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.
Old Venetian Harbor Reviews
We walked around the harbour and some of the side streets, the fort and peeked into the maritime museum, all very tourist focused of course. We took a horse and carriage ride around as well which was ... more »
Very historic with great views from the walls. Loved watching the fishermen as usual repairing their nets. Great to see the absolutely enormous turtles bobbing around their boats. There was a lovely e... more »
Beautiful Venetian harbour in Chania. Nice relaxed atmosphere with oodles of bars and restaurants. Some very nice seafood restaurants and there is never any real hard sell to spoil your stroll. Lots of cute shops selling the usual tourist items but they are quaint and airy and the shopkeepers genuinely friendly. Lovely in the evening.
This is a unique harbour. From the inside you get a view of so much different type of buildings throughout the history of the port. The light house is super far walk which we didn’t do because there was no shade and it was just under a million degrees outside :) there are a lot of restaurants trying to get you to enter and tour sales. We just kept walking along and saw a massive sea turtle.
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