The Venetian Fortezza
The Venetian Fortezza
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This beautiful 16th century fortress is a fusion of medieval European and Moorish architecture.
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  • 701David
    Fitzroy, Australia966 contributions
    Worth a Visit
    The fortress is impressive mainly due to its position and size sitting over the old town of Rethymno. The entry fee is minimal but, like a lot of sites on Crete, it needs some attention. More attention to restoration work would enhance its appeal.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2023
  • Andrei T
    Galati, Romania13 contributions
    Breathing history
    First of all I have been there for history that breath throughout the place. The majority go to this place for the view above Rhetymnon, which is anyway magnific. But for me it was a pleasure to touch the energy of the fight between Venetians and the Ottoman empire. And in the middle the struggle of the greek people. To improve the experience they have to offer guides, cause when I went there there were none. It remains that the visit is a must for anyone who visit Crete, and especially the beautiful town of Rhetymnon.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Marilena
    Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
    L a Bella vecchia fortezza …
    Greeks have been blessed with a great history of which they preserved impressive monuments. We have visited the Fortress but we expected a better experience, as we compared it with other similar sites, such as the Spanish Generalife in Granada. It’s a pity that such a monument is not better presented to the visitors. Despite the magnificent view towards the sea, the place looks a bit unkept, there are no signs on the walls to explain what you see, we saw plastic litter thrown through the grates of the dungeons, and all in all, the experience is achieved chaotically (a microscopic map on the back of the entrance ticket). Come on, guys, you can do better,
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • NickofSurrey
    Surrey, United Kingdom709 contributions
    Value for money
    Worth a visit with the minimal admission fee (€4 or €10 for a family ticket). 20 min queue to get in on a Monday in Sept. Take cash,as when we got to the front of the queue, the cashier was reluctant to take payment by card as they didn't get a great signal. When she realised we weren't moving, she got the card payment machine,and by a miracle we completed payment within in 30 seconds. The fortress covers a very large surface area with great views in all directions. Has about 20 small buildings in it. There is a kiosk inside the gate which sells beverages at a very reasonable price.i was surprised how uneven the ground surface was,as expected something like you find in castles from the 16th century in Northern Europe.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • A J
    Stevenage, United Kingdom108 contributions
    Fortress
    Interesting place to visit. Lots of bits to see. Some of the ground is uneven and rough so need to watch your footing. Only 4 euros entry which is probably worth it. Great views from the top. You can get a site map at the ticket office. Take water and a hat on hot days as not much shade. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Mark S
    Frankfurt, Germany33 contributions
    Nice to see but not a 'must see'
    A well restored fortress on top of a hill. Ruined buildings overlooking Rethymno, the harbour and sea. This place was really easy to get to but to be honest, not so much to see. There are a few buildings restored and also little information as to what went on there. It was nice to see but not a 'must see'. Entrance was free but I have read other reviews that it does normally cost something.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Lucie Ž
    7 contributions
    Benátská pevnost
    Cena 4€. Podle mě nevhodné pro lidi s potížemi s pohybem. Terén je nerovny a kopcovitý. Architektura je zajímavá a výhledy z pevnosti jsou nádherné.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Fergs85
    Thornton-Le-Dale, United Kingdom1,036 contributions
    Excellent site with views and, and at the moment, a small exhibition of an art installation.
    According to the Rough Guide, this is “the largest Venetian castle ever built”. Putting that to one side, it’s well worth a visit as long as you have enough time to get round the extensive ramparts and take in the views. Pretty much in the centre of the huge enclosure is a mosque which, as was often the case in these parts, was converted from a church following the Turkish take-over in the 17th Century. By the way, the installation “Wooden Boat With Seven Snakes” was pretty impressive and thought provoking; not sure how long it’s due to be in place, however.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 4, 2023
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK709 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Worth a visit with the minimal admission fee (€4 or €10 for a family ticket). 20 min queue to get in on a Monday in Sept. Take cash,as when we got to the front of the queue, the cashier was reluctant to take payment by card as they didn't get a great signal. When she realised we weren't moving, she got the card payment machine,and by a miracle we completed payment within in 30 seconds. The fortress covers a very large surface area with great views in all directions. Has about 20 small buildings in it. There is a kiosk inside the gate which sells beverages at a very reasonable price.i was surprised how uneven the ground surface was,as expected something like you find in castles from the 16th century in Northern Europe.
