Venetian port

The Venetian port of Rethymno prefecture consists of the old port and the groyne with its lighthouse and is located in the northeastern part of the Old Town of Rethymno.

The Venetian port, which has the groyne in front of it for protection and was built by the Venetians in the 13th century, had been a shelter for the Venetian galleys and, later, for the Turkish warships. Nowadays, it has become a spot for lashing down small fishing boats, creating a beautiful picture, especially in the evenings, with the light being reflected on the sea surface.

Along the Venetian port, from the side of the town of Rethymno, the many Venetian buildings now house taverns, bars and cafes that get crowded during summer. That is also a spot, where small boats sail off from for daily trips to the nearby beaches. On the opposite side, on the edge of the groyne that is kept in excellent condition standing undamaged by the waves of the Cretan sea, there is a lighthouse of Rethymno, which was reconstructed during the Ottoman period.

Today, the Venetian port of Rethymno, which is ideal for romantic strolls, is mainly used for the fishing boats and yachts to lash down.