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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  • While European coastal cities really to to overcommercialize and scare away tourists with overwhelming amounts of cheap beachwear, fake Irish pubs and restaurant waiters trying to lure you in by...  more »
  • Fabulous to come and seat on the wall watching the sunset or just enjoying a glass of wine...beautiful romantic place  more »
  • We visited Chania's Old Venetian Harbour on a day trip on a cruise and thoroughly enjoyed a day relaxing in the sun, walking the harbour walls and eating and drinking in the restaurants with stunning....  more »
  • This is one of my favorite views in the city. The old Venetian Harbor, with the minaret on the pier. I love how ancient Crete is, you have Spanish, Venetian, Roman and ottoman occupation all in the same harbor over the last two thousand years. If you get a few blocked off the main drag and you check out the old walls they're lit up in red it's absolutely amazing.
  • The Old Venetian Harbour is a trademark of Chania (the second largest city in Crete). Although, to some, this may be considered a "touristy" place, it is visited and enjoyed by the locals alike. Numerous restaurants and cafes line the beautiful harbour. You'll also find plenty of hidden gems as you wonder down the maze of winding cobblestone streets. Locals and store owners are very friendly and hospitable. If you're looking for a place to stay, there are many hotels (most overlooking the harbour and sea). Such a vibrant atmosphere... You can start and end your evening there..
  • Great for an afternoon stroll and a bite to eat. During peak season it’s very crowded and parking in the immediate vicinity can be scarce. There are plenty of great eateries and ones situated slightly off the main harbour that will cost you somewhat less. It’s wise not to fall into the first restaurant whose owner accosts you on passing.
  • Recommended to visit. Also there is very narrow street - half a meter passing by. Also there a lot of old architecture date 13-15 centuries. Every building has own history and style - so you should plan whole day for visiting old venetian harbour
  • One of my personal favourite: a huge harbour surrounded by old embankments and highlighted by a working Faro lighthouse with many old buildings still around. Many inexpensive accommodations around yet dotted with many small shops, not to mention the hundreds of eateries of different styles, some along the waterfront, some in gardens, some on terraces and in great varieties though of course seafood plates are very commonly on the menu. Lots of sea-going activities around, and the waterfront are dotted by local musicians and craft makers.

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