Duration: 8 hours
Rethymno is the third largest Cretan town , inhabited by 30.000 people. It was built on the location of Ancient Rithymna. The Venetian conquerors enhanced the fortress which was built during Byzantine times. In the Old Town , the Venetian urban development plan is still preserved and the area is well known for being picturesque and for its landscapes. They can be found while exploring the intricate streets.
The biggest fortress of Crete,“Fortezza” is located in Rethymno close to the Venetian harbor with the lighthouse. The Venetian Loggia , the Rimondi Fountain,the Historical museum of Rethymno, the Neratze Mosque and other landscapes are also worth visiting.
Rethymno’s beach is long and sandy and its starting point is east of the harbor
35 km south of Rethymno on the exit of the Kourtaliotiko gorge ,which follows the homonym river, is located the most popular beach of south Crete , Preveli.
On the back of the river is located the second largest Cretan Palm Forest and the Cretan palm of Theophrastos is found there.
Visitors can swim in the crystal waters of the Libyan Sea or walk along the river in the gorge.
The monastery of Preveli is located on southern Rethymno.
It is one of the most well known and historic monasteries in Crete.
It consists of two main building complexes, the Lower Monastery of saint John the Baptist and the Rear ( Upper ) Monastery of Saint John the Theologian.
The Lower Monastery is now quite abandoned while the Rear Monastery is still in operation as a male-only convent.
It was built in the 16th century on a stone mound, which offers great view to the sea.
- 35,00 € (taxi 1-4 seats)
- 60,00 € (mini van 1-8 seats)