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The capital city of Rethimnon is the third biggest city on Crete. Nice old city with many alleys and the venetian castle near the harbour.

Probably the first settlement here was during the late-minoan period. After Chania and Heraklion it was the most important city and place of defence against pirats and the turkish forces. They conquered the city 1646 and made here their administrative centre.

Many houses from that time with wooden upper floors. From the castele with the church inside you have a nice view over the city and the harbour.

The harbour road has many visitor at night. The surounding parts of the city are mostly ugly. For a daily tour Rethimnon is recommendable. There also is an archaeologic museum, in an old jail.