Written September 19, 2023
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Wookash Q
Wroclaw, Poland1,538 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
Fortress is very large. Walk it around takes over one kilometer but offers great views all around mountains and see. Fortress itself is rather empty and destroyed inside but 4€ for adult ticket is reasonable price to pay for what you get. I highly recommend for all but mainly for these who like admire military constructions.
Written August 17, 2020
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701David
Fitzroy, Australia966 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The fortress is impressive mainly due to its position and size sitting over the old town of Rethymno. The entry fee is minimal but, like a lot of sites on Crete, it needs some attention. More attention to restoration work would enhance its appeal.
Written April 5, 2023
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worldtraveler77077
Washington DC, DC69 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Great vista views! We went on an overcast day which probably was better, it wasn’t too hot. inside. I loved how you could see views of all over the city and sea as you wandered around the inner walls. The mosque (formerly cathedral) is really cool. The fortress looks small from outside, but give yourself an hour. It’s worth it!
Written October 7, 2022
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK1,036 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
According to the Rough Guide, this is “the largest Venetian castle ever built”. Putting that to one side, it’s well worth a visit as long as you have enough time to get round the extensive ramparts and take in the views. Pretty much in the centre of the huge enclosure is a mosque which, as was often the case in these parts, was converted from a church following the Turkish take-over in the 17th Century. By the way, the installation “Wooden Boat With Seven Snakes” was pretty impressive and thought provoking; not sure how long it’s due to be in place, however.
Written November 4, 2023
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wunderlast
Seattle, WA229 contributions
Aug 2022
Overall not a lot to see, but the views are nice. Entrance fee is 4 euros and they give you a little map with some information. There is pretty much no shade at all, so if you can, avoid it during the hottest time of day. If you’re tight on time, you could probably skip it. I thought the Venetian fortress in Heraklion (although smaller) much more interesting.
Written August 19, 2022
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Mark S
Frankfurt, Germany33 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A well restored fortress on top of a hill. Ruined buildings overlooking Rethymno, the harbour and sea. This place was really easy to get to but to be honest, not so much to see. There are a few buildings restored and also little information as to what went on there. It was nice to see but not a 'must see'. Entrance was free but I have read other reviews that it does normally cost something.
Written September 28, 2023
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Lars J
Copenhagen, Denmark461 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
As all other castles/ruins you really have to be very interested in it to find it special.

You have to stand in line for
Buying tickets and it takes a lot of time.

Toilets are clean but missing an update and you have to pay 50 cents for use.
Written September 19, 2022
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215danap
Harker Heights, TX49 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
It's January and the fort was nice to walk around and onto. It had just stormed the day before and we had high gusts of wind. It was about.48-50 degrees, so if you plan to go in winter, bring a nice coat. We practically had the fort to ourselves. No admission charges this time of year.

The following day was beautiful and sunny. About 60 degrees with slight winds.
Be prepared to be shown around by cats, they are so friendly!
Written January 11, 2020
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Marilena
Bucharest, Romania8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Greeks have been blessed with a great history of which they preserved impressive monuments. We have visited the Fortress but we expected a better experience, as we compared it with other similar sites, such as the Spanish Generalife in Granada.
It’s a pity that such a monument is not better presented to the visitors. Despite the magnificent view towards the sea, the place looks a bit unkept, there are no signs on the walls to explain what you see, we saw plastic litter thrown through the grates of the dungeons, and all in all, the experience is achieved chaotically (a microscopic map on the back of the entrance ticket).
Come on, guys, you can do better,
Written July 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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