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Things to do in Chania, Greece
Chania, Greece

Chania is the second largest city of Crete after Heraklion. It lies along the north coast of the island of Crete, about 70 km west of Rethymno and 145 km west of Heraklion.

This city has numerous options for sightseeing, exploration and adventure. The following are the top things to do while visiting the city of Chania:

1. Old Venetian Harbour in Chania

This harbor was built by the Venetians during the colonization of Crete.

Indeed, it was an important center that served the Venetian military ships, as well as it was one of the most important commercial ports of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The Old Venetian  Harbour of Chania

2. Al Hammam Authentic Turkish Baths

The Hammams (public baths) were brought to Chania by the Ottomans of Asia Minor. These public baths played an important role in middle eastern culture.

In this culture, the body hygiene was closely associated with worship and meditation.

The public baths served as places of body cleaning and social gathering.

Al Hammam Authentic Turkish Baths

3. Walk to the Venetian Lighthouse

Initially, the lighthouse was built by the Venetians in 1570. Later on, it was reconstructed for the last time in 1830.

It is conspicuous by its rectangular shape and it is made of stone blocks. The lighthouse is no longer operational but it is still one of the top attractions of Chania for its magnificent architecture and historical interest.

Overall, this is considered to be the symbol of Chania.

Venetian Lighthouse, Chania Greece

4. The Archaeological Museum of Chania

This located in the Catholic church of Saint Francis, close to the Venetian Harbor of Chania. Its exhibits give a view of the region’s history from the Neolithic till the Roman times.

5. Stroll Around The Alleys of the Old Town

Chania Old Town is a maze of colorful paved pedestrian streets filled with welcoming shops for visitors to explore.

These includes the tattoo parlors, traditional tavernas, souvenir shops, cafés and bars set against a picturesque background.

Chania, Crete

6. Firkas Fortress

During the Venetian rule in Crete, the Venetians fortified the cities of Crete as well as the other strategic places.

In a nutshell, the city’s fortification plans, among others, included the construction of a fortress at the entrance of the harbour. The main reason was in order to face a possible attack from the seaside and to ensure the protection of the harbour and the city.

Firka Fortress, Chania Greece

7. A Horse Ride In Chania

After familiarizing ourselves with the city of Chania, we were searching for an interesting way to get around the city.

We settled for a horse drawn carriage tour around the sights. Certainly, this is an attraction that everyone can enjoy while at the same time visit this city in style!

A horse ride in Chania

This is a relaxing route through the pedestrian streets of the Old town. We were able to see more historical buildings, monuments, old shipyard, the Venetian walls, shopping streets and other places worth seeing throughout the city. 

Chania, Crete

It’s definitely one of my favorite city in Crete, a great city that I’m looking forward to visit again. And another one maybe for your bucket list!

A Travel Quote…

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

Some Tips

  • Learn a little bit of the Greek language
  • Be cultural sensitive
  • Avoid peak seasons
  • You can choose different duration for your horse drawn carriage, of course at an extra cost
  • Hire the car to explore a little bit more

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