Chania

City in Crete

Its Old Greece architecture makes this town a treasure of sights and photography. Experience the old town on foot and don't miss local delicacies.

Chania Attractions

Old Venetian Harbor of Chania

Bearing architectural elements of the Venetian era, it's one of the most photographed and picturesque places on Crete.

An image showing the Venizelos Graves and the amazing view of Chania city in the background.
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Venizelos Graves

On a spot famous for its majestic view, here is the tomb of the most significant political leader of modern Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos.

Küçük Hasan Mosque

The Islamic monument stands on the old port. It's a window in the city's Ottoman past. Locally referred with its Turkish name as "Giali Tzamisi".

A part of the Port of Kolymbari on Chania.
distant ≈ 30.5km

Port of Kolymbari, Chania

The recent renovations aim to the transformation of this small port into a contemporary shelter for fishing boats and tourist-vessels.

Chania Things to Do

Old Chania Market

Built on the grounds of the Venetian fortress Piatta Forma, this covered market keeps its authentic traditional character.

Municipal Art Gallery of Chania

With a remarkable collection of 700 paintings and engravings, its exhibits give visitors' a view of Crete's rich cultural history.

Cathedral of Chania (Trimartiri)

The main church of Chania that during the centuries has accompanied the life and the history of the city, is hosted in a structure of 1860.

Chania Museums

Chania Day Trips

A picture showing a part of the old port of Rethymno.
photo: Miltof / CC BY 2.0

Rethymno

The old town is adorned with Venetian and renaissance architecture and monuments. Top favorite is a walk in the old harbor and local restaurants.

A panoramic picture showing the ferry boat approaching the coastal settlement of Loutro, Chania.
photo: Maesi64
distant ≈ 50.2km

Loutro Marina, Chania

The unique bay of Loutro with crystal-clear waters & picturesque scenery has a ferry connection with Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Sfakia, & Gavdos.

Questions & Answers about Chania

Why Visit Chania?
  • Its unique architecture reveals a multicultural notion related to its different rulers.
  • Combining superb beaches, great landscapes, and distinctive Cretan hospitality.
  • One of the biggest tourist destinations in Greece with superior infrastructure.
What is Chania, Greece?

Chania is the second largest city of Crete and is located 70 km (44 miles) from Rethymno and 145 km (87 miles) from Heraklion. Its population is approximately 60,000 inhabitants and is a particularly important economic, cultural, and tourism center for the entire island.

How was Chania during history?

Archaeological excavations demonstrate that the broader area hosts human activity since the Neolithic era with the first settlements developed in ancient Cydonia, a particularly important Minoan city. The city flourished in the Greco-Roman and Byzantine periods. Then it was ruled by the Venetians, the Genoese, and the Turks.

When was the union between Greece and Crete.

In 1898 Chania was released by the Turkish occupation and with the whole of Crete was declared independent. After the efforts of the great Greek politician, Eleftherios Venizelos in 1913 Chania become part of Greek territory by achieving the union with Greece.

How someone can reach Chania?

Someone can reach the city of Chania by frequent ferry services linking it to mainland Greece or alternatively through the airport from which there are flights to multiple domestic and international destinations.

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