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Welcome to Chania,
a heavenly and pure land brimming with natural beauty, history, memories and culture.
The city of Chania is built - according to the archaeological research - on the ruins of ancient Kydonia, which according to mythology was founded by king Kydon and was one of the most important cities Of Crete, as Homer mentioned, whereas Kydonians are supposed to be a pre-Hellenic tribe. Chania is a wonderful mixture result of Eastern and Western civilizations.
During the ancient period (3.000-2.800 B.C.),as well as the modern world history, the old harbour was used by the ancient Minoans, as a crossroad of all five Continents. Τhis harbour hosted ancient Kydonia one of the most important cities of ancient Crete, to the late 7th century A.D., while it was conquered many times during the past by Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, etc, till the end of the 19th century, when it was liberated.
Finally, Chania – as well as the rest of Crete - was united with the rest of Greece in 1913 with the significant help of the Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos.
Chania is a crossroad of religion and civilization, offering fascinating historical and natural attractions. Sandy beaches, imposing mountains, Impenetrable gorges, holy caves, blessed rivers and lush, green plains thickly covered with olive and citrus trees.
In Chania passengers can visit many places of cultural interest such as museums and historical sites, many monasteries and old forts.
Archaeological sites and historical monuments
•Ancient Kydonia (Proto-Minoan settlement of Kasteli),"Kasteli" hill and "Splanzia" district, old city of Chania.
•Ancient Aptera, Area of Soudas Megala Chorafia Tel: +30 28210 44418 &+30 28210 94487.Working hours:08:00-15:00 (except Monday).
•Center of Mediterranean Architecture (Grand Arsenal), Defkalionos Street, Venetian Port of Chania,Tel.: +30 28210 40201, Working hours: 08:00-15:00
•Firka Fortress, AktiKountourioti, Venetian Port of Chania.
Tel.:+30 28210 91875Working hours: Daily 9:00 - 14:00 (01/11 - 31/03) and Daily 09:00 - 19:00 (01/04 - 31/10)
•Gate and Rampart Sabbionara, Epimenidou side road, Old City of Chania.
•Venetian Neoria, Venetian Port of Chania
•GialiTzamisi, AktiTompazi, Venetian Port of Chania
•The Egyptian Lighthouse, Venetian Port of Chania
•The Minaret of Agios Nikolaos, Splantzia Square, Chania
•The Municipal Market, SofokliVenizelou Square, Chania
•The graves of Venizelos family.ProfitisIlias, Akrotiri.
•Archaeological Museum of Chania, 25 Halidon str., Τel.: +30 28210 90334. open: 08:30-15;00 (except Monday).
•Naval Museum of Crete, Chania, AktiKoundourioti, Venetian Harbour, Τel.: +30 28210 91875 and +30 28210 74484, οpen: 09:00-16:00 (01/4-31/10), 09:00-14:00 (01/11-31/03).
•Μinoan Ship, Moro dock, Venetian Harbour., Τel.: +30 28210 91875, οpen: Μay-October Monday-Friday 10:00-15:00 & 19:00-22:30 (except public holidays)
•Folklore Museum, Gavalochori, Apokoronas, Tel.: +30 28250 23222.
•Byzantine collection, 78 Theotokopoulou str., Chania, Τel.: +30 28210 96046, οpen: 8:30-15:00 (except Monday).
•Ekklesiastic Museum, Monastery of Holy Trinity of Tzagarolon, Αkrotiri, Τel.: +30 28210 63310, open: 08:00-20:00.
•Ekklesiastic Museum, Gouverneto Monastery, Αkrotiri, Τel.: +30 28210 63319.
•Ekklesiastic Museum, Monastery of Chrissopigi, Chania, Τel.: +30 28210 91125
•Chemistry Museum, Chania, 34c Eleftherios Venizelos str., Τel.: +30 28210 42504, οpen: 09:00-13:00 (except Saturday & Sunday).
•Typography Museum, VIOPA, Souda, Τel.: +30 28210 51003, οpen: 10:00-18:00
•House of Eleftherios Venizelos, Elena Venizelousqr., Halepa, Chania (Eleftherios K. Venizelos Foundation), Τel.: +30 28210 56008.
•Centre of Mediterranean Architecture, 31 ΑktiTombazi, Chania, Venetian Harbour. Tel.: +30 28210 40101, +30 28210 40201.
•Municipal Art Gallery, 98 Halidon str., Chania, Tel.: +30 28210 92294, +30 28210 92419.
•Arts & Crafts Village, VIOPA, Souda,Τel.: +30 28210 80132, +30 28210 81410, open: 10:00-14:30.
•School Life Museum, Νerokourou,Τel.: +30 28210 74764, open: Monday-Friday 9.00-13.30, Monday & Wednesday 18:00-20:30, Saturday 10:00-13:00.
•Archaeological Museum of Kissamos, Kissamos,Τel.: +30 28220 83308, open: 08:30-15:00 (except Monday).
Churches and Monasteries
•AgiaTriadaTsagkarolon Monastery, Akrotiri.
•Gouverneto Monastery or Lady of Angels Akrotiri.
•Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos at Korakies, Akrotiri .
•Monastery of Chrysopigi , Eleftheriou Venizelou.
•Cathedral of Eisodion of Theotoko (Halidon Street).
•Church of Agios Nikolaos (Splantzia Square).
Chania is famous for its wonderful beaches with golden sand and crystal-clear blue waters. The visitor can find in Chania well organized beaches with sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports, restaurants, taverns and cafe-bars, which provide high quality services or can discover the pure, unexplored beaches.
Near the port of Souda and Chania there are several beaches awarded with the Blue Flag, while there are countless others, organized or not.
The organized beaches in the Municipality of Chania stretch up to about 10 km. The most popular beaches in the area are Agioi Apostoli, Agia Marina, Kalathas, Kalamaki, Marathi, Nea Chora, Stavros, Chrissi Akti, Kalives, etc
A few kilometers away are the famous beaches of Elafonisi with the unique color of the sand and the lagoon of Balos with its unique natural beautiful landscape.
Visitors can taste the famous Cretan cuisine based on the local olive oil.
From Chania they can visit the nearby historical town of Rethymno or villages of Apokorona. Also they can travel south to see the world’s famous Samaria Gorge or Sfakia, a small village in a spectacular natural sightseeing. Other destinations to visit are small towns nearby as Kolymbari, Kissamos, etc."