Old Venetian Harbor

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

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
  • 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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  • 70.92% of people who visit Chania include Old Venetian Harbor in their plan

  • 57.24% of people start their Old Venetian Harbor visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 8 Hrs to see Old Venetian Harbor

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

61.9% of people prefer walking in order to reach Old Venetian Harbor

People normally club together Firkas Fortress And Maritime Museum Of Crete 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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