Chania Uncovered

Chania, Crete’s second largest city, is one of the island’s “must see” places.

Our first stop is Argyroupoli, a beautiful village that nestles in the hills, west of Rethymnon. It is also famous for its gushing springs and waterfalls.

We continue west, arriving at Lake Kournas, the only freshwater lake in Crete, which is protected under the Natura 2000 program. Its actual depth unknown…

Taking the old road we stop at Aptera, giving you a panoramic view over Souda Bay and the surrounding area, we continue down to the coast road and enter the city which is known as “The Venice of Crete”, Chania. Our first stop is at Venizelos’ Tombs with the best panoramic view over the town. Eleftherios Venizelos was the most prominent political figure in modern Greece,  he set the foundations for a modern and independent greek state.

Going down to the town we stop at the municipal market, located in the center of Old Town, where the main fortifications once stood and is considered one of the most impressive covered markets in the Balkans. The market has many shops, including butchers’, fishmongers’ and other general stores, and is commonly known as the “Agora”.

Walking through the small streets behind the market we eventually arrive at the Venetian Harbor, with its lighthouse, the symbol of Chania. The port of Chania is one of the busiest places during the day and the most romantic spot at night.
Filled with wooden fishing boats, seafood “tavernas”, romantic small streets and cafés is totally enchanting by night. The mosque, erected by the Ottoman Turks, the arsenals, where the Venetians repaired their galleys, and a yachting marina.