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Old Port
Old Port
Old Port
Old Port

Built by the Venetians (which is why it is known as the Venetian Port) between 1320 and 1356, the Old Port of Chania is a priceless gem in this beautiful town in Crete and is a reference point and the liveliest spot. It was an important stop for the Venetian navy under Venetian rule and one of the most significant commercial ports in the east Mediterranean.

From the Maritime Museum in the west part to the Neoria Moro (dockyards) in the east cove, you can admire all its splendour and elegance in this romantic part of Crete.

A stroll along the promenade next to the restaurants, taverns and cafes you will notice its unique Venetian architecture reflected in the characteristic narrow buildings, as well as the Egyptian Lighthouse which monopolises the gaze of everyone.

One of the few remaining examples of Islamic art of the Renaissance, Yiali Tzamisi, which was dedicated to the first commander of Chania, Kioutsouk Hasan, (as he is referred to by many) is sited between Akti Kountourioti and Tombazi. The traditional horse-drawn carriages waiting to take you on a romantic ride in this breathtaking town in Crete are right in front of here.

Further east you will come across Neoria (known as arsenals). They are stone buildings with an arched facade which were used as a repair yard for the Venetian fleet. Your walk will end a few metres after Neoria Moro, which has been rebuilt and is used as an exhibition space for the Maritime Museum and cafe.

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