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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  • Highlight of our trip to Crete. In our opinion, puts Venice in its little pocket. Yes, it's touristy but beautiful & unique shops in narrow, charming alleys. Good selection of eateries to suit all... 
    Highlight of our trip to Crete. In our opinion, puts Venice in its little pocket. Yes, it's touristy but beautiful & unique shops in narrow, charming alleys. Good selection of eateries to suit all...  more »
  • Went there on Sunday and everything was open. Outside the old city stores are closed but if you are interested in the old town there is no reason to skip it ok Sunday. It was crowded but not... 
    Went there on Sunday and everything was open. Outside the old city stores are closed but if you are interested in the old town there is no reason to skip it ok Sunday. It was crowded but not...  more »
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  • This is the best place in Crete for walks at night. It has everything, restaurants, shows, ambiance, romance, and, certainly beauty! I have been coming to Crete for the last 35 years, and I can assure you that I know every corner, every nook of this island. This is the best place to be. If you have a significant other, it's even better. Walk the entire port and the old Town. Allow ample time and wear comfortable shoes. If you get tired, settle in any restaurant. There is so much competition which makes every place good and a unique place to eat. Some offer more than others. You can't go wrong. Usually, you leave your heart there and you return after few years later to reclaim it, but, you leave your heart there again.
  • Chania is one of my favorite cities in Crete. It has beautiful, clean streets, awesome shops and restaurants, and one of the most picturesque harbors I have ever seen. Make sure you get a chance to walk the harbor at night, it is absolutely stunning. During the day the local beaches are very nice. If you are in Crete do your best to see Chania, you'll love it

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