One of the most prominent highlights of Rethymno is the Fortezza which was built by the Venetians to protect the city from the Turks and pirate raids. This unique Venetian fortress is located in the heart of the city, on the hill of Paleokastro, which it completely dominates. Known to be the largest Venetian fortress ever built, this landmark is known not only for its fascinating history and for housing the remains of buildings of interest; it is also popular for the magnificent sweeping sea and town views it offers. Visitors to the fortress will come across a central square, barracks, storeroom for canons and weapons, a mosque which was once a church, the residences of the Directors and of the Rector and more. Also found here is the Erofili Theatre, which has outdoor performances, and is where cultural events take place every summer under the Renaissance Festival of Rethymno.
Daily: 9am to sunset
Around 2 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The buildings; especially the restored mosque, the theatre and the breathtaking views
While Muslims visiting Rethymno will come across several mosques, all of these will not be functioning. They will also find a mosque within the Fortezza, which has been restored, but is also not in use. Muslim tourists will therefore either have to find a secluded place outdoors to offer their prayers, or they will have to return to their hotel rooms at prayer times.
The Venetian fortress in Rethymno is not known to house a dining establishment. There are however numerous restaurants and cafés in the area surrounding the landmark. While Muslim tourist will not find any that are Halal certified, there are sure to be plenty that serve suitable vegetarian and seafood dishes.