Old Town of Rethymno
The old city of Rethymno still preserves its old Venetian style and its later Ottoman influences to a great extend. It has been declared a protected historical monument and a traditional settlement. The old city of Rethymno is a typical example of a regional urban center; it is closely connected to the mainland of the Prefecture as an administrative, transportation, educational, commercial, tourist, and cultural center. For that reason, the city sends and receives strong influences to and from the mainland, which may be negative, like in the ‘70''s when the population of the city and Prefecture decreased, or positive, like in the last decades, when the population increased the area. It is obvious that the city is a key location for the development of the entire Prefecture.
Among the monuments of the Old Town stand out: the Fortezza (Venetian fortress), the Loggia (Venetian club where the noble treasurers gathered), the Rimondi fountain (with the coat of arms of the Venetian governor Rimondi), the central gate (Porta Guora) entrance of the land wall of the Venetians, the majestic church of Agios Fragkiskos, the most picturesque Venetian port. The mosques of Kara Musa Pasha, Neratze, Valide Sultana and Mastaba (in the new city) have survived from the Turkish occupation.
The Renaissance Festival that is organized during the summer months at the "Erofili" theater, on the Fortress, gives the opportunity to experience magical moments of theater, dance and music. The numerous bars in the picturesque alleys of the historic center as well as the rakadika with Cretan delicacies are offered for an overnight spree.