Beyond being the largest city in western Crete, Hania (Chania) is also one of the most attractive. Its small harbour and labyrinth of Turkish and Venetian buildings never fail to charm visitors. Colourful markets and exquisite cuisine add more dimensions to a fantastic Greek holiday destination.

Shops, cafes and tavernas line narrow, winding lanes, which lead to delicate stonework, white Orthodox churches and other photographic opportunities. Parts of the old city walls and buildings have also been excavated. Visitors can enjoy them during walks around town.

Hania's port area is the oldest and most interesting locale. Holidaymakers will find its many bars and restaurants busy at night, while its few museums are certainly worth visiting for history buffs. Hikers must venture through the famous Samaria Gorge.

Shopping

Holidaymakers should visit Hania's Municipal Market for good dining and souvenirs, and the famous Leather Street (Stivanadika) for leather items. Shoppers will also find many craft and jewellery establishments around the city.

Restaurants

Visitors will find many cafes, tavernas and restaurants around the harbour. The city also has a number of traditional establishments in the market area.

Nightlife

Hania has a number of clubs, with some quietly gay-friendly options.

Holiday activities

Hania has many good museums, especially the Maritime Museum. The city's gorgeous sand and pebble beaches offer sun, surf and relaxation, and day trips to Crete's myriad attractions are an option. Visitors will enjoy exploring the quaint narrow streets.

Any negatives?

The pavements in Hania are very narrow, so strolling along the streets can be a bit hazardous.

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