Old Venetian Harbor
Old Venetian Harbor
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  • Kimberly
    Atlanta, Georgia212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical, inexpensive, great views.
    Historically significant, inexpensive, and worth a peek. It was 2 euros for the over 65 crowd and 4 euros for everyone else. It is a massive structure and there are some recovered items on the lower floor although there is no explanation of the items. The best part is the open top floor with its detail and expansive views.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Natasa K
    Thessaloniki Region, Greece39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    From an old era....
    Beautiful and very picturesque place. You just can't get enough of strolling through the alleys and browsing the various shops. You can also find several restaurants and bars for food and drinks. Throughout our stay in Crete and no matter where we went during the day, we always ended up taking a walk in the old town and the venecian harbor!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 18, 2023
  • John B
    Reading, United Kingdom109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit but beware if driving
    This place is quite something. The oldest standing lighthouse in the Mediterranean sits at the harbour entrance and you can walk right up to it along the sea wall. Plenty of boat trips to choose from, or rent a small motor boat. Cafes and restaurants line the harbour and the place has a nice buzz to it. If you are driving in, beware! It’s a tough spot to find parking and the roads are really narrow, so don’t attempt it in an SUV. That said, we loved the place and intend to go back.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Springer114
    Herefordshire, United Kingdom570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent to explore
    What a lovely place to spend a few days exploring the streets,buildings,alleyway’s ,restaurants,bars and small independent shops. Everywhere is very friendly and most very accessible. You can walk and explore and walk more and on the way you can refresh at so many lovely cafes and restaurants totally recommend to anyone who loves exploring city’s
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • good_ants
    Doha, Qatar601 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A quaint, cute lil' harbor!
    This harbor is a very pleasant place to stroll, grab food and/or a drink, or just gawk at the people - and other beings - that come around! There are countless places to stop for food and drink, plus some cool shops, and the alleys that flow off of the harbor are interesting. Definitely worth a visit, and you're almost certain to walk it at least once if in Chania, so enjoy!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2024
  • Travelwithliz
    Singapore1,776 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic harbor, fun to explore
    During our stay in Chania we came here daily simply just strolling along the waterfront, or grab a bite and chill. The harbor is stunning especially at sunset or at night when the place is lit up. There are endless restaurants and cafes but I feel they are too touristy in their pricing. There are endless shopping at the many side streets. Overall, we enjoyed our times here.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 24, 2024
  • Jem
    16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place but please give the horse/carriage rides a miss
    Had a lovely relaxed week as a couple in Chania. The place is beautiful with amazing little buildings and quirky shops to browse around. Bars and restaurants line the harbourside which is a great place to stop and people watch. Lovely cool breeze too. We ate at Galileo restaurant along the harbour more than once as the food was good, reasonably priced and the waiters very friendly (they remembered us which was nice, not just another tourist!) The only thing that ruined things for me during my stay, was watching the horses pulling carriages around the town over and over again. These poor creatures were there everyday we went into town, no matter how hot the sun was and I guess they must have access to water but I couldn't see any?? We would not go near these things and I would encourage tourists to give them a miss. Unless they are properly regulated so horses only work certain times/shifts, I cannot see why anyone would get enjoyment from riding in these things. The horses are trotting on hard cobbled roads and I saw one carriage owner painting the hooves of his horse to cover up how shoddy they looked. We went in May which was very warm but I can't even bear the thought of what these horses have in store for them with a long hot summer up ahead. There are so many lovely things to do and see in Chania, that don't involve putting animals through stress.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2024
  • Sasha Marie
    432 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful must see place
    I think this was one of my favourite places in Crete. Love, love, love it here. The vibe is very calm and placid, slowing everything down as you walk along the old town stalls and markets, then leading on into the harbour. The view is stunning and gives a real cultured feel, whilst also reminding me of Game of Thrones with the sand colour walls and interesting buildings. Worth a trip here if in Crete. There are numerous restaurants and cafes close to the waters edge that won’t break the bank, however double check they accept card as a few only want cash. Also be mindful of personal belongings as there are a lot of tourists in this location and it can become heaving with people. Highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2024
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DDO
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Byron A
Rhondda, UK676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Old Venetian Harbour is the iconic centrepiece of the beautiful city of Chania. If you are arriving by taxi you will be dropped off a short distance from the Harbour as there are no vehicles allowed in the old town. The Harbour is so picturesque and clean, surrounded by a good selection of lovely bars and restaurants where you can rest out of the sun and people watch. Behind the Bars and Restaurants are charming, narrow alleys with unique shops with local products for sale. Walk around the Harbour to the lighthouse and take in the Venetian architecture walking by the Vali Mosque and the Firka Venetian Fortress while soaking up the atmosphere. As you walk around the Harbour you’ll come across floating shops selling their produce. I found the prices of the Bars & Cafes on the front a little expensive but as you’d expect from a prime spot with a lovely view. If you don’t care for the ambiance you’ll find the prices cheaper as you move away from the tourist areas. Yes, as you’d expect it is touristy but it is a beautiful place and well worth the visit.
Written November 7, 2022
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Jem
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Had a lovely relaxed week as a couple in Chania. The place is beautiful with amazing little buildings and quirky shops to browse around. Bars and restaurants line the harbourside which is a great place to stop and people watch. Lovely cool breeze too.
We ate at Galileo restaurant along the harbour more than once as the food was good, reasonably priced and the waiters very friendly (they remembered us which was nice, not just another tourist!)
The only thing that ruined things for me during my stay, was watching the horses pulling carriages around the town over and over again. These poor creatures were there everyday we went into town, no matter how hot the sun was and I guess they must have access to water but I couldn't see any??
We would not go near these things and I would encourage tourists to give them a miss. Unless they are properly regulated so horses only work certain times/shifts, I cannot see why anyone would get enjoyment from riding in these things. The horses are trotting on hard cobbled roads and I saw one carriage owner painting the hooves of his horse to cover up how shoddy they looked.
We went in May which was very warm but I can't even bear the thought of what these horses have in store for them with a long hot summer up ahead. There are so many lovely things to do and see in Chania, that don't involve putting animals through stress.
Written May 23, 2024
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Catalin H
253 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Normally I would have given three stars, because the view from the ancient sea wall is stunning, especially at night, but there are some downsides that shouldn't be overlooked.

