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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 world travel planner, Chania Town attractions like Old Venetian Harbor can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Everything in Chania seems to revolve around the old town, lots of shops, places to eat, and things to do for everyone, would recommend walking up to the town via the beach. A much nicer way to get th...  more »
  • It's a beautiful harbour and the old buildings are charming. It's really worth a visit there, if you are in Chania.  more »
  • Nice place to have a walk. Many restaurants and boutiques are all along the way. However, the prices are not among the cheapest, due to the fact that it is really touristic.  more »
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  • Superb place to visit and show friends. It has a multitude of cafes and restaurants. Sitting and eating or drinking while viewing the harbour and tourist boats is very relaxing. There are small roads leading off to more shops and restaurants, museums and local shopping. After about 10 am, this is a traffic free area. Come here for coffee, lunch or dinner or just a cocktail in the evening.
  • A lovely place with fantastic restaurants and shops,,, just a shame about the guys at some eateries on the front literally physically stopping you and begging you to buy a drink. Just go into the old streets behind the front for fantastic hospitality.
  • There aren't a lot of shops around the water front but the entrance to the harbor is spectacular
  • The trademark of the city. A great place to have a walk, especially a t night. There are many good places you can go for a coffee, drink or dinner.
  • beautiful, colourful harbour with many restaurants, cafes and bars.. The harbour is a stunning blue