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Introducing Rethymno

Rethymno (reth-im-no) is Crete’s third-largesttown and one of the most picturesque, with a charming harbour and massive Venetian fortress. The delightful Venetian-Ottoman quarter is a maze of narrow streets, graceful wood-balconied houses and ornate Venetian monuments, with minarets adding a touch of the Orient. The city has a campus of the University of Crete, bringing a student population that keeps the town alive outside the tourist season. An added attraction is a beach right in town.

The approaches to the town couldn’t be less inviting. The modern town has sprawled out along the coast, dotted with big package hotels along the stretch on the sandy beach to the east.