Rethymno city is the third largest city on Crete. It is known as one of the best preserved city of Renaissance in the Mediterranean area. It lies along the north site of Crete and is located 80 kilometers to the East of Heraklion.
First we visit the Rethimno city center and old town. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic–Roman remains, small Venetian harbor and narrow streets. These days small but luxurious hotels and restaurants can be found through the narrow streets of the old city. Try to get lost in the old town of Rethymno, and discover its narrow alleys and paths of the 16 th century. Try one of the many taverns and restaurants located in the old city and taste pure Cretan flavors from recipes found only in Rethymno.
Second point of interest is the Fortezza castle. Build from the Venetians in order to protect the city from the raids of pirates and Turks, is located at the north side of the Rethymno port. The view is fantastic, from a building that stands proud, dominating Rethymno even in our days. Listen at the whispers of warriors from the Venetian age through its walls while been amazed from the view.
Last stop at the Arcadi Monastery, located 25 kilometers southeast of Rethymno city. A monument of unique mixture of Roman and baroque architecture. The Arcade Monastery attracted worldwide attention in 1866, when 943 Greeks mostly women and children, found sanctuary in the monastery, in order to avoid being slaughtered by the Ottoman occupation army. After 3 days of fighting and unwillingness to surrender they decided to blow up gun barrels choosing to die free than surrender. The explosion did not end the Cretan insurrection, but it attracted the attention of the rest of the world