You will love the incredibly beautiful wide sand beaches. You will always remember the narrow romantic streets of this town. Full of small bakeries, coffeeshops and restaurants it keeps you there, making you want to come back there again and again. Rethimno will stay in your heart for years.
Rethymno was originally built during the Minoan civilization (ancient Rhithymna and Arsinoe). The city was prominent enough to mint its own coins and maintain urban growth. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town: two dolphins in a circle.
This region as a whole is rich with ancient history, most notably through the Minoan civilisation centred at Kydonia east of Rethymno. Rethymno itself began a period of growth when the Venetian conquerors of the island decided to put an intermediate commercial station between Heraklion and Chania, acquiring its own bishop and nobility in the process. Today’s old town (palia poli) is almost entirely built by the Republic of Venice. It is one of the best-preserved old towns in Crete. The city’s Venetian-era citadel, the Fortezza of Rethymno, is one of the best-preserved castles in Crete.