Old Venetian Harbor, Chania Town

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A remnant of the Venetian rule in Crete, Old Venetian Harbor sits at the heart of Chania's old town. Although this part of the city suffered massive damage during the bombing raids of World War II, the medieval harbor remains one of the most picturesque urban districts on the island. This old waterfront neighborhood contains some of Crete's finest Venetian mansions, restored and upgraded in the last few decades to accommodate boutique hotels, trendy restaurants, and elegant bars. The remains of the Venetian city walls frame a network of narrow backstreets extending from the harbor, where you can often find local artisans selling handmade crafts. Using our custom trip planner, Chania Town attractions like Old Venetian Harbor can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was here with my girlfriend, what a place! Found parking outside (if you arrive before dinner can be found immediately) follows a brisk walk along the sea. Very nice restaurant overlooking the lighthouse and sea complex internal streets there is always plenty to see
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  • We stayed in rethymnon and i was beating myself up after seeing this lovely place we rented a car and we drove to chania town for me it has alot more to offer tourists the locals and people in the tow...  more »
  • Old venetian harbor, next to the city hosts amazing old buildings, museums, the ruins of the venetian castle, a lighthouse symbol of city, art exhibitions, churches, restaurants with local food and fi...  more »
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  • A quiet round in march Just take a walk around. Definitely something to see there. Beautiful. You can also eat there...nevertheless the scenery is good but the restaurants look as everywhere in such places - made for tourists. ..for many tourists. If they would be the best i could not say as i haven't been inside in none .
  • Walking around the old city, we stumbled in to the harbour. Wow, what a view. This is a quaint little area that is surrounded by restaurants and little shops. There is some great historical sites, like the mosque and lighthouse. Great little place to spend time relaxing, and dining. We came back at night, and it was as beautiful as the day time.
  • One of my favourite places in the whole of Greece. We have been many times. The best place to people watch you see all sorts. The best selection of restaurants.
  • Spent a lot of time around this harbour. Stunning place to be and full of nice waterside restaurants cafes and bars. Boat trips go from here and you can walk the harbour walls to the old lighthouse.
  • Plenty of cafes and shops along here. You can even pop to the lighthouse. There are plenty of boats to watch to while away your time. Very relaxing

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Where to stay in Chania Town

Many package tourists on Crete stay in comfortable hotels outside Chania Town, though this lively seaport offers accommodations ranging from inexpensive hostels to five-star resorts. If you too prefer to stay out of town, consider one of the surrounding area's well-appointed villas and apartments, which provide secure parking and access to private outdoor spaces. Stick to the city's harbor area for fine shopping and dining, or check out the old town's boutique hotels for good atmosphere, friendly service, and proximity to sandy beaches.
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