Rethymno, is a city of approximately 40,000 people, it is the capital of Rethymno Prefecture in the island of Crete. It was built in antiquity, even though it has never been a competitive Minoan center. It was, however, strong enough to mint its own coins and maintain a mild urban growth. One of these coins is today depicted as the crest of the town with two dolphins in a circle. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, small Venetian harbor and narrow streets.
Sights :The Venetian Loggia, The Fortezza castle, Rithymna, Rimondi fountain, Neratzes mosque, Kara Mousa Pasa Mosque also a venetian monastery, Folklore & history museum, The Archaeological museum,
The municipal gardens are ideal for those in search of shade and tranquillity.
Situated some 30km South of the town of Rethymno, and approximately in the middle of the island of Crete, Spili has everything for the visitor who wants to experience ”natural Crete”. Mount Vorizi which hovers over the town is impressive, but wait until you walk up the side streets of this village to be really impressed. The cobbled streets and flowering shrubs are a photographers dream. In the centre of the village is a Venetian fountain with a long row of 19 stone lions heads splashing welcome cool water into the trough below. Above this starts the climb through the beautifully quaint village streets with their flowered balconies, arches, and cobbles.
Preveli the famous palm tree forest in Limni, Preveli PREVELI. Preveli is famous for its palm beach and because of the monastery which was erected at the end of the 16th century. From Agia Galini daily boat trips are leaving from the harbour to go to Prevely. You can reach Prevely also by car, but then you have to walk down the mountain from the parking place near the monastery. Since they made stairs to walk down its save to do so. The view is gorgeous, its a fascinating place, which you really must visit if you have the opportunity. If you want to visit the monastery, please note thet you wear descent clothes.