Chania is the capital of the Prefecture of Chania. One of the four districts, Crete is divided in. Chania is the second largest city in Crete with around 60,000 inhabitants and lies on the ruins of the ancient city Kydonia. One of Crete's two international airports is located on the Akrotiri peninsula at Chania and Crete's main port, Souda, which is also the Mediterranean's largest natural harbor, is located just east of Chania. Here you find, ferries to Piraeus and other Greek islands.


The city has retained many of its ancient buildings dating back to the time when the Venetians ruled Crete. First and foremost, in the small, winding streets around the old Venetian port. Near the harbor is also the old Venetian arsenals. Ie shipyards. The old buildings have since been used for such diverse things as school, hospital and city hall. Also at the harbor is the old Turkish mosque, now used for art exhibitions.

The Firkas Fortress from 1629 was built to protect the harbor and city from attack. Today, among other things Chanias Nautical Museum is housed in the buildings. A central, exciting place to visit is the city's covered market, and right beside the Municipal Park, which also houses a small zoo.

You can read more about Chania on the official website (Greek and English) here.

Museums in Chania

Archeological Museum of Chania
Address: Halidon 21
Opening hours: Daily 8.30 to 15.00. Monday closed

Nautical Museum of Crete
Address: Akti Kountourioti (Kountourioti coast)
Opening hours: Daily 08.30 to 14.00

The Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection
Address: Theotokopoulou 78
Opening hours: Daily 8.30 to 15.00. Monday closed

Historical Archive of Crete
Address: I. Sfakianaki 20
Opening hours: Daily 09.00 to 13.00. Closed weekends

The War Museum of Chania
Address: Tzanakaki Str.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 09.00 to 14.00.

The House of Eleftherios Venizelos
Address: Elena Venizelos Plateau
Opening hours: Daily 11.30 to 13.30 and 18.00 to 20.00. Closed weekends