The Venetian port gets overcrowded; there are moments, quite a few actually, when you feel suffocated by the crowds rushing around.

The whole area seems like a tourist trap; many items sold in the shops aren't related to the local culture.

There are plenty of restaurants around, but it's wise to check reviews from other tourists, especially those with three stars or less, to avoid unpleasant surprises. Most shoreline restaurants charge exorbitant prices (I once paid 45 euros for a palm-sized fish), serve frozen and reheated food (particularly seafood), and cleanliness can be an issue (we were shocked to find out we had to walk through a restaurant's kitchen to reach the restroom).

If you're keen on a sea excursion, it's better to head to one of the neighboring cities; most boats docked in the port charge very high prices (over 400 euros for a group trip of 4–5 people).

The port's highlight (the ancient sea wall) is poorly maintained and, in some spots, littered with garbage.

The last, but not the least, of the negative aspects: c'mon, people, please stop subjecting the poor horses to such a torment. There is nothing romantic or noble about strolling around the port in a carriage pulled by horses suffering from hunger, thirst and heat... not to mention the hustle and bustle of crowds, which alone is a significant source of stress for the poor animals.

Positive aspects:
Strolling on the old breakwater towards the lighthouse is really enjoyable. If you're lucky, you might even spot turtles swimming in the clear water.

PS: Be careful not to fall into the water, as some areas, covered with algae, can be very slippery, and the water is deep.
Written March 21, 2024
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julie1653217
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, UK265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Chania Venetian harbour and old port area are lovely to wander around day or night the lighthouse and castle are all worth visiting Chania is a really nice place to visit this was out first time here and we were very impressed.
Plenty to see loads of places to eat and drink at more expensive on the port front but that's to be expected.
Easy to walk around as it's mainly flat.
Good transport to and from the airport €2 pp public bus
Each way takes about 20/30mins.
Nice walk to beaches either way from port.
Written June 29, 2022
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Wookash Q
Wroclaw, Poland1,617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Springer114
Herefordshire, UK570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a lovely place to spend a few days exploring the streets,buildings,alleyway’s ,restaurants,bars and small independent shops. Everywhere is very friendly and most very accessible. You can walk and explore and walk more and on the way you can refresh at so many lovely cafes and restaurants totally recommend to anyone who loves exploring city’s
Written October 12, 2023
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Off their P
Manchester, UK3,970 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Sarah O
Mexico, MO241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Chania Old Town is an amazing area. We arrived early (around 8:30) and it wasn’t too crowded. We first walked out to the lighthouse and it was very warm because there is very little shade. Good view though. We then had a breakfast at a harbor-side cafe that was quiet and enjoyable. We then walked through some of the alleys/streets and I was amazed at how beautiful and unique it was. I felt like I was in Little Italy.
Written July 1, 2022
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