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The picturesque Chania is the former capital of the island and nowadays the second largest city in Crete. The old town and the Venetian Harbour are giving to Chania a very unique Venetian character. The visitors of Chania are attracted by the beauty of the scenic narrow streets, the imposing lighthouse at the entrance of the small harbor and all the amazing monuments which create all together  the magic of Chania.
The Chania downtown is divided to the new and old part and the actual city center is quite small. Modern shops and most of the services (like banks, bus stations and offices) are found from the newer part where most of the shops are following the traditional Greek opening hours (open Mon-Sat 9-14 and Tue, Thu and Fri 17-21). Most of the restaurants and cafeterias are located in the older part where the shops have usually longer opening hours as well.

Chania is vivid all year around but especially during the summer months you will find nice small events and  happenings as well as live music in some restaurants. Sit down in one of the cafeterias in the harbour, visit the street market “laiki” to feel the local atmosphere or enjoy the warm summer night in the open air cinema… 

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Halidon Street


From the Taxi Square or the 1866 Squar starts the HalidonStreet that takes you down to the Ventian Harbour of Chania

Chania Market Hall











Old Part of Chania


Inside of the big stone walls of Chania you will find the Old part of Chania Town. With its beauty from the...



Chania Harbour...

Leather Street


If you take off at Halidon street first small street to the left you can find the famous and well visited Leather Street.









Historical Sights


At many places in Chania town you can find...










Chania Busstaion, so called KTEL is situated very central, just beside Samaria Hotel. You can find busses to all destination in Crete from there and daily routs.




The “Laiki” or the true Cretan Farmers outdoor market is something that is worth a visit. It is a market that movies around in the city. On Saturdays its at street Minoos Str, Chania Town. On Mondays its at Giampoudaki, just behind the courthouse and Wednesday at street  Manousogiannakidon and on Thursdays its in Nea Chora close to the beach. It's very easy to go there by feet or bus. At the Laiki you will find the very best fruits and vegetables straight from small farmers yard. Beautiful flower, fresh fish, mountain greens and other local products. The market also has shoes, clothes and bags among with lots of other things. The atmosphere is wonderful and we recommend a visit to this local experience. Opening hours are 8.00-14.00.


Tzanakakis and Demokratias 


The two very big shopping streets are...









Chania church is Mitropolitan and is at the Halidon Street. 

Chania Map