Grae and Dan's endless summer nights of 2016 travel blog

the harbour





narrow street

Ornate interior of the Orthodox Church

Greek Orthodox Church

Jewish synagogue

olives and cheeses, yummy for Dan - not so much for Grae


Chania is the second largest city of Crete and was sold after the Byzantium Era to the Venetians back in 1204 for 100 silver marks.

After a leisurely breakfast at one of the many tavernas opposite Nea Chora beach we walked along the coast and into the old town. This is where the Venetian Harbour, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants are all located. This is the tourist heart of Chania with old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops, some with genuinely interesting and sometimes local, products on offer. There are some lovely restored Venetian houses now converted into upmarket hotels.

It is a very popular tourist town with most shop owners speaking good English, especially the younger ones so not many disasters when ordering food and drinks. We've worked out that wine is much cheaper than beer and Retsina is an acquired taste!

There are no waves and the water is warm at the beach. Overnight all the sun lounges and beach umbrellas were set up all the way along the beach. We asked at one of the tavernas the next morning while having our breakfast and were told all the beachfront eateries had applied and been given approval to set up from 29 July for the summer. Apparently this year it was very late, in 2015 it was May and in 2014 it was April!

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