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The most poetic town of Crete gives you a taste of beauty when you stroll through it. Built on the site of ancient Kydonia, it has seen and lived through many invaders. The tastes of different civilizations have left their stamp on the facades of the buildings, on castles and walls, ancient sites, monasteries and churches. The town has two entrances: the airport in Akrotiri (the most advanced in Greece) and the port of Souda (the largest port in Mediterranean). All the streets lead to the market square the centre of the town. The public market, an illustrious building in the shape of a cross, which was completed in 1913, is modelled on the style of Marseilles.

A sign of the prosperity of the town, with the commercial stores around it and to the south, it sells all the produce of the Cretan soil. Always full of people, it stands as a reference and starting point for an introduction to the town. Only five minutes walking distance from the centre the public gardens await you, situated between the streets of Dimokratias and Tzanakaki and next to the park of peace and friendship of the nations. The gardens are the most beautiful in Crete and have a pastry and coffee shop. The public garden also has a small zoo, which includes Cretan animals such as the “kri-kri” as well as Cretan plants and trees. The old quarter of the town “inside the walls” still keeps its Venetian gentility.

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Narrow, paved sidewalks are surrounded by elegantly restored houses (Venetian and Turkish) which nowadays have become rooms for rent, shop selling popular art and tourist goods, of Cretan Style restaurantsThe old port is picturesque at any time of the day or season and is a center of attraction for visitors and locals alike, as much for its beauty, as for the varied choice of entertainment there choices such as fish taverns and restaurants for the gourmet, coffee shops and cake shops to meet with friends, bars and night clubs for all tastes and ages. But the real walker can enjoy a stroll starting from Koum-Kapi and ending at the Lighthouse or Nea Hora. East of the port the visitor will encounter the historical square of Splanzia, where he will set his eyes on the church of Agios Nicholas (1204) with the Turkish minaret and the church of Agios Rokkos (1630) which dates back to the renaissance.

Around the square there are scattered neighbourhoods with a strong Turkish influence. Beyond the tourist and historical centre of Chania and past the walls of the old city, the visitor can visit the historical quarters of Halepa with the aristocratic houses from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century and the "tabakaria" neighbourhood. There he will gaze upon the Palace of Prince Georgios and the residence of Eleftherios Venizelos which houses the National Foundation of Research "Eleftherios K. Venizelos", with his statue which has been erected in the square, the French Academy (1860) the Russian church of Agia Magdalini and the church of Evangelistria.