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Chania Old Town and Harbour

One of west Crete’s main attractions is the beautiful Old Town of Chania with its Venetian Harbour lined with cafes and restaurants, and winding cobbled alleyways.
Steeped in history, Chania stands on the ancient site of Kydonia which flourished during the Roman period, and later became the capital city of the Cretan State (1897-1907).

The harbour was built by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356.
It was used for commerce and as a fortification against pirate attacks.

On its north side it is protected by a breakwater.
The Firkas Fortress on its west entrance and the St Nicholas bastion in the middle of the breakwater defended the harbour from raiders.

Visit the Archaeological museum on Halidon Street and the Maritime Museum at the far west corner of the harbour front.

Take time to explore the back alleyways, you’ll be amazed at the gems you’ll discover: beautiful old Venetian buildings with courtyard cafes and cozy restaurants, Cretan handicraft shops,  boot makers on the Leather Street, and rows of shops selling hand carved Cretan knives at the Stivanadika.

Stroll eastwards around the harbour past the multitude of fishing boats, yachts and pleasure boats; here the harbour front is lined with excellent fish tavernas.
Continue right around and along the sea wall out to the beautiful renovated lighthouse the so distinctive feature of the harbour.
It was built by the Venetians and restored in its present form by the Egyptians (1830-1840).

You can also take a trip on a horse drawn carriage to give your feet a rest and explore out and beyond the scenic Old Town of Chania.


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