes and a unique waterfall in a cave along with the rocky temple of St. Anthony, next to the source of holy water.
Hiking, climbing, snowboarding, river trecking, diving, kite surfing, canyoning, water sports are some activities one can choose since Crete is the paradise of nature lovers.
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