The geographical location of the city combined with the rare natural environmental beauty make Rethymnon a real jewel for the island. Scattered in every corner of the old city, the historical monuments highlight the architectural and cultural wealth that the conquerors left behind over the centuries. Many of them remained in the place for centuries and left their marks unchanged in time. A trademark of the city is the Venetian fortress of Fortezza, perhaps the most well-preserved Venetian building in Europe, which dominates at an imposing height above the old town of Rethymnon. The wander through the narrow and picturesque alleys of the old town, through the genuine hospitality of the locals and the unique smells of Cretan cuisine, can also be characterized as a short journey through time.
Outside of the Venetian walls, Rethymnon confirms the reason why it is characterized as the most beautiful city of Crete, as the 10 km long sandy beach that stretches to the east and hosts the modern side of the city is an inexhaustible source of tourist activity.