At the beginning of the old town of Rethymno an imposing Venetian fortress, known as Fortezza, is standing. Fortezza is the most important monument in Rethymno and it was built in the late 16th century. The visitor enters Fortezza through the magnificent eastern (main) gate and is led, via a gallery, to its interior to face some masterpieces and imposing creations. Also the view from Fortezza is breathtaking and is perfect for a view of the beautiful sunrise.
Arkadiou Street, or Sabbionara, was during Venetian era but also today one of the most important streets of the urban fabric of the city. Lying in the heart of modern Rethymnon, it combines the oriental features of the Turkish period with Renaissance-style Venetian architecture.
The Missiria is actually a suburb of Rethymno, within walking distance from the city center, just 3 km to the east and on the long sandy beach. Access from Rethymnon is very easy with regular and frequent bus, taxi and rented or private cars and motorcycles.