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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  • August 17, 2017
    I was here with my girlfriend, what a place! Found parking outside (if you arrive before dinner can be found immediately) follows a brisk walk along the sea. Very nice restaurant overlooking the lighthouse and sea complex internal streets there is always plenty to see
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  • August 17, 2017
    We stayed in rethymnon and i was beating myself up after seeing this lovely place we rented a car and we drove to chania town for me it has alot more to offer tourists the locals and people in the tow...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Old venetian harbor, next to the city hosts amazing old buildings, museums, the ruins of the venetian castle, a lighthouse symbol of city, art exhibitions, churches, restaurants with local food and fi...  more »
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  • April 18, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 14, 2017
    There aren't a lot of shops around the water front but the entrance to the harbor is spectacular
  • June 28, 2017
    Niece place to visit. In the harbour restaurants are excpensive, inner the city you will find more intiment and cheaper ones.
  • January 20, 2017
    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.

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Where to stay in Chania Town

Many package tourists on Crete stay in comfortable hotels outside Chania Town, though this lively seaport offers accommodations ranging from inexpensive hostels to five-star resorts. If you too prefer to stay out of town, consider one of the surrounding area's well-appointed villas and apartments, which provide secure parking and access to private outdoor spaces. Stick to the city's harbor area for fine shopping and dining, or check out the old town's boutique hotels for good atmosphere, friendly service, and proximity to sandy beaches.
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