Rethimno Old Town
Rethimno is the third largest town in Crete renowned for its Venetian harbour and walled fortress. The old town is a maze of narrow streets lined with buildings and houses of various architectural influences from the unmistakable Venetian period to the Turkish wooden facades that were used as viewing galleries by the women of the harems inside. Today Rethymnon is a bustling town with a picturesque waterfront lined with traditional tavernas and interspersed with fashionable bars and restaurants. A new marina completed in 2004 now sees yachts arriving from Hania and other ports in Greece and around the Mediterranean. East of the town at the start of the long sandy beach, is the main tourism area of Rethymnon, where hotels, pensions and guest houses spread along the beach to the outlying villages. About 80 kilometres from Heraklion. 27 kilometres from Spili.