The city of Chania is located on the northeast part of the Prefecture of Chania. It is the capital of the prefecture and its administrative, economic, commercial and transportation center.
Chania city distance from Paleochora: 75km, driving time: 75min.
Chania city has a population of over 60.000 residents and is built on top of the ruins of the ancient city of Kydonia. Since ancient times, the city of Chania has faced many conquerors and the influence of many civilizations through time, which is evident on the city monuments.
The beautiful city of Chania managed to preserve its original colors and historical character, despite the fast-growing tourist industry. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Greece and the most picturesque city of Crete. The city of Chania is also characterized by a rich cultural life. A plethora of cultural events are organized every year (exhibitions, festivals, theatrical and musical performances, etc.)
The city has an International Airport and a port – the Port of Souda, the largest natural port of the Mediterranean.
The Municipal Market is one of the most central spots in the city, hosted in a 1913 building of very interesting architecture. In a short distance from the center, there is the Municipal Garden, and, next to it, the park «Eirinis kai Filias» (meaning park of “Peace and Friendship” in Greek). The Municipal Garden is one of the most beautiful in Crete, and it also includes a small zoo with animals of the Cretan fauna.
The Venetian Port provides some very pleasant promenades through its picturesque streets, and attracts many visitors throughout the year. There are also many bars and restaurants by the coast for every taste. The districts of Chania city outside the walls still preserve their Venetian nobility. Narrow passages surrounded by elegant houses built in different historical periods, offer you some very pleasant routes to discover. Many neoclassical buildings are also preserved in neighboring districts, such as in the known Halepa district.
For more info about Chania city please visit www.chaniatourism.com.