Rethymnon Old Town
Rethymnon Old Town
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Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets and picturesque Orthodox churches at Rethymnon Old Town. With both Venetian and Turkish influences, the area is home to a beautiful mix of architecture and culture, from the Neratze Mosque to the magnificent Venetian fortress. Also known for its wonderful dining scene, take a seat at one of al fresco restaurants while you tuck into a local Greek salad or head to one of the Old Town’s bustling bars. Relax to the sound of calm waves at the port or hop on a sunset cruise from the Old Venetian Harbour. – Tripadvisor
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  • Stevedeb23
    Swindon, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing visit
    Spent the morning here, streets are small and busy, with all the normal shops and cafes you would find in a place like this. We had cold coffee here not on the front as it was quite and not so busy. Went up to the castle/fort is was hot but beautiful views of the old town and harbour, would recommend a visit. Lots of places to park and really cheap 2.60 euros for over 3 hours.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Andrei T
    Galati, Romania14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The taste of local architecture and products
    All the shops are there to encourage the local producers. This can be seen especially in old town where there is an explosion of quality goods, lets say 80-90%. And is something! Every window is a spectacle. You can find everything. Buildings with white walls and many flowers become the symbol of this center point that isn't stopping to the Old Town but continues to many other streets like it never ends.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • reviews4u
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old Town Review
    The Old Town here is really pretty, and we have been here quite a few times on our holiday. It’s got so many pretty hidden streets and alleyways to visit and look down, with loads of shops. We’ve also come to the old town for meals, the evening is one of the best times to come for a meal, as the atmosphere is amazing, music, nice sunset, and loads of restaurants to choose from. There normally cheaper than hotel meals, so we’ve tried to eat out of the hotel more, and the food is the same if not better quality than hotel food. You can also go up to the old castle and take a look around for a small entry fee. There’s a lot of history in the old town, it’s amazing and you can easily spend a lovely day there, 100% give it a visit, it’s for the whole family!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Avril M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bellissimo don't miss it.
    Beautiful old Greek town. Lots of lovely shops and restaurants. Lovely picturesque places to see, We had an amazing meal Inna beautiful restaurant surroundrd by a flowering tree. Will be returning.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • ron m
    Houston, Texas413 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rethymnon Old Town
    Quite a busy place , bustling with many tourists . Lots of cafes & shops along the harbor and narrow streets . Picturesque harbor area . The parking area is a bit of a walk to the town center . Enjoyed our visit but I think Chania Old Town has a bit more charm . Do visit here though if in the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Brian K
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An atmospheric place!
    You enter the Old Town through one of the old Venetian Arches and you are immediately taken back to ancient times. The old buildings along with the remnants of the Venetian Fortress's skirting wall are present. The narrow cobbled streets are full of life! Shops, restuarants, cafe's, ice-cream parlours are all mixed into this bustling maze of narrow streets. There is also The Archaeological Museum of Rethymno which is situated in the old Church of San Francesco. Walk through the streets and you will come across the Rimondi Fountain and then onto the Venetian Fortrezz Castle. A great place to explore!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • tracey l
    Reading, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable stay but with some surprises
    Having spent 3 days in Chania and now on the second day in Rethymno we have found the people friendly and helpful and have enjoyed walking round the old towns which are very attractive Restaurants were on the whole good and our favourite has been RakiBaraki in Rethymno to date. One thing however which is worth mentioning is our visit today to the Rethymno Archaeological museum. Having an interest in the culture and the history of the Cretans I was looking forward to the visit and asked about the entrance fee on arrival as it was unclear It had a reduced fee and a normal fee which I assumed related to age. However this was not the case. In fact members of the EU could visit at the reduced fee but those outside ie UK had to pay double! . The difference was 2 Euros so it wasn’t for the money but I resented that my Greek husband could get in for 2 Euros and they wanted 4 for me Maybe I was over sensitive but surely this is discrimination and shouldn’t be happening? Worth checking if you are interested in a visit as in my mind it shouldn’t be allowed ! Overall still enjoying Crete and would recommend.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Rosie B
    115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect little town
    Took a bus from Chania to spend a day in Rethymon. Another lovely Venitian harbour. Smaller than Chania but still an interesting town. Much more a resort town, has a different vibe to Chania. Wander away through from the harbour into the back streets to see ancient churches, lovely venitian architecture and more. The fort is a must, views are amazing. The modern port is a working port so ships arriving. Walking from the bus station into town along the sea wall under the fort, before the harbour, you arrive at some restuarants. We ate there and had great sea food, so fresh.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Irpino Montecalvo
    Crete, Greece7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The pearl of Crete
    Amazing ! An accumulation of feelings throw you in another world. From all the Old Towns in Crete , Rethymno's Palia Poli(The Old Town) is special and this is the merit of it's people who live here and of authorities which preserved this real piece of history. You can feel it only walking on it's streets, not only the commercial ones! Some people loves Chania, some people loves Heraklion, but from my oppinion, Rethymno is something else in all this commercial world! Feel it ! It's old, but still very young and beautiful!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,248 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sleepy Old Town in March
    Many of the restaurants and shops were closed when we visited one evening in March but it was still a nice and picturesque old town to walk around. We spent about an hour walking around and an hour having dinner here during a road trip we took around Crete from Heraklion. Many of the Venetian structures are preserved and still used today and it has one of the most intact castles/fortresses on the island of Crete. I also saw a lot of friendly cats as we walked around. This would be a hotspot for tourists come summer time because it seems most things close up for the winter months and there seems to be lots of spots that are well maintained and ready to open. There are many spots to check out around Crete and this town is worth a stop if you have the time.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2024
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Peter Z
Borough Green, UK118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We spent a day here, catching number 20 bus from A. Campos (cost only 1 euro 20cents each). Tip, take the bus to the bus station, it’s only a 15 minute walk to the Castle from here. Catch a bus back from the bus station too, as catching it from the old town probably means no seat!
