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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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  • An old town with the old town next to perhaps one of the best sites on Greece. There are too many choices to eat anybody (from typical "tourist" eating up gourmet cuisine), bars, golf carts etc.
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  • I am a landscape watercolourist and I found much inspiration in and around the Venetian Harbour and Old Town. It should have been a protected town in WW2, instead it was severely bombed. Much of the O...  more »
  • As many times and to walk, not bored. Changing mood, thinking differently, why and the port side changes depending on the season, time and weather conditions.
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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.