Main city of Chania prefecture
The city of Chania is located on the north-east part of the Prefecture of Chania. It is the capital of the prefecture, it has an airport and the port of Souda, the largest natural port of the Mediterranean.
A visit at the Old Town of Chania is a must if you stay in Chania. Once you get at the Old Port, in front of the famous Sintrivani (fountain), head to Skridlof str, or else, "Stivanadika". This street got its name form the Cretan "stivania", the traditional Cretan boots. In Sifaka str. you can buy a Cretan knife from the shops called "machairadika". Continouing your way up to Zampeliou str. and Theotokopoulou str. you will discover all the secrets of Old Town.
In its many narrow backstreets, which begin behind the Old Port and Neoria, you will come across with many beautiful picturesque spots, hidden arches,stone build Venetian buildings, walls, as well as small shops, where many hidden surprises await you! You will also have the chance to take unique photos.
On the promenade, you will also find many bars and restaurants for every taste. The districts of the city outside the walls still preserve their Venetian nobility. Narrow passages surrounded by elegant houses built in different historical periods offer visitors pleasant routes to discover.
The city of Chania is also characterized by a rich cultural life. A plethora of cultural events are organized every year (exhibitions, festivals, theatrical and musical performances, ect.
The Municipal Market is one of the most central spots in the city, hosted in a 1913 building. In a short distance from the center, there is the Municipal Garden and next to it, the park "Eirinis kai Filias" (meaning, the "park of peace and friendship. The Municipal Garden is one of the most beautiful in Crete, and it also includes a small zoo with animals of the Cretan fauna.