Chania

Excavations have brought to daylight evidence proving that the area had been settled since Neolithic Times. Chania reached its highest development during Venetian times, when it was chosen as the seat of the General Commander of the island and became an important commercial center.

Chania's old town impresses the visitor with its picturesque little streets and the many preserved architectural details from Venetian times; it has therefore been characterized as conservation area. In the Venetian Harbor, the most important buildings are the old lighthouse, the fortress Firkas, the mosque of Hasan Pasha and the Neoria.

The White Mountains, rising behind Chania and sloping into the Libyan Sea in Sfakia in the South, attract alpinist and nature lovers with their countless gorges and ravines. The beautiful sandy beaches and the crystal clear waters of the prefecture's coasts (Georgioupolis, Elafonissi, Falassarna, Paleohora etc.) are ideal for swimming. The various excavation sites with findings from Minoan, Roman, Byzantine and Turkish times attract visitors interested in the history and culture of the island.

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Chania

Chania

Chania
Chania