The visitor coming to Chania for the first time is amazed at the number of buildings and monuments bearing marks of our centuries- long culture and history.
What to see and do
Explore the waterfront and streets just behind. Walk along the harbour wall to the Venetian Lighthouse.
Visit the wonderful Naval Museum (Maritime Museum) – it exhibits a superb introduction to the History of Crete and is by no means only for maritime mavens, you will learn more here in half an hour than most could teach you, about the events that filled the far and recent past of the island of Crete. Open: 10.00 to 14.00 daily, except Monday. Tel: 28210-91875.
The Archaeological Museum on Halidon Street is smaller than its grand Heraklion counterpart, though well worth visiting and appealing even to non archaeologists. Open: 8.00 to 17.00 (to 19.30 April-October) daily, except Monday.
Tel: 28210-90334. Admission: 1.5 euros
Historical Archives (museum):
Open 9.00 to 13.00, Monday to Friday.
Tel: 28210-52606. Admission: Free.
Byzantine Museum. Open: 8.30 to 14.00 daily, except Monday. Tel: 28210-96046. Near the waterfront (behind the Naval museum).
Visit Venizelos Graves on a hill above Chania, with its magnificent views from amongst the trees, across the town and the Venetian harbour, sweeping over the sea & beyond.
Visit Tabakaria a district with old leather processing houses found on the rocky eastern side of the city of Chania. The area was chosen for the following reasons: the abundant brackish subterranean waters used to soften leather, and its relative closeness to the city. Today some of the leather processing houses are still in operation. Adjusted to the natural properties of the land, the buildings have only one floor on the side of the street and two or three floors on the side of the sea. They are made of stone with tile roofs. They are built close to each other with very narrow, steep passages and steps going down to the sea. Tabakaria constitute a unique architectural complex.