Chania Old Town is an ideal holiday destination. This charming area has a mix of history and culture, where Venetian and Greek influences can be seen throughout the Old Town of Chania. You can wander the streets and see the different influences at every turn. The history of Chania Old Town is shown through the architecture, with Venetian mansions, and Greek Orthodox churches. In contrast, bars, restaurants and shops add an element of modernity to Chania.

Chania Old Town Crete is the ideal spot if you’re looking for a summer holiday with historical significance. Join us as we discover all the best places to see and visit while visiting Chania on the island of Crete.

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Historical landmarks in Chania Old Town

Exploring Chania, you will come across many diverse landmarks, each providing a deeper understanding of Chania Old Town’s cultural heritage. Each site reflects a civilization that has influenced Crete. From Venetian rule, Turkish occupation, Armenian settlers and modern Greek culture. Visiting these sites will give you a better understanding of this interesting island.

The Chania Archaeological Museum

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Located in the former Venetian Monastery of Saint Francis, the Chania Archaeological Museum is a must-visit. The museum is home to a large collection of artefacts ranging from the Neolithic period to the Roman era. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The entrance fee is €4 for adults and only €2 for students and seniors.

Firkas Fortress

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At the Venetian Harbour, you can find the Firkas Fortress. It was built in the early 17th century by the Venetians and is now the Maritime Museum of Crete. This museum takes you through Crete’s naval history, featuring models of ships, historical photographs, and nautical instruments. Open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM; closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are €3 for entry.

The Etz Hayyim Synagogue

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This is a truly unique place in Chania as it is the only one left in Crete. The synagogue dates back to the 15th century and was part of the old Jewish quarter called Evraiki. You can visit Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is no admission fee to enter.

St. Nicholas Church

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This church is located in a small village about 14 kilometres from Chania Old Town. It gets its name from the Armenian settlers that lived here and is worth visiting because St. Nicholas Church is a beautiful example of Greek Orthodox architecture that dates back to the 14th century. The surrounding village of Armeni is worth wandering around as it’s deemed a paradise by many with its large trees and quaint shops and taverns. St. Nicolas is open daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Exploring the Venetian Harbour in Chania Old Town

The Venetian Harbour is an iconic monument in Chania Old Town. Within the harbour, you can see the Venetian Lighthouse, which is like a symbol for the city of Chania. We suggest that you take the time to walk around and explore this area at your own pace. Visit the nearby Grand Arsenal, which was once a Venetian shipyard, but now is used as a cultural centre for events and exhibitions. The harbour’s promenade is picturesque and a great place to stroll in the early evening.

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can also take a boat tour of the harbour area.

The best places to eat in Chania Old Town

There is no better way than to become familiar with Chania than to taste the local food. Here are some Chania Old Town restaurants that we recommend:

Local tavernas and seafood restaurants

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For a taste of authentic Cretan cuisine, try To Maridaki for fresh seafood. It isn’t a fancy spot, but loved by locals and ideal for a quick bite. If you’re in the mood for Greek food, then Apostolis is the place to be. It is a traditional Greek Tavern that offers local Cretan dishes.

Modern eateries and bistros

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If you’re in the mood for modern dishes or fashion, then we suggest trying Pallas. This restaurant has 3 different dining areas, including a terrace, indoor dining room and balcony. Ginger Concept is another great choice, ideal for a romantic night out. The restaurant is located in the back allys of Chania Old Town and offers fresh meals.

Street food and markets

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If you are into local ingredients, then you don’t want to miss out on the Municipal Market of Chania. Many local vendors sell Creten staples such as bougatsa (a sweet or savoury pastry), kalitsounia (Cretan cheese pies), and souvlaki (grilled meat skewers). It’s a great spot to experience the vibrant food culture of Chania Old Town.

Secrets of Chania Old Town

If you’re planning a holiday in Chania Old Town, these underrated spots are a must-do!

You have to check out Splantzia Square. It’s a lesser-known spot of the old Turkish quarter. There are fewer crowds here compared to the other larger squares and perfect for having a coffee and relaxing. For a bit of adventure, you can explore the underground tunnels and secret passages that are beneath the town. These tunnels each have their history and uses, but not all of them are open to the public. Finally, make sure to visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral located in Athinagora Square in the Old Town Chania.

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Shopping in Chania Old Town

Old Town Chania is a great place for souvenir shopping and to buy leather goods. Skridlof Street is where you can find a wide range of high-quality leather goods, like bags, belts, and even footwear. If you prefer to buy a little keepsake from Chania, many small shops and boutiques are selling homemade ceramics, jewellery and textiles. Popular items that are traditional from Crete are knives, olive oil and honey.

Visit Chania Old Town for an unforgettable experience!

There is so much to see and do in Crete apart from the beach. Old Town Chania is a wonderful place for all travellers who want to explore Greek culture, cuisine and its history. Don’t wait any longer! Plan your visit to Chania Old Town Crete today with Oreo Travel and take advantage of all the special accommodations available in Chania and on the island. Don’t miss out on the adventure, history, and beauty that await you in Chania Old Town!