Beautiful, deep blue water. This is where you will find the "cool" people, both tourists and locals. The "really cool" people will tend to be sipping iced coffee, playing backgammon, and surreptitiously watching the common people. We common folk may play backgammon, although I cannot abide iced coffee in Chania nor elsewhere, or we may shop, eat at any of several restaurants or tavernas, or just walk along the edge of the usually very blue and even more beautiful rock promenade at the water's edge.
Fondest memory: The visual depth of the blue water
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Contact : KOTRONAKIS MANOLIS
Address : CHANIA-OLD TOWN - CENTER
Zipcode : 73133
City : HANIA - CRETE
Phone : +30 2821027040 - 27402
Fax : +30 2821027403
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st cities of Crete, Hania was conquered in 69 BC by the Romans. It was under the control of the Byzantines in 961 AD, and it became a Venetian colony in 1252. Venice's influence can still been seen today, seen in the great wall surrounding the city. In 1646, the city fell to the Ottoman Empire. And in 1913, at the end of the Ottoman rule, Crete was ceded to Greece, with Hania being made the capital. During the second World War in 1941, Cretans put up a great resistance to the airborne-invading Nazis.
The reason for the long history of war to control the city, lies in its strategic position in the Mediterranean. At the west end of Crete is in a great position for the trading industry.
At the entrance of Firkas castle, you can see this museum, which has models of ships, organs, paintings, photos etc. (in a chronological order).
Other museums in the city: Historical, Byzantine, Folkloric, Military, even Chemical!
On the same hill, you can see the graves of Sophocles Venizelos and Eleftherios Venizelos, great Greek politicians, who come from this region.
Eleftherios Venizelos is called ethnarch, as he managed to make Greece much bigger at the first decades of the 20th century (he was the prime minister). The airport of Athens has his name...
Favorite thing: Chania -basicly the old town- is better to be discovered on foot, and the fastest way too... At such streets you can see pictures of the past. These girls, maybe after many years, will tell the same stories to their grandchildren...
Favorite thing: The building of the municipal market was finished in 1913, there is a variety of products inside it. It is the only place where you can find some unique cretan green-stuff, which are very expensive (but healthy too!). It is located between the old and the new city.
Fondest memory: I remember arriving into town before sunrise. The town was still asleep and I felt as though I had the entire island to myself. After I found my pension I sat in the window overlooking the harbor and watched the sun come up and the daily ebb and flow of life begin.
Having walks and a coffee at the Old Town
Fondest memory: The Old Town of Chania doesn't cover a large area but is very beautiful. It is full of small alleys like the one in the photo. This is the street where I was staying.
Favorite thing: This hill is just 5 km east of Chania, the view of the city from it is the best you can have. A nice park with a wonderful garden is around the hill.
Favorite thing: Sunsets are everywhere admirable, especially at places that mind can be easily lost in thoughts, as at ports. Near it, you can see the old dockyards (15th-16th cent.), with domes.
Favorite thing: On the left, you can see the ottoman mosque of Hasan pasha (1645), the oldest turkish building of the island. The old port -venetian- of Chania is the biggest and maybe the most interesting in Crete.