Rethymno Old Town | 30 April 2016
35.3644° N, 24.4820° E
The coastal city of Rethymno is one of the most picturesque corners of the Greek island of Crete. Behind the city rise the island’s imposing high mountains, before the city runs an almost 8km long and very wide sandy beach. Rethymno (a.k.a. Rethymnon) features a picturesque old town with a Venetian fortress overlooking the sea, a skyline punctured with the minarets of Ottoman mosques scattered around labyrinthine of the old town and a very attractive old harbour in which a beautiful lighthouses stands out. The lighthouse of Rethymno is a bit of a mystery as it has confused many about its origin. Some argue that it is Turkish, some others Venetian. However recent studies have shown that the origin is Egyptian and was built in 1838 during the Egyptian occupation. Anyhow, Rethymno’s Lighthouse together with the Venetian fortress constitutes a crown on the city's beauty.