This is the second largest town on the island and is a perfect blend of old and new. The new areas of Chania have grown around the old town and many international chains of shops can be found. The biggest draw however is the maze of narrow streets where artisans rub shoulders with traditional craftsmen. Some of the old Venetian houses have been converted into hotels and pensions which are situated close to the Venetian harbour. On the east side of the harbour, the last remaining Venetian shipyards can be seen although not in their original state as the quay was constructed in the early part of 20th century preventing ships from entering. A Turkish Mosque which was built in the first half of 17th century sits on the east side of the harbour and is used for various exhibitions.
The vast array of restaurants and tavernas reflect the influences of the occupiers, particularly the Turks in the foods they serve. Take time to peruse the menus outside the establishments – you won’t be disappointed.