Old Venetian Harbor

Old Venetian Harbor, Chania Town: Address, Old Venetian Harbor Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Venetian Harbor
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,804 contributions
Oct 2020
While European coastal cities really to to overcommercialize and scare away tourists with overwhelming amounts of cheap beachwear, fake Irish pubs and restaurant waiters trying to lure you in by constantly chatting you up (any time of the day), there are beautiful spots that manage to preserve their original shape and splendour while still incoporating modern elements. In Chania both seems to be the case. While tourism and accompanying tourist traps are never far away here, the old Venetian harbor managed to preserve the aesthetics of the past. One can take great sunset walks here and while our visit in 2020 was strongly influenced by the pandemic and subsequent diminishing numbers of visitors, did we really feel the local identity and culture of the people of Chania. Don't skip the city for bigger Heraklion or the beaches - make sure to indulge in this beautiful harbor that the Venetians have set their eyes on centuries ago.
Written February 15, 2021
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Iordache S
Vejle, Denmark88 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is one of the most amazing harbors we have ever seen. If you want to get the most out of your visit I highly recommend a late evening visit. Maybe stop for dinner at one of the many, many restaurants that are located right on the water front.
Written July 23, 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada8,732 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a beautiful and romantic harbor. We took a buggy ride around the harbor and town with a wonderful, friendly driver and guide and stopped to enjoy the ambience (and great food) at a local waterfront cafe. There is also a lot of history displayed for all to see. Take in the The Lighthouse of Chania built by the Venetians, the Vali Mosque from the Ottoman period and the Firka Venetian Fortress.
Written December 18, 2021
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DDO
8 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
An interesting building but watch out for the miserable hag on the entry kiosk. She demanded passports for two children aged 10 and 14 even though the reduced ticket price is for those under 25’s, which they clearly are. There’s not much in it money wise so I paid for 4 adult tickets but it’s just the principle of dealing with such a miserable person. The interior exhibition was interesting nevertheless.
Written August 14, 2021
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Simeon
Enfield, UK56 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We drove in to Chania old town which was quite busy but managed to park a 5 min walk out of town. Worth it as the squares, alleyways and shops leading down to the harbour are worth exploring. Much bigger and better than we were expecting and glad we went so worth adding to the list of things to do while visiting.
Written August 18, 2020
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,260 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is the focal point of the town and is a stunning place to visit. We made a point of going there every night as you always see something new and it is often very beautiful.

History is all around you and from the Ottoman, Roman and Venetian empires each has left something special.I’m not sure that, in the future, people will look back at anything built around this time with the same amount of awe.

There is something for everyone here. Bars, restaurants and coffee shops. It can get busy so I would advise for visits to be as early in the day as possible.
Written July 10, 2021
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GBJ-Cookies
South Shields, UK1,307 contributions
Oct 2021
Arrived via the cruise terminal, were the buses line up to bring you the the Old Venetian Harbour.
A truly wonderful place with its many bars, restaurants and gift shops.
Take time to walk around to the lighthouse, although unfortunately when we visited the last few metres were roped off.
We arrived early morning and the place was quiet, but by early afternoon it was bustling and this was late in the season.
Written November 4, 2021
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Wookash Q
Wroclaw, Poland1,531 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Everywhere I was reading that Rethymno is so nice and cosy in comparison to Chania that is much better and worth to see. I came with no expectations and I was really positively surprised. Plenty of restaurants along the bank and great atmosphere. Also mixture of architecture Venetian, Turkish and Jewish gives nice climate when you walk deeper from the coast. Highly recommended to spend few hours walking there!
Written August 17, 2020
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chris2pherwong
Canton of Zug, Switzerland411 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Our first trip to Chania and the harbour did not disappoint. The lighthouse is a real highlight and many people went there to take pictures during sunset. We just went to our hotel balcony at Porto Veneziano and took the most beautiful pictures. Lovely 😍
Written October 17, 2020
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Temer2
Horley, UK1,071 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited Chania's Old Venetian Harbour on a day trip on a cruise and thoroughly enjoyed a day relaxing in the sun, walking the harbour walls and eating and drinking in the restaurants with stunning views.
My husband and I visited with my parents and sister and enjoyed a lovely lunch at a restaurant, then walked around the harbour. My mum and sister sat in the sun while the rest of us had a walk to the end of the harbour wall. It is a bit craggy in places but there are viewpoints and it is beautiful.
On the way back to the town, which is pretty with cobbled streets, we saw a turtle in the harbour which topped off a perfect day.
Written January 24, 2021
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