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Chania Souda port

Chania Souda port transfers and Souda port guide

Chania is a beautiful town in the west of Crete that is the second largest population city in Crete after Heraklion.
Chania ferry port is connected with mainland Greece and quite a few of the Aegean islands like Kythira, Antikythira and Kalamata and Gythion in the Peloponesse.
Chania has daily sea connection with Piraeus via ferry boats.
The bay of Suda that serves as the port of Hania, is the biggest and safest bay in the East Mediterranean.
The ferry port of Chania is at Souda, at a distance of seven kilometers.

Useful Info

Port Authority:

tel: +30 28210 45117

National Tourist Organization:

+30 28210 92943

Police:

100

Ambulance:

166

Chania Ferry Port Facilities (Souda Ferry Port)

Within walking distance:

Shops and restaurants

Available in the ferry port area:

Public telephones
Good wheelchair access onboard at all ferries

History of Souda

Souda was named after the latin word suda that means narrow passage, trench. The Saracenic conquerors of Cret first landed at Suda establishing the first community.
Venetians, did not gave much importance to Souda as their ships were very light so they could easily anchor at the port of Chania.
However, the security offered by the port of Souda is extremely was unique and soon enough port was established in the area along with a fortress that was built at the entrance.
At its creek, Venetians created salt-pits that gave a big salt production. The Turks later on called the area “tuzla” deriving from the turkish word for salt.
During the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, Souda was a pirates hiding place until 1571 when the Turkish armada disembarked at Souda and destroyed the area of Chania.
Souda lived through difficulties during World Wars I and II. The English armada used the harbour during World War II .

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