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.