Chania: Crete’s Colorful Harbor City

Chania Crete

With a mix of Venetian and Turkish accents, Greece’s largest and most populous island of Crete feels both exotic and charming. Our last Greek port of call on our cruise itinerary was for the alluring harbor of Chania and the colorful city was quite possibly my favorite stop.

The site of present-day Chania has been conquered over the millennia many times over by Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Turks leaving behind Ottoman architecture, Venetian mansions, and a historic Venetian lighthouse watching over the city’s picturesque harbor.

The island is prized for its olive oil and as we wandered along Chania’s charming harbor front with its tangle of twisting alleyways lined with shops and cafes just behind, we made sure to sample several of a local favorite delicacy, Kalitsounia, a small hand pie filled with cheese and herbs.

We started our day under beautiful azure blue skies as we walked around the harbor to the lighthouse and by the time we retraced our steps back to the many restaurants that ring the harbor front the wind had picked up and gray clouds had taken over the sky. Never fear though, by the time we finished lunch and our billionth serving of lamb shawarma and tzatziki of the trip, sunny skies were smiling back down on us!

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Chania Crete

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