Hania Travel Guide
Overview Beyond being the largest city in western Crete, Hania (Chania)
is also one of the most attractive. Its small harbour and labyrinth
of Turkish and Venetian buildings never fail to charm visitors.
Colourful markets and exquisite cuisine add more dimensions to a
fantastic Greek holiday destination.
Shops, cafes and tavernas line narrow, winding lanes, which lead
to delicate stonework, white Orthodox churches and other
photographic opportunities. Parts of the old city walls and
buildings have also been excavated. Visitors can enjoy them during
walks around town.
Hania's port area is the oldest and most interesting locale.
Holidaymakers will find its many bars and restaurants busy at
night, while its few museums are certainly worth visiting for
history buffs. Hikers must venture through the famous Samaria
Hania © Gorka Palazio
Shopping Holidaymakers should visit Hania's Municipal Market for good
dining and souvenirs, and the famous Leather Street (Stivanadika)
for leather items. Shoppers will also find many craft and jewellery
establishments around the city.
Restaurants Visitors will find many cafes, tavernas and restaurants around
the harbour. The city also has a number of traditional
establishments in the market area.
Nightlife Hania has a number of clubs, with some quietly gay-friendly
Activities Hania has many good museums, especially the Maritime Museum. The
city's gorgeous sand and pebble beaches offer sun, surf and
relaxation, and day trips to Crete's myriad attractions are an
option. Visitors will enjoy exploring the quaint narrow
Negatives The pavements in Hania are very narrow, so strolling along the
streets can be a bit hazardous.
The Samaria Gorge
The Samaria Gorge National Park, in the White Mountains of
western Crete, is said to be one of the most splendid scenic parks
in Europe and the hike through the gorge is breathtaking. It is an
arduous trip but well worth it to... see full details