Although Rethymno is the smallest town in Crete, it does not lack in natural beauty, history and cultural wealth. Rethymno is the most well-preserved Renaissance town on the island, after the city of Heraklion. Many of the historical buildings of the city are still in use and house the cultural heritage of the prefecture of Rethymno.
The historical and mountainous villages of the prefecture retain their traditional character, which reflects the culture and the special temperament of the locals. The most known of these are Anogia, Zoniana, Margarites, Argyroupoli and Axos.
Rethymno has plenty of monasteries and churches. The churches of the prefecture are considered important places of religious interest. Some of the most important of these are the Monasteries of Arkadi, Diskouriou, Panagia Antifonitria, Agia Anastasia Romaia and the church of Agia Varvara.
The prefecture of Rethymno has many tourist resorts, which during the summer season are also favorite destinations of the locals. In the southern part of the prefecture you will find the beaches of Triopetra with its characteristic rocks, the exotic Prevelis with the palm forest, and Ligres with its blond beaches. Most beaches in the North have been awarded with the Blue Flag and are the most popular of the prefecture. Some of the best known are Bali, Episkopi, Platanias, Panormo and Ammoudi.
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