City Rethymno - MYTHOS CRETE HOTELRethymno is the third largest city in Crete after Heraklion and Chania. But it is definitely the most picturesque, the most welcoming and the most authentic one. Here, you will come to understand what the famous Cretan hospitality is really about.

As in all Cretan cities, Rethymno is full of Venetian features, constituting one of the best preserved Venetian cities in the Mediterranean. The landmark of the city is the Castle of Fortezza, which was built in 1573 to protect Venetians from Ottoman navy attacks. The Old Venetian Port and the Ibrahim Pasa Mosque are also very important monuments. Behind the castle of Fortezza, lays the Old Town of Rethymno, with numerous scenic alleys and memorials.There are small traditional tavernas and coffee shops everywhere in the Old Town. Make sure that you have a taste of raki, the famous local drink.

During the summer, the city is full of life. Not a day goes by without some kind of cultural event taking place. The highlight is the Renaissance Festival, with a large variety of theatrical and musical performances. If you happen to be here between August and September do not miss it for the world. Also, in June, Rethymno accommodates the Cretan Diet Festival, the most important gastronomic event for the Mediterranean Diet. Traditional summer celebrations continue at the villages nearby.

What to see & do

Explore the waterfront and streets just behind.
Walk along the harbour wall to the Venetian lighthouse.

City Rethymno - MYTHOS CRETE HOTELThe Fortezza (fortress) was built by the Venetians (1573) to protect the city. Not only are walls, church and the remains of its buildings of interest, the views from it to the town are a great way to start planning your tour of the town. There are also sweeping sea views. Open daily.

Archaeological museum at the entrance to the fortress. Open daily 08.30 to 15.00. Closed Mondays. Very small but with some interesting (and big!) exhibits from Neolithic to Roman times. Includes Archaic and early Christian finds from Eleftherna and Minoan finds from Armeni and Monastiraki sites. A wonderful clay larnax is visible as you enter. Also don’t miss the Minoan goddess figurine.

The Venetian Loggia, dating back to the 16th century. Used as the archaeological museum’s shop. (Books, models, jigsaw puzzles and cards). Open Monday to Friday 08.00-15.00. This is a good landmark as a meeting/rendezvous place. There is a travel agent opposite with a Piraeus Bank cash machine and on the opposite corner a shop with maps, guidebooks in several languages, foreign press rack and magazines.

Folklore and history museum on Vernardou 30. Open Monday to Friday 09.30-14.30. Closed Saturday and Sunday.Housed in a restored Venetian building with an interior courtyard. Eight halls with collections that include textile and basket weaving, embroidery & lace, costumes, ceramics, historic photographs and maps, weapons and coins. Over 5.000 items dating from the 17th to the 20th century are displayed.

The main minaret (Neratze mosque) is on Venardou street, though it is surrounded by a very hefty scaffolding structure for a while. Used currently as a music school (odeon).

The Rimondi fountain, with the pleasing cafe “Galero” to sit at right next to it – which also has internet access, as many cafes do in the centre of Rethymno.

Rethymno Beach

City Rethymno - MYTHOS CRETE HOTELThe sandy beach of Rethymno is located just 1km east of the city centre, next to the Venetian port, and just 500 m from Mythos Suites Hotel.

It is actually the western end of the vast 13km long beachfront of Rethymno Gulf, which stretches east all the way to Skaleta.
It’s a lovely beach with golden sand and crystal clear shallow waters, very well organized and close to all amenities of the city.

The vast beach is always busy, but never seems crowded. If you wish so, you will certainly find a place where you can stay remote. Along the beach runs the city’s seafront road, Eleftheriou Venizelou Str., which is ideal for evening walking.

What you really should know is that the well-known sea turtle caretta caretta lays its eggs on the beach. Thus, do not get surprised if you meet signs that have marked with ropes, eggs have been found there and are protected. The Rethymno Gulf is one of the three most important places for the seaturtle in Greece, bearing more than 400 nests every year.