No vacation in Crete is complete without visiting the Venetian Old Harbour of Chania, the gemstone on the most priceless jewel of western Crete, which never cease to amaze its visitors! The quay is the busiest part of the old town of Chania and is filled with cafes, restaurants, tavernas serving local delicacies, bars, pastry stores and art shops as well as monuments referring to various historical periods.
We start our walk on the waterfront of the old harbor, on its western side, from the walls of the Venetian fortress which once housed the naval guard of the Venetians in Crete and today is home of the Maritime Museum of Crete. We will continue through the tiny, labyrinth-like alleyways dating from different periods, a mix of Cretan, Venetian and Ottoman elements, with old buildings transformed into small hotels and shops.
Our stroll will lead us through several shopping streets with excellent hand made items and local crafts, from ceramics to jewellery or olive wood products. We will also encounter archeological excavations, evidence that the city is built on the site of an important ancient Cretan place called “Kydonia”.
The beautiful Chania old port lighthouse was built by the Venetians and rebuilt by the Egyptians in the early 19th century, taking the shape of a minaret.
After the walk we will enjoy a lavish dinner at one of the best taverna on the seafront, in a dramatic sunset scenery overlooking the port lighthouse and the glorious harbour!
An array of exquisite Cretan dishes of seafood, meats and local delicacies will keep flowing while you enjoy the view and sip a chilled glass of wine, chatting away with friends and watching the world go by.
Trip duration: 6 hours