FIVOS TRAVEL FILIPPAKIS MICHAEL MHTE License :1039E601074201
Dimokratias Street 29 L.Hersonisou Crete Greece P.C. 70014
V.A.T: EL 050630546
tel: +30 2897024428
T he 3rd largest town in Crete Rethymnon has an easy-going provincial air; it’s a place that moves slowly , the old town still preserves much of its Venetian and Turkish appearance. Here the streets are fascinating mix of generations of architecture, the Venetian buildings largely indistinguishable from the Turkish and all of them adapted by later generations.
Ornate wooden doors and balconies and ancient stone work crop up everywhere and there are a number of elaborate Turkish fountains hidden in obscure corners.
Your will also stumble across curious old stores, and craftsmen- often manufacturing lyhras, the Cretan violin-working away in their traditional get –up of high boots, trousers (vrakes) and black headscarves (sarikia).
The Venetian or inner harbor is the most attractive part of Rethymnon’s water front, these days its elegant 16th century lighthouse looks down on a line of fish taverns .
Rethymnon city center is the area around the 17th century Venetian Loggia, The Rimondi Fountain, nearby at the western end of Paleologou, half hidden under a blocked-of arcade, the fountain’s lion-head spouts still splash water down to a marble bowl, and nowadays they look out over Platia Petinaki, one of the liveliest areas in town.
South from the fountain, a line of cafes and taverns leads into Ethinikis Antistaseos, the market street. Turn right just before this and the backstreets lead to the fine Nerandzes Mosque (used for concerts but not open to the public) with its iconic minaret dominating the skyline. Up through the market area, the old city ends at the only surviving remnant of the city walls, the Porta Guora. Through the gate you emerge into the busy Platia Tessaron Martyron with its unprepossessing modern church. Almost directly opposite are the quiet and shady Public Gardens, a former Turkish cemetery now laid out with a fine variety of palms and other trees.
Katehaki (entrance) Daily April-Sept 08am- 19pm Oct.-March 08am-6pm 4Euro
The largest Venetian castle ever built, the Fortezza was a response, in the last quarter of the sixteenth century, to a series of pirate raids (by Barbarossa in 1538 and Uluch Ali in 1562 and 1571_) that had devastated the town. Designed by the Italian engineer Sforza Pallavicini, the mammoth edifice took a full ten years to build at a crippling cost and was large enough for the entire population to take shelter within its walls. In 1645 the Venetian city fell to the Turks.
M.Vernardhou 28 Mon-Sat 9.20am-14.30pm & 6pm-21.30pm 3 euro
The enjoyable museum, in a very nice restored 17th century Venetian mansion has two rooms filled with musical instruments, old photos, basketry, farm tools, traditional costumes and jewellery, lace, weaving and embroidery, knives and old wooden chests and pottery.