About the Ancient Port of the Beautiful City of ChaniaThe Chania Old Venetian Harbor is a picturesque port that has all the clichés about Greek islands and friendly locals.
One glance at the glorious Chania Harbor and one can see the intermixing of generations and rulers, life styles 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 islands of Greece 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 shapef pier, to the multi-domed Janissaries Mosque. Across from here was built the Venetian lighthouse at the end of the jetty.
What to do at the Port?Around you there are a number of interesting sites to visit. Click on our logo and you will see. Then, for those who have time, there is the beautiful old port of Chania with the colorful houses surrounding it, a variety of taverns and restaurants, bars and cozy cafes. Sit back and enjoy the breeze and sea smell, along with local delicacies and something to drink. Take time, you're in Greece!
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 them so pleasant.