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Old Venetian Harbor
Old Venetian Harbor

Old Venetian Harbor

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Eleftherios Venizelos Square, Chania, Crete

The basics

Lined with colorful homes and bustling tavernas, with its old wall capped by a 70-foot (21-meter) lighthouse, Chania’s Old Venetian Harbor is a lovely spot for a wander. Many historic buildings have been thoughtfully repurposed: Firkas Fortress now houses the Maritime Museum of Crete, while the Venetian Grand Arsenal and the Ottoman mosque host events and exhibitions.

Like much of Chania Old Town, the harbor is pedestrianized. If walking tours aren’t for you, explore by Segway, bicycle, or three-wheel powered scooter. Some Chania food tours include a waterfront stroll.

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Chania Old Town Private Tour
Chania Old Town Private Tour
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$350.22 per adult
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Educational and Entertaining Tour of Chania Old Town
Peter was the most knowledgeable of all the tour guides we had. We were extremely impressed. He took us through doors of the Old Town that often hid unusual items and uses from times long ago. He was equally able to describe archeological, religious, architectural and military sites. His recommendations for local food and drink (I will mention fresh orange juice) were very much appreciated. Our mid-day lunch in a local restaurant in the New Town on the hill was a highlight. We will recommend this tour to our friends in a heart beat.
MaryAnnette_K, Apr 2022

Things to know before you go

  • While both yachts and fishing boats still moor in the Old Venetian Harbor, ferries and cruise ships dock at the Port of Souda, about a 4-mile (7-kilometer) drive southeast of the harbor.
  • The harbor is stroller-friendly, and restaurants generally welcome kids with open arms.
  • The harbor has a flat, paved promenade, with steps up to the lighthouse. Outdoor seats at restaurants are usually step-free, and there’s a wheelchair-accessible public restroom on Zampeliou Street.
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How to get there

The Old Venetian Harbor is in Chania, roughly a 9-mile (14-kilometer) drive southwest of the airport, which has international charter flights in summer and local flights year-round. Ferries run regularly between Souda and Athens’ Piraeus port.

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Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Chania

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When to get there

The shoulder seasons (May–June and September–October) are great times to visit Greece, with nice weather but fewer crowds. Enjoy the beauty of the Old Venetian Harbor at sunset, perhaps over a waterfront drink. If the Maritime Museum is on your agenda, get there in the afternoon.

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Crete’s Best Venetian Ruins

History buffs find Crete fascinating not only for its ancient sites (such as Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur), but also for its remnants of the Venetian Empire (like the lion, a symbol of St. Mark). Highlights include Heraklion’s Venetian walls, vast fortifications constructed during the 15th century; Gramvousa Fortress, perched atop a rocky island off a beautiful beach; and Rethymno’s Venetian Fortezza, with sweeping city views.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Old Venetian Harbor?
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What else should I know about attractions in Chania?
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