Ancient myths & charming villages
Crete is an ancient land of myths—of the labyrinth, its fearsome Minotaur, and Icarus, who flew too close to the sun in his attempt to escape.
Inhabited since Neolithic times, it was the center of Europe’s oldest civilization, the Minoan, and over the centuries every major power has passed through and left its mark: Greece, Rome, Byzantium, Arabia, and later Venice and the Ottoman Empire. Chania was at one time a city-state itself, competing with others on the island for primacy.
The surrounding countryside features many small and charming villages, green fields of olive and citrus trees, and a rugged wilderness of gorges and caves.
Built in the late 1530s, this fort has had many purposes over the years. In 1913 it was the site where King Constantine witnessed the raising of the Greek flag, signifying the reunification of Crete with Greece.
An integral part of the expansion and modernization of the harbor in the late 1500s, the lighthouse stands as a city landmark. Enjoy a walk along the harbor to get a closer view.
A monument to Chania’s importance as a trading center for the Venetian Republic, the dockyards are where great merchant ships came for repairs and refitting. Crete was once heavily forested and supplied a great deal of lumber for shipbuilding.
Many of the original dockside warehouses have been remarkably well preserved.
Chania (Souda),Crete, Greece At a glance