Chania's old Venetian harbor is very popular among tourists, and a must visit for any traveler. Located at Agiou Markou 8, this port is easily reachable. The port is ancient and vintage, built in between 1320 and 1356 by Venetians. There is an Egyptian lighthouse on this port which makes their harbor highly popular among other ports. Also, this port is bigger concerning the area. This port was a big point for trade in ancient times when the place was under the Venetian and Turkish rule. Crete is very safe for tourists and visitors, locals from here often leave their houses and cars unlocked.
The vintage Greek Port - Chania Old Venetian Harbor
1. Walk Through Old Harbour
With wooden fishing boats and lined seafood cafés and eateries, this old harbor buzzes with tourists and locals in summer, and gets filled by dusk. This harbor has monuments like an ancient Turkish Mosque, Vintage Venetians Arsenals and a beautiful lighthouse standing erect on the shore of deep water. The breakwater guards this coast.
This museum showcases, Crete's hundreds year old relationship with the sea, starting from the Minoans to the Byzantine, Turkish and Venetian periods, with a glimpse of the German attack on the island during World War-II. The museum has many nautical and naval tools and pieces of equipment which were used in ancient times. The building in which this museum is located was an ancient red building used by Venetians as a prison. Museum remains open daily from 9 am– 4 pm in April to October and from 9 am– 2 pm in November–March. Entry ticket for an adult is €2 (2 euro), for students, it is €1 (1 euro) and children less than six years of age have free entry.
3. Sight Seeing
The hilly peninsula of Akrotiri is 10 kilometers far in the east direction of Chania. Here, lies three monasteries among which first is, Agia Triada, which was founded in 1612 and has beautiful orange orchards and olive groves. Centre of this monastery has a beautiful church and secluded courtyard. One can buy fresh olive oil here, prepared by the monks. At a few meter distance lies fortress-like Gouverneto, discovered in 1537. From Gouverneto, a footpath leads to Arkoudiospilia (Bear Cave), under 140 steps to Katholiko, which is an abandoned 6th-century monastery, interestingly built in a cliff face. Near to these monasteries lies, Stavros Bay where tourists like to swim and relax on its sandy beach.
How to Get Tickets?
No ticket is required to step on the harbor and beach, though if you are going to visit museums or any other monuments, then you have to spend some Euros, as they have their ticketing system.
How To Get Around?
Best option to explore the harbor and old town of Chania is by walking, though one can go for bicycle and mopeds. Another comfortable way is to hire a horse buggy or chariot from popular Mosque of Giali Tzamissi ( Sea-side mosque).
What Should I Wear?
Most tourists prefer to wear jeans, tees, and tops. They avoid wearing shorts and skirts as it's not perfect after sunset. Go for trousers and pants instead.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Chania harbor is between May to October, when the weather remains sunny and appropriate for swimming.
Will I Need a Guide?
It is advised to hire one, as the place holds vintage info, a guide will help you in knowing the facts and history and will also show you the correct way to explore more and more as per your travel duration. Try to hire from Govt. Authorities or reliable sources.
How To Get There?
There are various ways through which one can land on Chania's old harbor. The city has its own Chania International Airport which connects from all major cities of Greece and other countries. Other options are to hire a taxi or rent a car. There is also a ferry service from Athens to Chania. Try to choose among the given options and not from the public bus as it runs on its fixed time and has a fixed timetable.
Though the harbor has many conservative outlets for food and eateries and hotels, as per a random statistics, one would have to spend around 50-55 Euro per day in Crete including your traveling, food and stay. Prices may change as per the requirements and lifestyle.