The charming and picturesque town of Rethymno is the capital of the prefecture. While touring the city, visitors are impressed by its special physiognomy.

The Venetian and Turkish monuments, old well preserved mansions, old neighborhoods, they all reveal the rich history of the place and the legacy of Rethymnians. Rethymno combines tradition with progress.

In the heart of the old town of Rethymno is the legendary Makri Steno, which is the main street of the old Turkish neighborhood of Rethymno, which starts from the Public Garden and ends to Fortezza. It is one of the most beautiful streets of the city, full of Venetian houses with amazing door frames and old stone fountains. It passes from the church of Lady of Angels (property of the Venetian) and leads to Fortezza, the Venetian Castle of Rethymno.

Fortezza dominates the hill of Palaiokastro and it is visible from every corner of the city. It has an amazing breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city and the western coast.