Chania Highlights & Attractions
Situated on the north coast of the island, just a short drive from Oscar Suites & Village hotel, Chania is the second largest city of Crete and notably the most picturesque. Chania highlights include the prominent former mosque in the old harbor, the medieval lighthouse (the city’s trademark) at the far end of the pier, and remnants of the Chania’s Turkish and Venetian occupation, which all combine to create a unique atmosphere. The famous old town around Chania harbour is full of narrow alleys and historical buildings, many of which now host hotels, restaurants, shops and bars. Neoclassical style residencies, parks and sports grounds adorn many parts of the modern town. Chania’s thriving nightlife and rich cultural life is another of the town’s main attractions. During the summer, many open air concerts, festivals, theatrical performances and other activities offer a pleasing alternative for an unforgettable night out. The large 1913 indoor bazaar on the edge of the old town is popular with tourists and locals alike.
Shopping in Chania
You can never get tired of strolling around the narrow lanes of Chania’s Old Town which has lots to offer for those who enjoy retail therapy. Shopping highlights include small boutiques, elegant art galleries, hand craft shops, fine jewellery shops, gift shops, and smaller design and décor shops, all so charmingly decorated and so well blended with the whole Cretan island atmosphere, they’re a pleasure just to even look at.
Photo: Njal Arnar Johansen, www.njaljohansen.com