CHANIA

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GENERAL INFO

Chania is a place where different civilizations have flourished throughout the centuries. Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the churches will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments.  Plan & Book your vacations to Chania online at www.greektrip.gr or via phone at Sporades Shipping.

The city of Chania is built on the area of Minoan Kidonia and it was the former capital city of Crete. Nowadays, it is the second largest city of Crete after Heraklion. However, Chania is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Greece and a paradise for food lovers. Get familiar with the city by strolling around its streets, visiting its museums and admiring the different architectural styles presenting the historical route of the city.

The old town is built around the Venetian port and is also a relatively integral area where Venetian buildings, and later Turkish elements, compose a unique architectural style. Due to the historic center of Chania with its Venetian walls defining the borders between the old and new city and its ramparts, the city has been pronounced as preserved. It consists of five connected districts surrounding the Venetian port. Its design was made by Venetian engineer Michelle Sammichelli. The Lighthouse, built in 1570 by the Venetians and reconstructed in 1830 by the Egyptians, is located at the end of the rock protecting the port from the north. On the east of the old town there is the Splantzia district built on the former Turkish district. Here you will see the only Orthodox Church which had the permission to operate during the period of the Venetian and Turkish occupations. You will also see the Fountain square.

On the southeast of the old city lies the Hebrew district which reminds the times when the developing Hebrew community of Chania was obliged by the Venetians to move to a delimitated area called judeca where two synagogues were operating. Pretty close to that, you will find the Folklore Museum of Chania and Saint Francisco church which houses the city’s Archeological Museum. Also, do not miss the famous Stivanadika, where the Cretan boot-makers workshops are located. Stivania are the boots worn as a part of the traditional Cretan men’s costume. Today this street is full of souvenir shops as well as shops selling local leather goods.

GETTING HERE

By airplane: Chania Airport is connected with regular domestic flights with the main airports of Greece. The flight from Athens lasts about 50-55 minutes and the airport is located at 14km from the city of Chania.

By ferry: Chania is connected daily to the port of Piraeus. Book your tickets by contacting us at Sporades Shipping or online at greektrip.gr. The trip takes around 8hrs. The port of Chania is located in Souda area, about 10km from the town of Chania.

MUST-DO

  1. Elafonissi: Located in the South-West of Crete, Elafonissi has become a very popular destination for day trippers who flood to this corner of paradise by car, bus or boat. Its main attraction to most tourists is the unique feeling of being in a South Seas lagoon whilst having a Mediterranean holiday.

  2. Sfakia: The district of Sfakia is the largest one in the prefecture of Chania, but consisting in large part of mountains it is sparsely populated. Sfakia is famous throughout Greece as one of the most traditional regions of Crete and for its magnificent nature, contrasting the high mountains, the plateaux of Askyfou and Anopolis as well as the wild scenic coast of the Libyan sea. There is plenty to explore in the region.

  3. The lighthouse of Chania: The original Venetian lighthouse was built around the late 16th century to protect the harbor. A chain could be connected from the base of the lighthouse to the fortress of Firkas in order to close the harbor. The lighthouse is located at the end of a long mole that protects the Venetian harbor from the sea. It is well worth walking all the way to the end of it as you get splendid views from the harbor. Unfortunately the lighthouse itself is closed so you can’t go up the tower.

  4. Archaeological Museum: The Archaeological Museum of Chania is housed in the former Venetian church and monastery of San Francesco. The exhibits are presented following a chronological order and include findings of Minoan pottery, pottery, stone carving, seals, jewelry and other items.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

Hiking at the gorge of Samaria: The gorge of Samaria is situated in the National park of Samaria, in the White Mountains in West Crete. This majestic gorge is considered one of the great attractions of Crete and many tourists want to visit it. But you must realize that it is a long (5 to 7 hours) walk on rough terrain so you will need to have a certain degree of fitness and walking experience in order to enjoy it.

Tip: Discover the natural beauty and diversity of the villages around Chania!