Chania

The town of Chania stands out for its beauty and nobility. Chania is divided into the old and the modern town. The modern town is a contemporary urban city with all the comforts and features of a big city. Nevertheless, an experienced traveller can always detect traces of the old aristocratic atmosphere of the town. When walking in the picturesque alleys of the old town and observing the architecture, one notices all the traces of the civilisations that influenced the history and culture of people. A stroll in the town of Chania is like a fairy tale. Each corner of the street reveals another historic element of the town and another hero awaits you to move on and find out more about this town.

The old town of Chania is built around the Castelli hill and above the old ruins of the Minoan Kydonia. Historical neighbourhoods where people of different nationality, culture and religion lived are all over the old town. What these people left behind gave Chania very rare features. The neighbourhood Topanas, located on the North part of Chania used to be the most posh area during the Ottoman occupation. Walking there, you can see the old Venetian mansions and Turkish houses. The Fortress of Firkas is located there and in the nearby neighbourhood you will find shops with traditional weavings and folk arts and crafts. Another very interesting neighbourhood is the Jewish one. The Synagogue, the church of St. Francis and the archaeological museum of Chania are all in this area. Next, is the Sintrivani area (Fountain), named after the water fountain the Turks had made there. A very characteristic building there is the mosque of Hasan Pasha and opposite this you can admire the imposing Venetian lighthouse. The neighbourhood Castelli is on the east side of the old harbour. There lies the acropolis of ancient Kydonia. The archaeological excavations show that this area had been inhabited consequently since the Minoan era. Near Castelli you will find the Turkish neighbourhood of Splatzia. There one sees the unique church of Saint Nicolas with a minaret and a steeple, one next to the other, as well as the historic church of St. Roccos.

Outside the walls of the old town, to the east you will find the historic area of Koum-Kapi. There in the 18th century, Bedouin workers developed a small village. Nowadays, the area is one of the most popular hanging-out places for young people. Moving on to the east, you see the area of Halepa, one of the most important monuments of recent Greek history, the House of El.Venizelos and the palace of prince George.

The town of Chania is undoubtedly very interesting. Not only for the historical spots but also for the variety of choices in entertainment and activities one can do. Whatever you wish for from theatre, live traditional music or dance clubs to peaceful natural resorts, you can all find it in Chania.