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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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  • For the first time in this city I was fascinated by the beauty, tranquility, harmony, find the right balance between the things, clean and welcoming offers the best of themselves in the old port area, a must see!
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  • September 2015 this port is not very big, he has kept his Venetian influence. Today he has lost his interest in maritime transport as modern ships are too big to use its infrastructure. On these docks are very many restaurants and all around the picturesque neighborhoods such as Topanas lacking charm
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  • Its nothing fancy, the walk is beautiful but just that. You could sit at one of the restaurants enjoy Fredo and take in the view  more »
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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.