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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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  • Chania old Harbor ... So wonderful for walks ... For food ... For coffee ... To drink ... That you want there ...
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  • The scenery in this harbour was beautiful. It was a pleasure to stroll along. At night, it was buzzing and the lighthouse was lit up. The only "gripe", you don't get a chance to look at menus in front...  more »
  • It's a beautiful postcard view. The mixture of cultures and architectures are impressive. (mosque, Church and synagogue to coincided without problem). It has many good restaurants with reasonable prices. Additional attractions (boat with transparent background,...) are to be avoided as expensive for the time of visit. The price of some paintings hand painted by street painters are also high. However a painter on canvas offering hundreds of paintings all sizes and styles without cheap framework deserves to be known and discovered. Explore and browse by itself, takes time to realize the beauty of the city walls, alleys, of the architecture of the buildings.
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  • Amazing place. It is so lively and crowded. Very trendy. Music. Great views. Great food. Horse and carriage tours.
  • Nice for strolling around. Lots of choices for food and drink along the way. The harbour dates all the way back to the Hellenistic era and has history in the Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman eras as well.
  • By far the best port of Creta.It offers nightlife for all tastes and it is a great place for a stroll.It is very relaxing to walk by the sea in the old port even though it is most of the times crowded.
  • A wonderful place to visit. Many traditional restaurants, cafes, small roads with shops and old buildings, historical sites, museums and a beautiful lighthouse!
  • Charming, with Venetian structures in good condition. Love how the modern buildings are blended into the old style. Having dinner/drinks overlooking the harbor at sunset is lovely. But it's crowded in summer months--we made the mistake to go on a Friday night so it was especially packed. Some side streets approaching the harbor are dirty and filled with dog poop so look where you walk.