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Historical Rethymno

The third largest town in Crete, Rethymno is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Greece, with architectural influences of the Venetian rule, Ottoman period and the years of the Egyptian domination. The tour includes a visit to the Venetian citadel, the Fortezza and a walk through the Old town, a colourful labyrinth of Venetian mansions, exquisite courtyards, historic churches, minaret mosques and elaborate fountains. You will see the Rimondi fountain, the Venetian Loggia, a beautiful and prominent building in the middle of town, housing a market for art reproductions, the Guora Gate which is part of the former Venetian City Walls, the Neratze Mosque, with its three domes and 27m-tall minaret and the Church of St. Francis, that today houses the Archaeological Museum of Rethymno, the workshop of Hatziparashos, (probably) the last baker who keeps alive the tradition of making filo sheets and kataifi pastry by hand. Here we have the chance to taste some baklava and other Greek desserts made by his wife, than we return on the shopping streets for an hour of leisurely walk and souvenirs hunting.