Chania City

Chania Crete- capital of Chania Crete

Chania is considered to be the most poetic city of Crete; when you walk through it, it leaves you with a pleasant taste of beauty.

Built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia, it has seen and survived many invaders, but has also tasted civilizations that left their marks on building faces, castles, walls, antiquities, monasteries and churches.

Chania Map

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The city has two entrances: the airport of Akrotiri and the port of Souda (the largest in the Mediterranean).

The public market holds a master place in the centre of the city, a brilliant cross-shaped building that was completed in 1913, and in proportion with the one in Marseilles.

Near the city centre, the Public Garden awaits you next to the "Peace and Friendship of the people" park.


The gardens are the prettiest in Crete and also feature a small zoo with animals from the Cretan fauna. Chania's Venetian port, picturesque at any time and season, is attractive to visitors and locals for its beauty and for it's choices of entertainment for all tastes and demands.

Old HarborJanissaries MosqueHorse CoachOld Harbour

The old city "intramural" districts preserve their Venetian nobility; narrow paved alleys which are surrounded by tastefully renewed houses from various ages, offer themselves for a pleasant walk. Many neoclassic houses are also saved in districts which "neighbour" with the city of Chania, like Halepa.

MinaretColorful AlleyOld ChaniaLighthouse

The Venetian and Turkish buildings of Chania, historical and architectural gems, might forever keep the secrets of a major Minoan city lying underneath.

Ancient Kydonias'a importance is shown by the discovery of Linear B tablets dating from 1300 BC, which suggests a major administrative centre (similar tablets have been found only in Knossos, Pylos, Tirnys, Mycenae and Thebes). Among the most important finds is a subterranean sanctuary with a lustral basin.

Chania Crete Video

Chania Old Town Video