Old Venetian Harbor

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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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  • 95% of people who visit Chania include Old Venetian Harbor in their plan

  • 53.19% of people start their Old Venetian Harbor visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 7 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Old Venetian Harbor

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

55.25% of people prefer walking in order to reach Old Venetian Harbor

People normally club together Chania Archaeological Museum and Hania while planning their visit to Old Venetian Harbor.

People also prefer to end their day with Old Venetian Harbor.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • Located about 90 miles west of Heraklion on the Greek Island of Crete, the Venetian Harbor is in Chania. The narrow streets are lined with shops, restaurants, bars and the old harbor full of hundreds of years of history. Walk out to the lighthouse or visit the only synagogue on the island. This harbor is magical and the people of Chania friendly.

  • My husband and I love this area. Next time we come to Crete we want to stay right here. We were at a hotel about a mile away. But we walked here every day. It's stunningly beautiful with a mix of clear clean ocean harbor, great restaurants and shopping and stray cats and dogs that adopt visitors. I had cats sitting on my purse during lunch and dogs following us around being adorable.

  • Lovely area of Chania. Lots of little back streets with local shops. Great choice of restaurants and bars by the harbour front and not far from bus station.

  • A beautiful light house located close to Chania city in Crete. A walk around and on the stone mounted walls is worth a visit. Definitely I would visit this place again.

  • Very nice and small harbor with a lot of history.. The boot tour was also fun and we could see the turtle 🐢 😄 There are also a lot of good restaurants 🍴 😋

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