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About Chania

This impressive Venetian city is arguably the most beautiful and cosmopolitan on Crete with the White Mountains providing a picturesque and dramatic backdrop. Just to the west of Chania is the main tourist area of the western part of the island with well known resorts such as Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias and Gerani that need little introduction. These resorts have everything you would associate with a typical beach holiday in the Mediterranean, "blue flag" beaches with facilities, tavernas, bars and plenty of shops. The further west you go the quieter and more traditional the resorts become.

Chania with its Venetian harbour, museums, fascinating indoor market and an old quarter of narrow streets packed with interesting shops, tavernas and bars, Chania offers something for all visitors.

It is a vibrant place steeped in Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish history. The harbour area is a great place to sit and watch the world go by at one of the water front tavernas or you may like to try the park on Tzanakaki Street where there is a lovely cafe tucked away amongst the trees which is popular with the locals.

The old city is full of restaurants and tavernas, housed in renovated houses, sometimes in the open air. There are also plenty of bars and nightspots. Nightlife in Chania is very intense with most places staying open throughout the night. Usually a night out for most locals starts with dinner, continues with a visit to bars and discos and ends with coffee and sweets in the early morning.

As in all large cities, you will find a full range of amenities here.

Chania is easily accessible from all of our properties either by bus, taxi or car.

History 

Chania is built on the site of the ancient city of Kydonia. This site was inhabited from Neolithic times and through all phases of the Minoan Period. Kydonia developed into a very important centre of the Minoan civilization and it was famous for its pottery workshops. During the Roman period Kydonia was an important city that was destroyed in 828 AD by the Saracene pirates. During the Byzantine period Chania ceased to be an important city.

Sights 

The Public Market is an impressive building, in the town centre, built at the beginning of the present century (1911) and houses grocery stores, butchers' shops, a fish market and vegetable shops.

The Public Gardens, next to the Market, are ideal for those in search of shade and tranquillity. Northeast of the gardens is the area of Chalepa where the residences of Prince George and Eleftherios Venizelos were.

At the entrance to the harbour, at its northeast point, is the renovated fort Firkas, built in 1629 which today houses the Maritime Museum of Chania as well as a summer theatre, where drama performances are enacted.

Opposite the Firkas fort, is the magnificent Venetian Lighthouse, built in the 16th century.