One glance at the glorious Chania Harbor and one can see the intermixing of generations and rulers, lifestyles and architectures. Though many tourists visit this spot, the harbor maintains its Mediterranean spark, mixing Greek influences with Turkish and Italian.
Here at the harbor, the famous movie "Zorba the Greek" was filmed. Between the docked ships and the jetty, in the background of the graceful and shabby buildings, the Greek cinema managed to catch film lovers, and makes the Greek Islands some of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.
If your time is limited, visit the Venetian observation tower on the west side of the harbor. See the unique combination of Venetian houses, European-style tiled roofs, Turkish-Ottoman wooden balconies, church towers, and mosques. You cannot see the Jewish synagogue, the "Tree of Life," but this is a symbol of the Jewish community that once lived on this island until the Holocaust in 1944.
What you can see from here are the variety of surrounding sites. From the Firkas Fortress and the crescent-shaped pier, to the multi-domed Janissaries Mosque. Across from here was built the Venetian Lighthouse at the end of the jetty.
You will enhance your experience if you find time to wander through the harbor alleys. At day and at night, this is a magical glimpse into the history and architecture of the island, the Old City and the people who make it so pleasant.
Between the variety of stores in the harbor alleys, you can enjoy a little local shopping. Sold here are all sorts of things: leather goods, clothes, shoes, local cosmetics and souvenirs for tourists. Enjoy!