Top Choice Fortress in Rethymno


Looming over Rethymno, the star-shaped Venetian fortress cuts an imposing figure with its massive walls and bastions but was nevertheless unable to stave off the Turks in 1646. Over time, an entire village took shap…
Landmark in Rethymno

Venetian Harbour

Rethymno’s compact historic harbour is chock-a-block with tourist-geared fish tavernas and cafes. For a more atmospheric perspective, walk along the harbour walls, past the fishing boats to the prominent lighthouse,…
Museum in Rethymno

Archaeological Museum

After its former digs in a Venetian prison near the fortress had become unstable, Rethymno's archaeological collection moved to the Venetian-built former Church of St Francis in May 2016. Tightly curated, but beauti…
Chapel in Rethymno

Agios Spyridon Church

Built right into the cliff beneath the Venetian fortress, tiny Agios Spyridon has enough atmosphere to fill a cathedral. This Byzantine chapel is filled with richly painted icons, swinging bird candleholders and the…
Museum in Rethymno

Paleontological Museum

Dwarf Cretan elephants and hippopotami aren’t likely to start a ticket stampede, but it’s well worth swinging by this museum for its setting in the restored 17th-century Temple of Mastaba (aka Veli Pasha Mosque) sur…
Museum in Rethymno

Museum of Contemporary Art

The cornerstone of the permanent collection of this art museum, founded in 1992, is the oils, drawings and watercolours of local lad Lefteris Kanakakis, but over time it has amassed enough works to present the arc o…
Fountain in Rethymno

Rimondi Fountain

Pride of place among the many vestiges of Venetian rule goes to this fountain with its spouting lion heads and Corinthian capitals, built in 1626 by city rector Alvise Rimondi.
Historic Building in Rethymno


This nicely restored 16th-century landmark originally served as a meeting house for Venetian nobility to discuss politics and money, and morphed into a mosque during the Turkish era. Arcaded on three sides, it now h…
Museum in Rethymno

Historical & Folk Art Museum

In a lovely 17th-century Venetian mansion, the five-room permanent exhibit documents traditional rural life on Crete with displays of clothing, baskets, weavings, pottery, weapons and farming tools. Labelling is als…
Lighthouse in Rethymno


Punctuating the old pier in the Venetian Harbour, the 9m-high lighthouse was built in the 1830s when Egypt ruled Crete until forced by the British to give it back to the Turks in 1840.