Chania is a
beautiful old Venetian town dominated by the great White Mountains and
a pictureresque harbour, it’s the second largest town in Crete and
until 1971 was the islands capital. It has preserved more of its
old character than any other town in Crete, there are reminders of the
past at every corner, and it’s still considered the island's most
charming town and for many the best loved.
Most people head
for the harbour and the old Town which is located within the Venetian
fortification walls; a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, old
Venetian houses, renovated buildings, walls, art galleries and
museums; you could wander around these old historic streets for hours
with only an occasional reminder of the twenty first century.
Chania has a rich and varied cultural heritage having been occupied by
the Venetians and the Turks, castles, churches, monasteries and
ancient sites are in abundance.
In the heart of
Chania – there are two Venetian ports, the eastern harbour has
Chania's most photographed buildings, the slender Venetian lighthouse
at the end of the harbour wall and the squat Mosque of the Janissaries
built in 1625 with egg-shaped domes and spider leg arches.
The rectangular west harbour is where all the action is, fringed by
trendy waterside restaurants and café - bars beneath the faded and
crumbling facades of Venetian houses; this is the best spot on the
waterfront to enjoy the gorgeous views over the harbour, for more
traditional atmosphere and cheaper options there are plenty of
restaurants on the fringes and backstreets of the old town. If
you’re a night bird then you too won’t be disappointed, Chania has
some of the best and most varied nightlife on the island from typical
Cretan tavernas with live music to cosmopolitan cafes, lively bars and
Chania Airport to Chania Town is approx 12Kms (7miles) - 15 mins by