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Nov 26, 2020 - Thu
Chania GR
Wind 13 km/h, NNE
Pressure 1.01 atm
13°C
broken clouds
Humidity 82%
Clouds 75%
Day Cond. Temp. Wind Humidity PressurePres.
fri nov 27
16°C /14°C 13 km/h, NNE 70% 1.01 atm
sat nov 28
17°C /13°C 4 km/h, S 63% 1.01 atm
sun nov 29
18°C /14°C 5 km/h, SSE 70% 1 atm
mon nov 30
18°C /15°C 7 km/h, S 65% 1 atm
tue dec 1
15°C /13°C 6 km/h, WNW 79% 1 atm

Country

Greece

Passport Validity

Six months of remaining validity recommended.

Visa Requirements

Not required if you have European passport

Language Spoken

Greek - English

Currency Used

Euro

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Travel Guide `
Travel Experience
A Paradise for the Senses

Discover

The City of Chania

Chania is a place where different civilizations have flourished throughout the centuries. Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the churches, will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments.

The city of Chania is built on the area of Minoan Kidonia, and it was the former capital city of Crete. Nowadays, it is the second largest city of Crete after Heraklion. However, Chania is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Greece and a paradise for food lovers. Get familiar with the city by strolling around its streets, visiting its museums and admiring the different architectural styles that present the historical route of the city.

History

History

The old town is built around the Venetian port and is also a relatively integral area where Venetian buildings, and later Turkish elements, compose a unique architectural style. Due to the historic center of Chania with its Venetian walls defining the borders between the old and new city, the city has been pronounced as preserved. It consists of five connected districts surrounding the Venetian port. Its design was made by Venetian engineer, Michelle Sammichelli.

The Lighthouse, built in 1570 by the Venetians and reconstructed in 1830 by the Egyptians, is located at the end of the rock, protecting the port from the north. On the east of the old town, there is the Splantzia district built on the former Turkish district. Here you will see the only Orthodox Church that had the permission to operate during the period of the Venetian and Turkish occupancy. You will also see the Fountain Square.

Landmarks

Hebrew District

On the southeast of the old city lies the Hebrew district, which reflects the times when the Hebrew community of Chania was obliged by the Venetians to move to a delimitated area called Judeca, where two synagogues were operating. Pretty close to that, you will find the Folklore Museum of Chania and Saint Francisco church which houses the city’s Archeological Museum. Also, do not miss the famous Stivanadika, where the Cretan boot-makers workshops are located. Stivania is the boots worn as a part of the traditional Cretan men’s costume. Today this street is full of souvenir shops as well as shops selling local leather goods.

Culture

Unique Experiences – Hiking at the Gorge of Samaria

The Gorge of Samaria is situated in the National park of Samaria, in the White Mountains in West Crete. This majestic gorge is considered one of the great attractions of Crete and many tourists want to visit it. But it is a (5 to 7 hours) walk on rough terrain, so you will need to have a certain degree of fitness and walking experience to enjoy it.

Getting There

Getting There

BY AIRPLANE – Chania Airport is connected with regular domestic flights with the main airports of Greece. The flight from Athens lasts about 50-55 minutes, and the airport is located at 14km from the city of Chania.

BY FERRY – Chania is connected daily to the port of Piraeus. The trip takes around 8 hrs. The port of Chania is in the Souda area, about 10km from the town of Chania.