most poetic city of Crete greets you with a pleasant
taste of beauty. Built on the ruins of ancient Kidonia it has seen and
survived many invaders, but has also tasted civilizations that left their
marks on building faces, castles, walls, antiquities, monasteries and
The public market is in the center of the city, a brilliant cross-shaped
building that was completed in 1913, and in proportion with the one in
Near the city center the Public Garden awaits you next to the "Peace
and Friendship of the people" park. The gardens are the prettiest
in Crete, and also the public garden offers a small zoo with animals from
The Venetian port is picturesque any time and season is attractive to
visitors and locals, for it's beauty and for it's choices of entertainment
for all tastes and demands. The old city "intramural" districts
preserve their Venetian nobility. Narrow paved alleys are surrounded with
tasteful renewed houses, from various ages, are offered for a pleasant
walk. Many neoclassic houses are also saved in districts which "neighbor"
with the city of Chania, like Halepa.