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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  • A ride in the past. Great spot with magnificent views. Certainly point that who is visiting the old city of Chania you should visit.
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  • Here, there was much to see. historic buildings and Magnificent old pleasant promenade along the harbour. The Lighthouse is a special landmark.
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  • Early March pleasantly empty. in the early evening at sunset very nice from the walk-in harbour walls to look at. The port itself consists of only restaurants in which a hordes by luring an employee want to into tug. Along stroll once is enough, but then In the evening light from the other side of the Sea (from the lighthouse) work on leave.
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  • My husband and I love this area. Next time we come to Crete we want to stay right here. We were at a hotel about a mile away. But we walked here every day. It's stunningly beautiful with a mix of clear clean ocean harbor, great restaurants and shopping and stray cats and dogs that adopt visitors. I had cats sitting on my purse during lunch and dogs following us around being adorable.
  • The most amazing place to visit. Night time the sea front cones alive, restaurants and eateries galore. The walk along the old wall to the lighthouse is well worth doing. We were there in October and there was still plenty happening. As two women on our own, we did not feel the slightest bit threatened. Chania is a fantastic place, lots of very narrow streets, and shops and stall
  • A quiet round in march Just take a walk around. Definitely something to see there. Beautiful. You can also eat there...nevertheless the scenery is good but the restaurants look as everywhere in such places - made for tourists. ..for many tourists. If they would be the best i could not say as i haven't been inside in none .
  • The most visited street in the heart of Chania. You can see from there the whole bay and the lighthouse on the other part. Suggested also on winter time with windy conditions. Good spot to take photos of the wild waves coming up to the lighthouse.
  • One of the highlights of visiting Crete, Chania harbour is at the heart of the old town. There's plenty to see, both around the harbour and in almost any of the streets of the old town. Shops come and go but it is worth mentioning Leather Lane (actually Skridlof), where there's a vast array of shoes, leather bags and belts and the like. For restaurants I'd recommend stepping back a street or two from the waterfront, as those around the harbour are extremely busy in season.
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