If you are looking for place to go on vacation then why don’t you consider Rethymno. This is a Greek city of an estimated 40,000 people. The capital is Rethymno Prefecture on the island of Crete. It was built-in antiquity. It is not a very competitive Minoan center. The city was strong enough to mint its own coins and keep up a mil Durban growth. On one of the coins it has two dolphins encased in a circle.
The city of Rethymno began a growth spurt again when the Venetians conquerored the islands. They wanted to take immediate commercial stations between Herkalion and Chania. The city had its own bishop and its own nobility. In the town today the old town was built almost entirely by the Venetians. It also happens to be one of the best preserved old towns in Crete.
The town maintains its very old aristocratic look. The buildings date back to the 16the century with arched doorways and stone staircases. The city has Byzantine and Hellenic –Roman ruins and a small Venetian harbor and very narrow streets that is hard to get a car down there. The Venetian Loggia is home to all of the information of the ministry or culture. The large municipal gardens are great who are looking for some shade and peacefulness.
During the year there are many different activities that large crowds flock to see. There is a wine festival held every year at the beginning of July. There are other festivals during the year but one other one to be noted is the festival held in memory of the Arkadi Monastery. This festival is usually held in November 7th and 8th.
The city has a Venetian Castle called the Fortetza and it is one of the largest and best standing Castles in all of Crete. There are monuments such as the Neratze mosque which is St. Katherine’s Catholic Church, The Great Gate, The Piazza Rimondi and the Venetian Loggia. The main income is tourism here, there are enough hotels that have really been built in up in the past 20 years. The amount of Tourism that passes through some changes in development has to be made. It is an up and coming town and you want to accommodate everyone who comes.
Agriculture has been a main source of economy, olive oil being its main product. It is also home to The Philosophical School and the University Library of the University of Crete. Also the school of Social and Political Science having 8,000 students every year on its University Campus. There are so many great things about this town and about the island it is on. There are so many things to do in the city and on the island. If you are thinking of taking a vacation to Greece make Crete and Rethymno a stop on your itinerary. It is worth the trip, the island is just breath taking.