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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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  • The ride there you do not want to over ... plenty of magia this the faros menei forever in your mind charagmenos ...
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  • It's well wander the evening and dine in restaurants nestled at the bottom of the alleys. Go to the lighthouse for a broad view of the port.
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  • If you made it through the crowd, one comes to this gem: the Venetian Harbour is really a visit value only for the Nice pubs that there are!
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There aren't a lot of shops around the water front but the entrance to the harbor is spectacular
  • Niece place to visit. In the harbour restaurants are excpensive, inner the city you will find more intiment and cheaper ones.
  • 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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