Wandering the cobbled streets of Rethymnon’s car-free old town takes you back through the centuries. The mix of architectural styles reflects the town’s history, so you’ll see attractions such as the 16th-century Venetian loggia, the 17th-century Rimondi Fountain with water flowing from the mouths of three stone lions, and a towering Ottoman minaret from 1890. Sometimes styles are combined – lovely pastel-colored Venetian-era town houses have wooden balconies added by the Turks.

Getting lost in the narrow streets is half the fun of visiting this town. Chances are you’ll find a cute café or restaurant, either in the streets or along the waterfront, and settle in for a bit of people watching.

If you are looking for the perfect souvenir from your trip to Crete, this is the place to find it. Unique, funky, and fun shops sell items that range from designer clothes to fridge magnets.

If you have your own car, the best place to park and access the old town is down near the ferry terminal, where you’ll find a large parking lot with very reasonable rates.
The distance from villa Staras to the old town is just 8km.