The Old Town of Chania, in the northwest area of Crete, is one of the most beautiful places in Greece. Distinctive for its vibrant atmosphere and multicultural identity, this picturesque seaside town of Chania acts as a well-preserved historical center as well as a modern city. It can act as an ideal starting point for your vacation in western Crete, hosting some of the most photogenic landmarks on the island. Here are all the things to do in Chania Old Town if you are a newcomer.
Enjoy the cosmopolitan life of the old harbor
The old Venetian harbor, with the iconic lighthouse, the Mosque of the Janissaries and the Firkas fortress, are the most characteristic landmarks of the old town. It was once a prosperous port with major ship traffic, sailors, fishermen and merchants, and now, without losing any of its previous charm, it has transformed into a buzzling touristic destination with numerous coffee shops, tavernas, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops.
Admire the architectural amalgam of the Venetian, Ottoman and Neoclassical styles of the city that majestically embraces it and enjoy the cosmopolitan vibes for some pure Cretan fun. We suggest you visit between sunset and night time to capture magical shots of the general area, after your history tours or before your memorable night out.
Shop local products at the Municipal Market
This is the place to be acquainted with the island’s traditional gastronomy, as it features a large variety of local products being widely sold across the array of market stalls. Apart from Chania’s Municipal Market, it is also referred to locally as the ‘Dimotiki Agora’. Around it you can find large, historic buildings and houses providing you with all the authentic staples of the Cretan diet, which is perceived as one of the healthiest in the world. This is where the beating heart of the city lies, as both locals and visitors come to procure the most fresh ingredients and key essentials for the preparation of delicious Cretan meals. You can even procure local products like honey, cheese, bread, herbs, olive oil, snails, and fresh vegetables in a few selected shops.
Stroll around the Old Town
The Old Town of Chania is clearly the most picturesque place in all of town. Take a stroll during the day and wander around the quaint alleys adorned with romantic buildings of the old Venetian architecture, as well as countless little shops of local crafts and lovely items to take back with you as souvenirs. Discover every nook and cranny until you are hungry, and then choose one of the numerous fish restaurants or tavernas to indulge in the local gastronomy and refuel for the rest of the day.
A stone's throw from the Old Town you will find Samaria Hotel, an excellent example of the contemporary side of the city, with modern luxury rooms and the best location to set as your base for exploring the surrounding areas and main attractions.
Be pleasantly surprised as you will soon realize there are so many things to do in Chania Old Town and they never get old.