We wandered around, after the castle, spent a nice hour drinking cool drinks from a cafe then had an amazing lunch with excellent portion sizes too, along the front. The visit starting to go downhill after walking through the old town. We went inside a jewellers to browse and had a torrid time with very pushy salespeople. Leaving there we walked up the road to another jewellery store and I pointed at a watch in the window (shouldn’t have pointed) as as soon as I did, a salesman leapt out of the door and was in my face saying I should try it on! It looks like I should buy it he said! We politely declined and walked away. This happened on all the occasions we walked into shops and stores, very pushy salespeople and we became worried about even glancing at anything, it got worse after two hours, to the point my daughter said she wanted to go home. It quite ruined the trip to Rethymno old town. I can understand salespeople wishing you to buy items from their shops, but when you exit a store to hear a shout “ sir, sir, come back here I must talk to you!” You wish you’d never gone in there in the first place.
Tip, visit the castle and fountains by all means but stick to your local shops ( more pleasant shopkeepers) and don’t point at anything in the old town.
Written August 20, 2023
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tracey l
Reading, UK3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Having spent 3 days in Chania and now on the second day in Rethymno we have found the people friendly and helpful and have enjoyed walking round the old towns which are very attractive Restaurants were on the whole good and our favourite has been RakiBaraki in Rethymno to date. One thing however which is worth mentioning is our visit today to the Rethymno Archaeological museum. Having an interest in the culture and the history of the Cretans I was looking forward to the visit and asked about the entrance fee on arrival as it was unclear It had a reduced fee and a normal fee which I assumed related to age. However this was not the case. In fact members of the EU could visit at the reduced fee but those outside ie UK had to pay double! . The difference was 2 Euros so it wasn’t for the money but I resented that my Greek husband could get in for 2 Euros and they wanted 4 for me Maybe I was over sensitive but surely this is discrimination and shouldn’t be happening? Worth checking if you are interested in a visit as in my mind it shouldn’t be allowed ! Overall still enjoying Crete and would recommend.
Written October 4, 2023
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Turning25
Cambridge, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
My partner and I enjoyed a few hours in this lovely city. We started with a sightseeing train tour which allowed us to learn about some beautiful and prominent sights in the city. We then went into the fortress and enjoyed some beautiful views. There are some lovely restaurants and shops in the city and the beach looked beautiful. I would definitely return and possibly stay in this beautiful city.
Written August 16, 2020
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Wookash Q
Wroclaw, Poland1,538 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Unfortunately not too many old architecture left from really old town. Most building although along narrow streets is rather new and not always build with taste of the details. On top of that apart from cafes and restaurants there is plenty of souvenir shops that take back the beauty of this place. The nicest place is old port without Chinese staff.
Written August 17, 2020
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Tomas Dreyden
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The venetian architecture was breathtaking. There were also a lot of shops where you could find almost any traditional or generic, trinket. Kind of overcrowded sometimes. But we really enjoyed strolling through the small alleys and took photos of variosu old buildings that stood there proudly amonst the modern cafes and modern shops.
Written September 10, 2020
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HELENA P
Greece7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Rethymno Old Town, a must visit for everyone. Dozens of little shops in the alleys, selling souvenirs, local goods as cheese, oil, mountain tea and hand picked herbs. You can shop for clothes, leather goods and anything else you need. Beautiful old houses in the narrow streets. Hotels, restaurants and cafeterias are everywhere. People are really friendly!
Written October 31, 2020
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Gurdeep2013
London, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Old town and harbour were great. Lots of restaurants on the harbour front but check out side streets where you can get better value food. The vibes in the old town are similar to old town Chania.

The bus ride from Heraklion is a about 80 mins but easy ride as it is air-conditioned. I would recommend a trip to Rethymnon.
Written August 30, 2020
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khaarbo212
Egedal Municipality, Denmark21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A very nice old town. A lot of silver and gold. And classic souvenirs. The salespeople are nice and polite and will always give you a “special price”. They can often may your jewellery exactly to your preferences. Just ask.
Written July 23, 2020
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Georgianul
Bucharest, Romania156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
With narrow cobbled streets, a plethora of tourist souvenir shops, tavernas, pubs and tavernas, it still looked good. I mean, I've seen Monastiraki in Athens, the old center of Chania, and the agitated capital vibe of Heraklion and I've been to other city centers, I mean I think I know a tourist trap when I see one. But these streets in particular seemed charming, with their oleander pots and ridiculously huge climbing vines of bougainvillea in full bloom (we don't know how to pronounce that so we ended up calling them bougie ville).
Being also a curfew in place (1 am) and no music allowed, the buzzing sounds of the streets, the white noise of different voices and countless languages felt somewhat poetic and it hit nice.
Written September 11, 2021
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Helena L
Malmesbury, UK879 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
The old town is nice to walk around. You get a feel of Greek culture if you get off the main streets in to the small side alleys. Be warned, it is a massive tourist trap; every other shop is a souvenir place touting for business. The whole place is covered with graffiti which is really sad and detracts from the charm.

Glad we visited. Good to spend 90 mins wandering the streets and window shopping.
Written August 12, 2021
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