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Rethymno, or Rethimno, is a city on the north coast of the Greek island of Crete. In the old town, the Venetian Harbor is filled with fishing boats and lined with tavernas. Rethymno Lighthouse was built in the 1830s. West, the hilltop Fortezza is a star-shaped, 16th-century citadel. The Historical and Folklore Museum preserves local crafts like textiles and ceramics. Long, sandy Rethymno Beach stretches to the east.

When to visit
Peak Travel is May–Sep, when the weather is warm to hot, and dry. Rethymno has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers (Jun–Aug) and mild, rainy winters (Dec–Feb). The city’s annual carnival celebrations (Feb/Mar) include treasure hunts, live music and dancing. The festival culminates in a massive parade featuring floats and costumes. The Renaissance Festival (date varies) features theater, music and dance performances.

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