Old Venetian Harbor

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  • Address: Old Venetian Harbor, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 08:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Harbour

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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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  • Old Venetian Harbor Address: Old Venetian Harbor, Chania Town, Crete, Greece
  • Old Venetian Harbor Timing: 24-hrs
  • Old Venetian Harbor Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Old Venetian Harbor(preferred time): 11:00 am - 09:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Old Venetian Harbor: 08:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Old Venetian Harbor

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

  • 53.53% 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

55.42% 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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  • Despite the 1000s of tourists visiting this part of Crete, I was amazing at how enchanting this place is. A beautiful harbour surrounded by alleyways full of Greek charm. Take your pick of the eateries, there are plenty to choose from. Soak up the atmosphere at one of the busy harbour cafès or find a more secluded place in the labyrinth of alleyways. So much to see and do your sure to return to discover what was around the next corner..

  • One of the most beautiful "built" up areas... Get the bus into Chania and walk in, soak up the locals drinking their frappe, and join them in enjoying the stunning views of the marina. Remember to detour off the beaten track and get lost in the stunning back streets of the Old Town.

  • Nice place, nice walk with lots of taverna. Also visit to the Light house is an nice stroll as well. You will also find shops of all kind

  • It is a beautiful and romantic place. The time goes by peacefully. The sights especially at sunset and at night are beautiful. It is surrounded by many restaurants and many street artists. Definitely a place to visit.

  • Perfect for walks. Offers multiple activities and restaurants, coffee shops and bars to choose from and see the sunset. Don't confine yourself to the seaside choices as one block inner there are much better options with AAA rated food (Instagram worthy pictures) and not so tourist-prices

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