General Information About Chania Crete
Take a trip back in time, in the city of Chania, one of the most beautiful in our country, which enchants visitors through signs left in this different cultures, who passed through here.
Wandering the labyrinthine streets of the old town with its imposing Venetian houses, fountains and magnificent temples will captivate you, while the modern city will satisfy the needs of any discerning traveller.
Although it was bombed and burned several times during its long history, the old town of Chania is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean, the “Venice of the East”.
In several places the traveller can find samples of all the civilizations that passed through it. At its Center is the Hill of kasteli which has been inhabited since the Neolithic era and is a protected location next to the old port.
Masterfully crafted in the 14th century, for commercial purposes and for protection against pirates, the Venetian Harbour of Chania is nowadays the most striking, and photographed simultaneously magical point of town.
A little further east of Kastelli is the District, the old quarter of Muslims, which is very atmospheric.
Walking towards the Sea you will see the Venetian “Neoria” (1497), the dockyards, which once produced war galleys, today still work repairing boats and caiques.
From the West side of Kastelli is the Santirbani square (or El. venizelou square), which is the tourist heart of the city.
The Jewish quarter, the Topanas, the Koum-Kapi and so even attractions will make your browsing a continuous discovery of secrets.
As for the trademark of Chania, is none other than the infamous benetisaniko lighthouse, which overlooks the old port.