Chania Crete Island Greece

Chania is located along the northern coast of Crete, and is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania Prefecture. Chaniaenjoys a normal Mediterranean climate, with sunny and dry summers and mild and rainy winters. Between April and October you can expect practically every day to be clear and sunny. Minor early heat waves have been known to occur in March or April, during a Saharan dust event, but typically heat waves are not terribly common. Snows and frosts are also not common in Chania. For the most part, the weather is always beautifully clear and warm.

Chania is filled with beautiful ancient visions and places to see. Despite the fact that during World War II Chania’s Old Town was bombed heavily, it is still considered to be the most beautiful urban district located on Crete. The central area of the old town, Kasteli, has been inhabited since the Neolithic times, and is found on a small hill next to the seafront. The Old Town’s main square is the Eleftherios Venizelos Square. Here you will find the heart of activities for tourists. Other beautiful landmarks to visit while in Chania are found in Kasteli. The Kasteli Archaeological Area and part of the Byzantine walls are very popular destinations to see. The remains of the Government House of Palazzo of the Venetians dates back to the 17th century, and the former Santa Maria de Miracoli Monastery was constructed in 1615. In Splantzia you will find the Dominican Monastery of St. Nicholas from the early 14th century, the Church of St. Rocco from the early 17th century, and the Minaret of St. Nicholas.
Head to the shore, and on the harbor you will find the Faros, a lighthouse from the 15th century. Other things to see on the harbor include the Mosque of the Janissaries, the Venetian Shipyards, Neoria, from the late 16th century, and the Bulwark of St. Nicholas of Molos.

On Halidon Street are located the Stivanadika, or traditional leather stores, and on bulwar Sabbionara you can visit the Church of Agioi Anargyroi and the Bulwark San Salvatore. Be sure to leave time to visit Kissamos, where you will find that the ancient Greek traditions and myths are still alive.

In Polirrinia you will find a majestic reservoir with an altar and ruins from the Roman era. Other places to visit while in Chania include Falassarna, Gramvoussa, Agnion, Potamida, Agia Sofia, and Diktinna, where there are Byzantine Churches dating back as far as the 10th century. Many things here can be explored on foot, including walking through the mountains and viewing the beautiful waters flowing down the mountainside.

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