Category: Discover

Tombs of the Venizelos family

One of the most popular locations with panoramic views on Chania, are the tombs of the Venizelos family, a few miles east of the town, by the road leading to the Verde and the airport. Here are the graves of the famous Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos and his son Sophocles Venizelos, besides the little church […]

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Municipal Market

Municipal Market of Chania The Market of Chania was built in 1911 on the remains of the bastion Piatta Forma. Until the early 20’s, several shops were located in groups at various places, causing serious problems to the crowded old town of Chania. Thus in 1908 the City Council decided to construct tha Market according […]

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The Wall

The wall forms a rectangle, parallel to the beach, reinforced on four sides by heart- shaped bastions (Baloardi) and smaller intermediate bastions as well (Canalieri). Another greater bastion strengthens the middle of the fragile southern segment (Cortina)with two other small bastions (Cavalierotti). The main gate of the city was on the south side, in the […]

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Venetian Harbour Chania

The Venetian port of Chania is a real jewel of the city that makes a great impression to all visitors, built by the Venetians to protect the city from pirate raids. Its construction must have began around sto1320, and lasted about 300 years! Around 1526 the Venetians began to expand its existing shipyards, which were […]

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Mosque of the Janissaries

The Mosque of Hasan Kucuk or Yali Jamisi is a jewel of Islamic art of the Renaissance and stands out for its oddity: it is the only remaining mosque in the city dated back to the second half of the 17th century. It was built in honor of the first garrison commander of Chania Küçük […]

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Aptera

The Aptera was one of the major cities – states of Crete. Already mentioned in the Linear B tablets (14th – 13th century BC.) managed to live up to the seventh century. AD, when destroyed by a powerful earthquake while Saracins attacked. The excellent position on the extensive plateau of the hill that dominates the […]

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Castle Gramvousa

The famous castle Gramvousa was built by the Venetians between 1579 and 1583, at the highest point of the island, on top of a steep cliff of 137 meters. The castle is surrounded by a wall 272 meters long, to the point that the cliff does not offer a natural fortification. It was destroyed in […]

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Balos

Beach berm: Sand Seafloor: Sand Water rating: 5/5 about Access: Poor = Accessible by car, poor road, plus a long walk or climb Boat = Accessible by boat only Reaching Balos beach requires an act of pilgrimage, as it is fitting for such a fine landscape. You can drive to it via a very rough dirt road […]

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