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Chania

Chania, the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit,
makes the ideal base to explore gorgeous beaches, mountain villages and the hiking trails of Western Crete.
It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 mi) west of Heraklion.

The city of Chania can be divided into two parts: the old town and the modern city which is the larger one.
The old town is situated next to the old harbour and is the matrix around which the whole urban area was developed.
It used to be surrounded by the old Venetian fortifications that started to be built in 1538; of them the eastern and western parts have survived.
From the south, the old town is continuous with the new,
and from the north the physical border is the sea.
The centre of the modern city is the area extending next to the old town
and especially towards the south.
Chania is also characterized by a rich cultural life with yearly festivities,
music festivals and galleries that are home to all kinds of art.

The Venetian port provides pleasant promenades and attracts many visitors throughout the year with many seafront bars and restaurants.
The districts of the city outside the walls still preserve the architectural style of their Venetian nobility.
Narrow passages surrounded by elegant houses from various periods abound.

The old town

Despite being heavily bombed during World War II, Chania’s Old Town is considered the most beautiful urban district on Crete,
especially the crumbling Venetian harbour. 
The central part of the old town is named Kasteli and has been inhabited since Neolithic times. It is located on a small hill right next to the seafront and has always been the ideal place for a settlement
due to its secure position, its location next to the harbour and its proximity to the fertile valley in the south.
Nowadays it is a bit more quiet than the neighbouring areas of the west part of the district.
The Splantzia quarter (next to the east part of Kasteli) is also largely untouched and very atmospheric.

The beautiful city of Chania has preserved its original colours and historical character, throughout time. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Greece and the most picturesque city of Crete.

The Venetian, Turkish and modern architectures all combine harmoniously to create a unique attraction for visitors. The town also features archaeological sites, temples, and numerous cultural attractions.