Chania is one of the most picturesque cities in Crete Island.
Indeed, 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. It was one of the most important harbors of the Mediterranean sea.
✦ 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.
The public baths served as places of body cleaning and social gathering.
✦ 3. Walk to the Venetian Lighthouse
The Venetian lighthouse was built in the early 1570s. It is easily recognized by its unique shape. Certainly, this is one of the top historical attractions in this city.
Overall, this is considered to be the symbol of Chania.
✦ 4. The Archaeological Museum of Chania
This museum is located inside the St. Francis Catholic Church. This is not far away from the Venetian harbor in the city. It showcases the history of Chania and Crete Island.
✦ 5. Stroll Around The Alleys of the Old Town
Chania Old Town is also a place on its own to explore. It has beautiful streets that have shops, Greek restaurants, cafés, and bars.
✦ 6. Firkas Fortress
During the Venetian rule in Crete, the Venetians fortified the cities of Crete. In a nutshell, the main reason for the construction of these fortresses was to protect the cities.
✦ 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!
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.
This is one of my favorite cities in Greece.
✦ Some Tips
- Learn a little bit of the Greek language
- Be cultural sensitive
- Avoid peak seasons
- You can choose the 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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Thank you for stopping by and stay positive!
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