Crete is the main island of Greece and represents one of the symbolic boundaries between East and West . It is located equidistantly between Europe , Asia and Africa . The island, which has a rich history, occupies a strategic position and it has been involved in numerous conflicts between peoples to gain control of the sea Mediterranean . Crete was the cradle of civilization Mionica, which dominated the Mediterranean oriental from the Millennium IV until I before Christ.
Chania was the capital of the island until 1971 and today is the second largest city of Crete after Heraklion . It is located at the foot of the Ori Lefka ( White Mountains ), it has a picturesque harbor, and a network of streets that make up a city dotted with Venetian buildings and fortifications, especially around the harbor.
The time of arrival and departure of this city was at 12: 00h to 19: 30h. After our breakfast we were watching from the pool area and the beautiful scenery so spectacular day we were having, waiting for the moment when the ship docked. Upon arrival we were ready to get off the ship and start our adventure in Chania , as we had no idea how to get to this city …
We headed for the exit following all passengers until they came upon a stand where you can buy tickets for the bus that takes you to the city center. Its price is more than economic € 1.70 each way per person and leave you just at the door of the market. Travel time is about 10 minutes …
Once we got off the bus, we took a map to guide us around the city, this area is a huge, full of life and light square. We realized that in order to enter the village had to go through the market, so we headed toward the same … Well needless to say the good impression that caused us the colorful shops and wonderful smells, I was clouded, incredibly spectacular, cheeses, nuts, brine, fabrics, perfumes … Uhmmmm, incredible, just to remember again I feel and impregnate her smell … “Then follow” with that, I told Angie , my daughter, as time was running out and we had still all to see …
We left the market and went for the main street. If you go to the left you will find shops of all kinds, jewelry, sandals, textiles, clothes and if you follow that street and get to the end’ll give Chalidon . If on the contrary continue to the right, also with many shops, you end up in the districts of Topanas and Braki this area Chania . It ‘s like a small peninsula on the left which is very nice, bars shops etc … On the way is the Archaeological Museum, the Catholic church, museum of folklore and a square with a beautiful church.
The neighborhood Topanas is the most aristocratic of old Chania , where the richest Christian families lived during the end of the Ottoman occupation. Here we find Venetian buildings in the narrow streets near the harbor This beautiful fort also houses the Naval Museum of Chania and summer theater. In front, we have the popular Chania Lighthouse sixteenth century. To get there we find a viewpoint that is reached via a steep path, but well worth it because it has spectacular views, then low again and follow the narrow streets to reach the neighborhood of Braki . While you’re walking around this neighborhood you’re watching the square Venice , Venecielux , you get a beautiful harbor where you can go bordering it and going where is the naval museum, now under construction, and enter these cobbled streets, introducing you to the people and enjoying the beauty and charm of Chania .
After a drink in a quaint little bar where they sold hipiies bags and very modern clothes, we went back down again down the street Chelidon , who will give back to this beautiful port. We decided to stay and go to the mosque Hassan Kitosuka where you find numerous artworks and details to buy … ‘Precious !!!. Then we descend the Barrio Kastelli east of the port, exactly where was the ancient Kydonia . The Venetians settled there in 1252 and built the fortified walls. At the highest point of the area have the Rettore Palace , where he lived pasha during the Turkish reign. At the end of the Ottoman period, many powerful families of Chania lived in the Barrio Kastelli . We continue to enjoy more and more stores until we got to the street Suderon . We returned for the market, where if we stopped to enjoy their belongings, including beautiful palminas that Angie bought to use as a pareo ….
Other neighborhoods that can be visited are:
- Splantza or Barrio Square : In this neighborhood include the St. Nicholas Church , the Orthodox Church of Agioi Anargyroi and the small Venetian church of San Rocco , which has a Latin inscription dating from the seventeenth century.
- The Jewish Quarter “Ovriaki” : Located south of Topanas . It is the Jewish quarter of Chania and is characterized by an imposing Venetian church dedicated to San Francisco and belonged to the Franciscan monks. South of the district have the Bastion Schiavo (slave), also known as Lando or Aghios Dimitrios , and part of the city walls.
- Barrio Sandrivani : In the center of the square we can see a beautiful Turkish fountain ( Syndrivani ). North of the neighborhood mosque stands Hassan Pasha , built by the Arabs, and currently houses the Information Office of Chania .
We returned to the ship at 18: 00h, we could not delay any longer … Returning saw this beautiful city also has red bus. If I had known before what we had taken to recreate the entire environment better ….
Other points of interest:
- Municipal Market : Located in a building from 1911, where you can find all kinds of olives, herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits and fresh fish.
- Fortress Firkas : This great fortress built to protect the harbor. Today houses the Naval History Museum , where an exhibition on the battle shown Crete and the tower with a nice view of the harbor, the Venetian lighthouse and the mosque.
- Etz Hayyim Synagogue : Fifteenth century building, frequented by Jews of Chania until the German occupation in World War II , when they were taken to concentration camps.
- Chania Lighthouse : it Located at the end of the Venetian walls of the harbor, where a good view of the coast, the harbor and the city is obtained.
- Mosque of the Janissaries : This is the oldest of the island Ottoman construction. The Turks built this building several domes after conquering Crete in 1645.
- Venetian walls and Bastion Schiavo : Faced with the Turkish threat were built in the fifteenth century, being the best preserved Venetian fortifications stretch.
- Municipal Gardens : Designed by Reouf Pasha in 1870.
- Turkish Bath : You can visit and are located in a beautiful building in the port area.
- Veneciana door Renieri : It is located in the popular street Theophanus.
Date Posted: March 31, 2016
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.