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Chaniá is the second largest city of Crete, and one of the most beautiful. It lies along the north coast of the island at the east end of the Gulf of Chaniá. Chaniá is the site of the ancient Minoan settlement the Greeks called Cydonia (Kydonia), which was mentioned in Virgil's Aeneid. The site has been continuously inhabited from Neolithic times-at least 5000 years. The city's rich history can be traced through historic buildings and monuments with Venetian, Turkish and Greek architecture.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.