Rethymnois one of the most beautiful towns on the Crete Island. The town was once a Muslim stronghold but today only remains of Turkish architecture can be seen around the area. There are remnants of as many as eight mosques that can be seen in the city. The old town was founded by the Minoans and has seen the rule of Romans, Venetians and the Ottomans. In the old center of the town visitors can see several buildings from the 16th century. The Venetian fortress also known as the Fortezza stands overlooking the old town and is the main landmark of the city.
The Venetian Harbor along with its fantastic lighthouse is excellent to visit. The Rethymnobeach is one of the most popular beaches in Crete. There are also some parks and beautiful gorges around the city that give visitors a chance to appreciate nature. For those looking to understand the history and heritage of the area should visit the museums in Rethymno Town. The Archaeological Museum of Rethymno and the Historical and Folklore Museum of Rethymno are worth visiting.
There are several shops dotted all around the city. Visitors can buy a number of souvenirs in the city. Olive oil and a special type of sponge make good buys.
The nearest airport to Rethymno Town is the Chania Airport located about 56km away. From the airport visitors can find taxis and buses to Rethymno Town.
There are no halal restaurants in Rethymno Town. There are a few places that serve vegetarian food.
There are no mosques in Rethymno Town.