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 spent four days exploring this quaint old neighbourhood. It’s like something from a movie, with narrow old brick roads, labyrinthine twists, stairs and archways. Stores abound, many with similar loc...  more »
  • This Venetian Harbour, with your lighthouse and Bay and the monastery is in itself a great reason for a visit, after the trade and restaurants throughout the port which invite us to rest, sit down for a minute and appreciate this almost natural. The streets of the old town very picturesque and embellished with flowers are also a reason for a visit of at least an afternoon or an evening for dinner to the sound of the sea. Attention restaurants are expensive and profiteers and parking is better looking a bit withdrawn, 10 m walking and are already places.
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  • When I came to Crete, we stayed in Galatas, and pretty much everyday we took a 15 minute bus into Chania to go to the bars and restaurants of the Old Venetian Harbor- quite frankly it is such a magica...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful "built" up areas... Get the bus into Chania and walk in, soak up the locals drinking their frappe, and join them in enjoying the stunning views of the marina. Remember to detour off the beaten track and get lost in the stunning back streets of the Old Town.
  • Small harbour with pretty basic services. Very good: Spiros, the harbour master, providing good information, service and solutions. Regular: the cleanliness of public toilets, and very poor in the case of showers. Noisy bars until late night. Some mooring lines available
  • This is a must see if you are visiting Chania. There are some very nice restaurant in the area, and tourist shops to visit. The restaurants are very close to the water in the harbor. There is also a Maritime Museum to see in the area. I have been to create 6 time and have came to walk the harbor every time.
  • Epic views and an unforgettable morning ! This harbour is indeed a wonder of our ancestors and amazing for a walk at the harbour. Try it in the morning while the sea breeze is still fresh! BR
  • Amazing atmosphere there. You can have a meal or drink in one of the countless restaurants along the Harbour. There are a lot of souvenir stores. You can even rent a carriage and be driven so you won't have to walk through the burning hot Greek summer
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