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Chania Crete Island
 

Chania is situated on the western part of Crete. The landscape varies in Chania area; there are exotic sandy beaches with crystal clear seas, high green mountains, gorges, like the famous gorge of Samaria as well as traditional mountain and coastal villages. It is worth visiting also the impressive monasteries of the area.

Chania town is the most charming place and consists of the old and the new town. While the new town is just a modern city with no special interest in terms of beauty and architecture, the old town concentrates all the sights of Chania.

The Old walled town is an area with outstanding Venetian buildings from the 15th century. The town is centered around the pretty Venetian harbor. it includes areas such as the Venetian neighborhood of Topanas at the western quarter with the finest Venetian mansions and Spiantzia north-east of the city with the church of Agios Nikolaos, which was turned into a mosque. Other sights are the Firkas fort, which was built in 1629 and used as a prison for Cretan insurgents, the large walls of the Venetian fortress built in 1540, Kasteli on the eastern side of the port and Sindrivani square, which was a meeting-place for intellectuals in the early 20th century. In the old town of Chania except the historical monuments, there are many excellent restaurants, bars and small shops. The grater area is full of fine hotels of all categories.
 
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