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Chania city Information Crete

Chania city center

Chania is a historical city combining culture, traditional character and a picturesque cityscape that takes its visitors to a trip to the past. The deep blue sea surrounds the city that along with the stone made houses result to a unique experience and atmosphere.
Chania is a city of unique beauty with a very rich cultural heritage maintaining until today the old fashioned hospitality and the traditions.
Modern and ancient monuments, the Venetian Harbor and the Old Town, the colourful neighbourhoods and the friendly people guarantee unforgettable moments.
The area attracts plenty of tourists from all over the world due to its natural beauty and the numerous significant sights.

The town and surrounding area of Chania invite you to explore them and it is certain that you will not be disappointed.
Walking around the narrow street and discovering the hidden gems of local architecture is what you should do first in order to take a taste of Chania’s spirit. The mixture of different architectural sites gives a good insight to the city’s history.
Afterwards you could sit for a coffee in one of the beautiful cafes at the port and enjoy the crowds passing by contradicting with the usually calm sea.
The old town was heavily bombarded during the second world war but fortunately many of the sites where not destroyed.

Chania Tourist Attractions

The Maritime Museum of Crete is housed in the 'Firka' fortress offering a fascinating insight into Crete's maritime history.
The 16th century Church of St Francis that hosts the Archaeological Museum of Chania.
The Public Market housed in an impressive building in the heart of the city, that was built at the beginning nineteenth century (1911). There you can find local products, grocery stores, butchers' shops, a fish market and vegetable shops.
The Public Gardens, next to the Market, are ideal for those looking for relaxation in the city center.
Chalepa is a beautiful neighborhood where the residences of Prince George and Eleftherios Venizelos used to be.
Promenade towards the magnificent Venetian lighthouse.
The Topanas district, which used to be the Christian neighbourhood during the Turkish occupation. Topanas area is generally very picturesque, with many narrow alleys and old charming buildings, some of which have been restored as hotels, restaurants, shops and bars.
The Jewish quarter was located at the northwest of the Old Town, just right behind the harbour.
The seafront consists of Akti Tompazi, Akti Kountouriotou and Akti Enoseos (marina) all of which showcase several historical buildings and a exciting nightlife.
The main street that combines the modern town with the old town is Halidon Str.

Chania city center