Exploring Cities, Crete Island
Chania (Hania) is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants.
As for me Chania is one of the nicest towns in Crete with wonderful houses, parks and squares and a well designed town-plan.
Visit Public Market in the town center with grocery stores, butchers' shops, fish market and vegetable shops; Maritime Museum of Chania and the magnificent Venetian lighthouse, built on the 16 century and restored by the Egyptians.
Chania was the birth place of one of the greatest statesman of the new Hellenic Republic - Eleftherios Venizelos. There is a museum of Venizelos (the headquater of the Foundation Eleftherios K. Venizelos) located in his residence in Chalepa (Chania). During my visit the guide of this foundation opened to me many interesting facts from Venizelos life.
Address: Elena Venizelou Square, Chalepa, 73133 Chania
Rethymnon is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and it is built between two other large cities of Crete. In the east is Iraklion (80 km) and to the west is Chania (60 km).
It lies along the north coast, having to the east one of the largest sand beaches in Crete (12 km) and to the west a rocky coastline that ends up to another large sand beach after 10 km.
The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, small Venetian harbor and narrow streets.
There is always fresh fish to be found in the tavernas around the harbor.
Heraklion is the biggest city in Crete (and fifth in Greece) with a population in excess of 120000. It concentrates most of the economical activity of the island, and is the main port of entry to Crete for the majority of visitors.
History is very much alive in Heraklion just like in most Greek cities. All around the old part of the city ,you can walk following the old Venetian walls that meet at a bastion, called "Koules", that dominates the old harbour of the city .
Favorite thing: There is a fun park in Rethymno very close to the city that you can spend some very pleasant hours...
Favorite thing: There two ports in Rethymno, the new one, for the modern and big ships and the old one, for small boats. The second is very nice to walk arround it or to stay for an ice cream or for a refreshment...
Favorite thing: In Rethymno there is an old castle called Fortezza near the port. Arround this you can find nice places for coffee or food with nice view...
Favorite thing: Rethymno is the third biggest city in Crete. Its at the western side of Herakleio,an hour about trip..
Favorite thing: Chanioporta is an old wall door.Herakleio, has castle walls arround the city. These were build 400 years ago....
Favorite thing: A view of Herakleio from Coule.Herakleio is the 4th biggest city of Greece and it has shopping centers, universities, big hospitals like every big city.If the roads were better...
Favorite thing: This is Coule castle! At the top, the summer time there are some happenings like live concerts,theater and other shows..
Favorite thing: Herakleio is the capital of Crete and the main port. At the port there is a big castle called Coule.
Favorite thing: This is the old port at Chania.Its very nice to walk there, to get a coffee or to eat watching the port...
Favorite thing: The first thing that you are going to see in Agios Nikolaos is the lake close to the port.This lake is connecting withe sea and its very very deep!
Favorite thing: Agios Nikolaos is a city at the eastern part of Crete.At the summer time is full of people, most of them tourists..
hmmmmmm...... A VERY beautiful town...
Chania is one of the nicest towns in Crete, with wonderful houses, parks and squares.
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