Discover Rethymnon... on Foot
With our seventh book Discover Rethymnon...on Foot you will discover the beautiful city of Rethymnon and get a taste of the walking possibilities outside the city. Two city walks will lead you through the interesting sites and monuments in the old part of the city. You will discover Venetian and Turkish sites and buildings and walk along small alleys where few tourists will go! Two other city walks will show you interesting parts out of the old part of the city. A fishing harbour, old tanneries, the Mastaba mosque are some examples where the other walks will bring you to.
3 interesting country walks start about 7 km out of the city, in the village of Chromonastiri. These walks give you the chance to get a flavour of the natural beauty of the Rethymnon countryside, with its green valleys, amazing views, very old churches and the famous Myli gorge with its many watermills!
The city of Rethymnon, located in the middle of Crete, is one of the most beautiful cities on the island. It is the capital of the prefecture also called Rethymnon, a region famous for its stunning natural beauty with many gorges, caves, beautiful stretches of golden sandy beaches and many picturesque villages.
The island and of course her major cities, have been invaded by many nations over the centuries due to its prime strategic location in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The Venetians and Ottoman Turks who ruled over the island for centuries have arguably had the most influence on the island; in Rethymnon city this is very visible in the architecture, food, art and music.
Although Rethymnon is not a big city, there is much to discover and the best way to do this is on foot! The most well known part is the old town, with its small Venetian harbour fringed with fresh fish taverns and cafes, beautiful Venetian and Turkish mansions, the Fortezza, churches and mosques and many tiny hidden alleys that attract thousands of visitors every year.
On the outskirts of the old town you find the public garden and impressive ruins of factories and other hidden monuments.
At the new harbour you find fishermen selling their freshly caught fish and the paleontological museum of Rethymnon is housed in an old renovated mosque.
Rethymnon, besides its beauty, is a lively town were many events are organised throughout the year. The city attracts people from all Western and Middle Crete for work, studies, business, shopping and entertainment.