The Old Town of Chania in Crete

Chania is the second-largest city on Crete and capital of its homonymous prefecture. Situated in the southwest region, this mild city features picturesque seaside locations as well as its own maritime museum housed within a castle as well as an archeological museum that sits within an old Venetian monastery.

Over its long history, Crete was home to various cultures from Minoans and Venetians through Ottomans and Neoclassical influences – from Minoans, Venetians and Ottomans. Each civilization left behind impressive structures and artifacts which still stand today – take a stroll through Old Town and admire its blend of Venetian, Ottoman and Neoclassical influences!

Chania’s main draw is its Old Venetian Harbour with its iconic lighthouse and picturesque waterfront, lined by restaurants and cafes that serve delicious Greek cuisine.

Church of Saint Nicolas with its stunning neoclassical facade and interior is another must-see attraction, while other noteworthy spots include Jewish district and Grand Arsenal which have both been preserved in their original condition.

Looking for souvenirs in the old town is easy: there are many shops selling handmade goods. Choose from traditional woven rugs (known as tsevredes) or Cretan silk or woolen embroideries as well as handcrafted glass, wood, wrought iron, ceramic and handmade pieces made by local people such as their engraved Cretan couplets – there is something here for every budget and taste!