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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  • Highlight of our trip to Crete. In our opinion, puts Venice in its little pocket. Yes, it's touristy but beautiful & unique shops in narrow, charming alleys. Good selection of eateries to suit all... 
    Highlight of our trip to Crete. In our opinion, puts Venice in its little pocket. Yes, it's touristy but beautiful & unique shops in narrow, charming alleys. Good selection of eateries to suit all...  more »
  • Went there on Sunday and everything was open. Outside the old city stores are closed but if you are interested in the old town there is no reason to skip it ok Sunday. It was crowded but not... 
    Went there on Sunday and everything was open. Outside the old city stores are closed but if you are interested in the old town there is no reason to skip it ok Sunday. It was crowded but not...  more »
  • Over crowded city with hardly any parking, narrow streets. Not worth it - wish we would have spent the time on a beach away from this tourist trap jungle. 
    Over crowded city with hardly any parking, narrow streets. Not worth it - wish we would have spent the time on a beach away from this tourist trap jungle.  more »
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  • This is the best place in Crete for walks at night. It has everything, restaurants, shows, ambiance, romance, and, certainly beauty! I have been coming to Crete for the last 35 years, and I can assure you that I know every corner, every nook of this island. This is the best place to be. If you have a significant other, it's even better. Walk the entire port and the old Town. Allow ample time and wear comfortable shoes. If you get tired, settle in any restaurant. There is so much competition which makes every place good and a unique place to eat. Some offer more than others. You can't go wrong. Usually, you leave your heart there and you return after few years later to reclaim it, but, you leave your heart there again.
  • Chania is one of my favorite cities in Crete. It has beautiful, clean streets, awesome shops and restaurants, and one of the most picturesque harbors I have ever seen. Make sure you get a chance to walk the harbor at night, it is absolutely stunning. During the day the local beaches are very nice. If you are in Crete do your best to see Chania, you'll love it
  • Visually striking is the contrast between the Mosque, now an exhibition space, and the Venetian lighthouse. Beautiful views in the evening and early morning. The harbor is vibrant, there is a nice atmosphere. If you can sit at a table on the pier in the evening do so. At the pubs look for local beers, some are really good.
  • I fell in love with this place the moment I set foot in it. The people, shops, food, music, history and the scenery was all amazing. Even just sitting at one of the many restaurants having a little drink and watching the world go by was so relaxing. Everybody was smiling because the atmosphere is so welcoming, it feels like home. I would recommend visiting this place if your in Crete, I can't wait to go back myself.
  • If you're visiting Crete and you've never been before then I suggest you definitely visit Chania, especially the old town where the port is located. You can park 5 minutes away on the outskirts and walk into town if you don't want to pay for parking and that's not to say you can see everything in 5 minutes. You will need at least a full day to get the grasp of most of this beautiful town. The port is absolutely awe inspiring and surrounded by various cafes and restaurants with a few of them offering special seafood dishes which are reasonably priced but not cheap. If you decide to walk to the lighthouse and have a pram or have trouble walking you will find it tricky because it gets very narrow. At one point you have the choice of climbing down some building sand or up onto the wall but it is worth the effort. We had a pram and there was a man selling oil paintings, we bought a painting and when he saw us struggling he offered to look after the pram. I think he would have offered without us buying anything as the Greek people are so wonderfully kind. There's a car park right next to the port and some children will insist on helping you park your car if you use it, they will want a tip for this but it does not pay for parking. My wife thought it did and paid them €10 and she regrets it to this day. Parking is €3.50 for 3 hours but if I remember you can pay for 6 hours. We moved the car after 3 hours and parked just outside the car park for free but it does get busy around mid day.

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