Why not add a night or two in Chania harbour to your Pure Crete Holiday. The Alcanea hotel is magnificently located on the waterfront of the old port, adjoining the Maritime Museum and the Venetian Fortress.
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The beautiful Venetian building has 8 stunning rooms, combining sophistication and traditional touches. Rooms vary from doubles with sea view to superior rooms with terrace of balcony. The atmospheric cafe and wine bar offer views of the old port and is used for guests to take their breakfast.
Chania (pronounced hania) is the principal town of Western Crete. A Venetian port whose attractive and lively harbour provides the perfect setting for an evening stroll before dinner at one of the many waterfront tavernas.
Despite being bombed during World War II, Chania’s Old Town has survived mostly intact and is the most beautiful urban district on Crete. The Venetian harbour is especially beautiful. The borders of the Old Town are marked by a crumbling Venetian city wall and bulwarks.
The central part of the old town is named Kasteli which has been inhabited since Neolithic times.Behind the harbour a maze of narrow back streets links with a mixture of old Venetian and Turkish houses, often stunningly decorated with hanging flowers. Five minutes’ walk away is Chania’s covered market, well-known for the wide variety of fresh produce on offer. Nearby, local handicraft shops provide a good place to find handmade leather goods, rugs and lace.
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The old harbour offers a picturesque setting and a wide selection of restaurants, which offer a variety of Greek and ‘international’ dishes. In general head towards the east end of the harbour front for the best tavernas, or into the small alleyways behind the west end section. Here, tucked away in the narrow backstreets with outdoor courtyard dining, you will find taverns such as Semiramis on Skoufon Street., Ela on Kondilaki Street. (Both these streets run parallel, and to the west of, Halidon Street). Tamam on Zampeliou Street, a popular small taverna set in an old Turkish bath, is also located in this area.
On the main harbour front, a little to the east beyond the mosque is the Monastiri taverna with a great harbour view. Continue east to Katehaki square and you’ll find Karnagio taverna and also the fine Italian restaurant Kariatis. For fresh fish go to the far eastern end of the harbour: Apostolis and Dinos, amongst others. In general the waterfront restaurants and tavernas with their beckoning attendants are fine if you want a coffee and a pretty view but they have the least interesting ‘international style’ menus. If you wish to find something more interesting the tavernas in the streets behind the old mosque building are a better bet.