The Old Town of Rethymno

CRESSA CORONA Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Rethymno, in the old town, from where you can start walking around the most important monuments of the city. Walking for about 5 minutes you can visit the historical and folklore museum, St. Francesco’s church, Neratze Mosque, the Church of the Lady of the Angels, the Rimondi Fountain and Loggia, perhaps the oldest building in the city. Very close to the accommodation, the Guora Gate or the “Great Door”, as the locals call it, is what remains of the Venetian fortification of Rethymnon, while 400m away is the Venetian harbor with the famous Lighthouse and very close to it Fortezza an imposing fortress that dominates the rocky hill of Paleokastro and is an attraction for those who visit Rethymnon. Inside the old town and along the coastal road there are many cafes, taverns and shops to do your shopping and buy your souvenirs. At 23 km away from Rethymno you will find the Arkadi Monastery, which has been designated by the UNESCO as European Monument of Freedom.

For swimming there are many sandy beaches on both the north and south of the prefecture. Starting from the town of Rethymnon, you can stop at the homonymous 12km long beach which ends in Skaleta area. A little further is Panormos and continuing to Heraklion we reach Bali. On the southern side near the Monastery of Prevelis, 35 km from the city of Heraklion, there is the homonymous beach with the second largest palm grove of Crete, which crosses the Koutaliotis River and is probably considered the most beautiful of the island. 20 km away is the beach of Triopetra, with its three impressive rocks emerging from the sea and crystal clear waters. Whatever you choose to visit it will definitely compensate you.

Landmarks

In Old Town Rethymnon
Fortezza Castle nearby
Valide Sultana Mosque nearby
Agios Frangiskos Church nearby
Great Gate nearby
Rethymnon Municipal Garden nearby
Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymnon nearby
Centre for Byzantine Art nearby

Getting around

Chania (CHQ-Ioannis Daskalogiannis) 22.2 miles/35.7 km
Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis) 39.6 miles/63.7 km
Chania (Chania Port Souda) 33,5 miles /53,9 km ( Daily connection with Pireaus port and other ports of Greek islands)
Heraklion (Heraklion Port) 50,7 miles /81.62 km ( Daily connection with Pireaus port and other ports of Greek islands)

 

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