Rethymno is the Town of Literature & Arts. It's the capital of the prefecture and it is also famous for having one of the most beautiful (Venetian) harbors on the north coast of Crete. A uniquely picturesque town characterized by both traditional and modern features. Every visitor is charmed by the wonderfully interesting and picturesque lanes of the old Town and the countless natural and historic monuments.
The old town of Rethymno is one of the most well-preserved Renaissance towns with buildings and areas characterized by their unique architecture such as the Venetian Loggia, the Rimondi Fountain, the Guora Gate(old city gate) etc. The old Venetian harbor of Rethymno is remarkably picturesque and includes the famous Lighthouse, Fortezza and the scenic port with its fishing boats.