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Things to do in Chania

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Harbour / Marina
“The old Venetian Harbour in Chania is a must. It´s a place with a unique atmosphere with it´s tavernas like pearls on a string. They are very eager to have you come in, so take it easy and try to resist as long as possible and enjoy the sight. The tavernas here are quite expensive after Greek standard. We use to drink a cup of coffee here and a raki just to enjoy the atmosphere and all the turists, but if we want to eat we continue around the bow and pass the mosque and pass the rich peoples yachts until a road is going up among the old warehouses to the right. At the bootom of this road to the left we look for the street called Kaligon and here at the back you will find a genuine Greek taverna called DOLOMA. Very friendly people, and you choose your own food from a counter where the food is displayed. It´s not the harbour but the prices are better. If you instead of going up here continue to the end of the harbour you will find a little museum with a copy of and old boat with which they sailed an olive branch from Crete to Athens for the opening of the Olympics in Athens 2004. A warning : don´t try to park near the harbour or in the city streets, it´s impossible and a nightmare and could result in bumps. Find a parking cellar instead and relax it´s much better. Here is how you find one of them : Go by the National Road to Chania and drive for rather a long time on the edge of Chania you can see to the right. When you reach the signs for Hospital and Mournies, go down here and don´t go left towards Mournies and the Hospital, but continue into Chania. Here you pass 3 traffic lights and when you have just passed the third one you will see a P sign 2,5 meters up where the road narrows to the right pointing to the right. Drive down this road and find APOLLON Parking place. drive in here to the right and leave the key in, they will park the car for you. Go and get a ticket with a number and you are free to explore the city of Chania. If you turn left by Apokourona steeet you can soon see the big Market Place. Having seen this you can continue left up the busy main road in Chania until you reach the 1866 - Square. If you turn right here you will walk right down to the harbour. When you go to claim your car back, they will ask you to which side you want it. Our advice is : choose the same side where you drove in and turn right down to the big road and turne right here. Now you can follow this road for a very long time until you reach the harbour in Souda with the big ferries. Turn up there and go left until you reach the National Road again and find your way back to Kalives. We almost forgot to tell you about the Old Chania : just one or two streets in from the harbour you find the Old City of Chania, with its crooked back streets. Here you cab still find ruins from teh Germans haevy bombardment of Chania in 1944. There are excavations going on here from the ancient Chania. Notice the worn out grindstones from the olive press being used as part of the the Old City Wall. Enjoy your day in the harbour !”
  • 73 locals recommend
Café
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“A unique place for your coffee and your food in the heart of Old Port of Chania, exactly opposite the Light House.”
  • 63 locals recommend
History Museum
“In the heart of the city center of Chania, you will find this museum. You will have the opportunity to admire our great history! Contact with them, for the price of the tickets and the working hours.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Fish Taverna
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“"Thalassino Ageri" in old tanneries area, exceptional fish tavern in a magnificent location”
  • 45 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“The lighthouse at the old harbor of Chania is the most recognizable part of the city, posing at all travel books of Crete. The story of the lighthouse starts a long ago, although its present form dates back since the Egyptian Occupation of Crete (in the early 19th century). The Venetians, under the threat of the Turks, in the late 16th century, started fortifying all towns throughout Crete. In the period 1595-1601 they made great interventions at the port of Chania. At the center of the breakwater, they built the bastion of St. Nicholas, which together with the fortress of Firkas, could protect the harbor entrance. At that time they also built the lighthouse. The current lighthouse tower is mounted on a trapezoidal base which holds since the Venetian Era. During the Turkish Occupation, the harbour of Chania and the lighthouse were neglected and abandoned. In 1839, the Egyptians restored the lighthouse as we see today. Today’s tower stands at 21m height and is visible within 7 miles. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
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“One of our best restaurants in Chania, food with a nod to Turkish cuisine. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
History Museum
