Rethymno (Ρέθυμνο) is a popular city in the heart of Crete.
The town of Rethymno has a rich history; it was occupied by the Romans, the Venetians and most recently by the Ottoman Empire. Rethymno was founded by the Minoans who are also credited as being the first civilisation in Europe. Today Rethymno is a modern Greek city full of life with a steady influx of foreign visitors. The local university attracts many students from all over Greece and also internationally. Rethymno combines old city charm, historic landmarks, and proximity to traditional villages as well as some of Crete's finest beaches. If you want to spend most of your Cretan holiday in one place, then Rethymno town is the ideal choice. It also provides easy access to other major cities for day trips.