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Chania Town holidays.
Holidays in Chania Town a Beautiful and atmospheric old town well positioned on the western coast of Crete, about 9 miles from the airport. Chania holidays are based around the Old Town, serving self catering holidays, also popular for family holidays in Crete and an interesting picturesque neighbourhood of narrow paved lanes, flower-decked houses, tastefully renovated buildings, attractive gardens, walls, castles, churches, monasteries, ancient sites, art galleries and museums. Chania has a rich and varied cultural heritage having been occupied by the Venetians and being the island capital under the Turks. The Venetian harbour area is the centre of Chania holiday nightlife; a colourful and friendly area full of tavernas, restaurants and bars with plenty of atmosphere until late at night. There’s a cosmopolitan mix of flashier places by the waterfront and more traditional places for the locals in the narrow backstreets. Chania has some of the best shops in Crete and a notable public market in the town centre.
The main focal point of Chania is its quaint Venetian style harbour fringed by waterside restaurants and café bars, whilst to the west of Chania, long sandy beaches and small shingle coves make up the coastline.
Chania Town is located in the eastern shore of Crete . The town has managed to preserve its architectural aspects and heritage. And this despite the growing tourism. It considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Greece . It is divided in different neighbourhs, all with a special history and charm. The town offers hotels and accommodation as well as taverns and cafes but most of them are located in the resorts of the rest of the prefecture.
Beaches in Chania Town comprise of soft sand or coloured pebbles as well as plenty of deserted coves and lovely bays. Many of the beaches are located on the northern coast of Crete and on the southern one, all with crystalline waters.
Eating out in Chania Town Crete is a national pastime and a leisurely pleasure. Whether dining at a local taverna or an elegant restaurant, Greeks take their time over food. The native cuisine is delightfully uncomplicated and quite different from what’s found in Greek restaurants abroad. Much of the cooking relies on simple seasonings and fresh meat and vegetables. It’s common for Greeks to make a lunch of mezedes, or hors d’oeuvres. Typical dishes include fried meatballs, squash balls, octopus, shrimp, squid, cheese, olives, stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki, small sausages and giant beans. You can find mezedes at an ouzeri serving ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur or at a mezedopolio serving locally produced wine or beer, both of these types of restaurants are open only during the day. For the evening meal, Greek tavernas serve such specialties as moussaka lamb, eggplant and bechamel sauce, kabobs, pastitsio lamb or goat meat with macaroni and tomatoes, stifado braised beef with onions and paidakia grilled lamb or goat chops.The cost of dinner for one, not including drinks, start 7 euro A lot of restaurants, Greek Tavernas, ouzeri, you will find in all tourist areas of Chania Town.
Within Chania Town Crete The covered market is in the centre of the city and has the form of a cross. The market of Chania stands in the place of the main entrance of the Venetian fort that surrounded the city. Materials from the fort were used to build the market. The market was built in 1913. Inside the market of Chania there are many shops, such as bakeries, grocery shops, fish, meat and cheese stores. In those shops one can also find many traditional cretan products.
Chania Town holiday Resort, filled with beautiful ancient visions and places to see. Despite the fact that during World War II Chania’s Old Town was bombed heavily, it is still considered to be the most beautiful urban district located on Crete. The central area of the old town, Kasteli, has been inhabited since the Neolithic times, and is found on a small hill next to the seafront. The Old Town’s main square is the Eleftherios Venizelos Square. Here you will find the heart of activities for tourists. Other beautiful landmarks to visit while in Chania are found in Kasteli. The Kasteli Archaeological Area and part of the Byzantine walls are very popular destinations to see. The remains of the Government House of Palazzo of the Venetians dates back to the 17th century, and the former Santa Maria de Miracoli Monastery was constructed in 1615. In Splantzia you will find the Dominican Monastery of St. Nicholas from the early 14th century, the Church of St. Rocco from the early 17th century, and the Minaret of St. Nicholas. Head to the shore, and on the harbor you will find the Faros, a lighthouse from the 15th century. Other things to see on the harbor include the Mosque of the Janissaries, the Venetian Shipyards, Neoria, from the late 16th century, and the Bulwark of St. Nicholas of Molos.