Old Venetian Harbor, Chania

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Address: Old Venetian Harbor, Chania Town, Crete, Greece

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About Old Venetian Harbor, Chania

This is practically the only reason people even come to Chania– A gem of natural beauty and history. As if lovely bars, cafes and restaurants in front of a seaside weren’t enough, tourists are particularly enchanted by the various monuments left behind by the foreign occupations – Venetian, Ottoman, and Egyptian. The harbour, built by the Venetians in the 14the century, quickly became known as a critical naval and commercial centre.

It’s best to walk the harbour from the west to the east, taking in the following highlights:

  • Firka Fortress, and the chain that connected it’s bastion to the lighthouse.
  • Akti Kountourio: The red building that was once a barracks and now houses the Maritime Museum of Crete.
  • Angelou Street: Classic Venetian architecture there and some great eateries.
  • Sintrivani Square
  • Akti Tombazi: A line of artists capturing the harbour in paintings.
  • Giali Tzamissi: The oldest Moslem building in Crete.
  • Sourmelis Street: See damages leftovers from WWII.
  • Stairs leading up to Kasteli Hill and the Byzantine Walls.
  • Grand Arsenal: Once a repair dockyard for the Venetians, now the Center of Mediterranean Architecture.
  • Akti Enoseos: Old customs building
  • A collection of 7 venetian docks.
  • A marina for small boats.
  • The shipyards of Moro
  • The breakwater that leads to the lighthouse.
  • The Lighthouse, now defunct and closed, which used to hold the other end of the chain used in Defence of Chania.

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  • The most amazing place to visit. Night time the sea front cones alive, restaurants and eateries galore. The walk along the old wall to the lighthouse is well worth doing. We were there in October and there was still plenty happening. As two women on our own, we did not feel the slightest bit threatened. Chania is a fantastic place, lots of very narrow streets, and shops and stall

  • A quiet round in march Just take a walk around. Definitely something to see there. Beautiful. You can also eat there...nevertheless the scenery is good but the restaurants look as everywhere in such places - made for tourists. ..for many tourists. If they would be the best i could not say as i haven't been inside in none .

  • The most visited street in the heart of Chania. You can see from there the whole bay and the lighthouse on the other part. Suggested also on winter time with windy conditions. Good spot to take photos of the wild waves coming up to the lighthouse.

  • One of the highlights of visiting Crete, Chania harbour is at the heart of the old town. There's plenty to see, both around the harbour and in almost any of the streets of the old town. Shops come and go but it is worth mentioning Leather Lane (actually Skridlof), where there's a vast array of shoes, leather bags and belts and the like. For restaurants I'd recommend stepping back a street or two from the waterfront, as those around the harbour are extremely busy in season.

  • Beautiful place; highly historic. Great food, very friendly locals and gorgeous views of the Med sea.

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