Chania is proud of what for many is the most beautiful Old Town on Crete. Also known as the "Venice of the East", it is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean.
Stroll through the quaint little streets and bask in the aura and mystery that exudes in this special part of the town. Go under the arches, up and down the steps and admire the beautiful courtyards of the houses with their colourful flowers and plants.
The Venetian aroma emerges on every corner, mixed with signs of the Ottomans (1645-1898) and the Egyptians (1831-1841) who were in Chania and Greek culture, together with authentic Cretan elements creating a unique cultural blend.
Angelou and Theotokopoulou streets (belonging to the prestigious Topanas neighbourhood of the town), Zambeliou, Kondilaki and Skridlof (below Mitropoleos Square and the cathedral of Panagia Trimartiri) are the busiest streets in the Old Town, each of which offers something special.
You will encounter all sorts of shops where you can buy authentic Cretan souvenirs and handmade jewellery, clothes and accessories. Although Cretan cuisine dominates the beautiful restaurants and taverns (many of which have courtyards), you can also try modern flavours and creations which compete with local, traditional recipes, with the fabulous buildings of the Old Town in the background. You will see some of the most beautiful and elegant hotels in Chania.
The two squares are the busiest spots. Sintrivani Square, which was where the Christians gathered during the Turkish occupation and Splanzia Square (1821 Square) which was a Turkish neighbourhood, are today meeting places for the young crowd.