“21 Halidon Street, Chania Venetian Harbour At the entrance of the port of Chania is situated the Venetian Fortress Firkas, where on December 1st 1913, the Greek flag has been hoisted, sealing the union of Crete with the motherland Greece. The Maritime Museum of Crete was founded in 1973 in order to accommodate and present Greek naval traditions, and especially those of Crete, which they constitute a part of the national glory. The Museum is the second maritime one in antiquity in Greece, after the Maritime Museum of Greece in Piraeus. The exhibition is divided into 13 sections and covers two floors. Downstairs documents are exposed by the Union of Crete with Greece in 1913, while the first floor is dedicated to the Second World War to the present day and to the Battle of Crete. The permanent exhibition includes 2,500 exhibits such as relics, objects found in sea, paintings, maps, photographs, ship models, various nautical instruments etc. Among the important exhibits of the museum is the room with the shells of all sizes and colors, the model of an Athenian trireme, the representation of the board of the ship of "Syros" that was designed by pictorial depictions on vases of that era, dioramas of the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, models of ships that took part against the Turks, a model of the first submarine named "Dolphin" and more. Do not forget to see the docks of the Venetian harbor, the representation of the Minoan ship "Minoa" of 16th-15th century BC that was launched in December 2003 and in 2004 made its maiden trip from Chania to Piraeus, accompanying the Olympic flame that was moved by the Athenian Trireme in the last part of the route, and boating events and celebrations of Naval Week. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Market
“It considered one of the most impressive covered markets in the Balkans.The market has 76 shops,including butchers,fishmongers,general stores and many others,”
  • 34 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This summer-only lounge bar with eclectic decor is the ideal place to relax and enjoy your drink. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Market
“The Municipal Market of Chania, the large building of 4000 square meters in a surrounding area of 17.200 square meters, is the "heart" of the city. It is an original building that, apart from a business activity center, also provides a concrete image of the ancient Greek marketplace In 1980, the Municipal Market of Chania was declared a protected monument by the Ministry of Culture.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This is a great little hidden bar with beautiful inner courtyard. Cocktails with some very unique and creative flavour combinations. The perfect place to meet locals.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cretan Restaurant
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“Chrisostomos tavern. An awarded tavern in the Old Port, with local products, dishes with flavor, a place which the locals love.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Bohème Chania Welcome to Bohème. The brand new place created in the Old Town of Chania. Our excellent suggestions for culinary delights and tasty searches either you choose to enjoy breakfast, coffee, exquisite food or superb cocktails and drinks, are perfectly combined with the unique place Boheme is located. Built by the Venetians, the building hosting Bohème was part of the cells of the monks of the Monastery of Saint Francis. The plane tree dominating the courtyard and offers us generously its shadow, is about 400 years old and sole witness of the history of the place and the people who lived here. In this place the first Soft drinks factory of Chania "Nectar" was established in the begi”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Central bus station of Chania. Buses go to Rethymno and Heraklion on a regular basis. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Take your lunch or your dinner to the Old Port...and an enjoy a glass of ouzo!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Café
“Enjoy coffee, cocktails, breakfast, lunch, diner and the best sea view in town !!!!! ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“A unique place for your coffee and your food in the heart of Old Port of Chania, exactly opposite the Light House.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Fish Taverna
“"Thalassino Ageri" in old tanneries area, exceptional fish tavern in a magnificent location”
  • 45 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“One of our best restaurants in Chania, food with a nod to Turkish cuisine. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Cretan Restaurant
“Chrisostomos tavern. An awarded tavern in the Old Port, with local products, dishes with flavor, a place which the locals love.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Bohème Chania Welcome to Bohème. The brand new place created in the Old Town of Chania. Our excellent suggestions for culinary delights and tasty searches either you choose to enjoy breakfast, coffee, exquisite food or superb cocktails and drinks, are perfectly combined with the unique place Boheme is located. Built by the Venetians, the building hosting Bohème was part of the cells of the monks of the Monastery of Saint Francis. The plane tree dominating the courtyard and offers us generously its shadow, is about 400 years old and sole witness of the history of the place and the people who lived here. In this place the first Soft drinks factory of Chania "Nectar" was established in the begi”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Take your lunch or your dinner to the Old Port...and an enjoy a glass of ouzo!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bistro
“Working with local producers & products! An awarded restaurant! A visit will awarded you!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cretan Restaurant
“This place is great for lunch or late lunch. Every day fresh meals, big variety of local dishes. Starting from Sea Food, Fish Soup, Vegetarian, Greek and Cretan dishes and Meat. Good prices, clean place, friendly servis ”
  • 23 locals recommend

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