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Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece

An ancient city on Crete's north coast, Chania overlooks the Aegean against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Its Old Town is a delight of narrow streets of Byzantine, Venetian and Turkish architecture filled with shops, tavernas and cafes.

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Chania (Souda), Crete, Greece

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Wander through the fascinating layers of Chaniá's history with a visit to the Old Town. The Venetian Harbor and narrow, picturesque roadways retain the distinctive atmosphere of the city's Venetian and Turkish periods. The large 16th century Venetian church, Aghios Frankiskos is an impressive site and home of the Archaeological Museum of Chaniá.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Explore the site of the ancient city of Aptera, once an important Minoan city believed to be built around 700 BCE. The remains of the city walls can still be seen surrounding the 12th century monastery and impressive 19th century Turkish fort also built on the site.
  • A marvel in and of itself, the Firkas Fort, constructed in 1629 and current home to the Maritime Museum of Crete, boasts a panoramic view of the Venetian Harbor and the spectacular Venetian lighthouse. Be sure to bring your cameras.
  • Relax on Chrisi Akti beach, one of the most beautiful in Crete.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

Be sure to stop by Bougatsa Iordanis the originators of the Chaniá bougatsa. Bougatsa, phyllo pastry filled with a creamy cheese filling, is a local favorite. Chaniá bougatsa is unique from other bougatsa in Greece, perhaps because of its use of fresh, sweet mizithra cheese.

Shopping for Bargains

Skridloff (Leather Street) is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Chaniá and features a large selection of leather goods and souvenirs. For something more unique, venture into the shops along Anghelou or Halidon Street or visit the Local Artistic Handicrafts Association at the juncture of the old and new harbors.

Local Currency

The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of Greece. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.

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