The Municipal Garden is a green “oasis” in the city center of Chania. Home to many species of trees, shrubs, fruit-bearing and ornamental plants as well as a small zoo with animals of the Cretan fauna. The site houses the cafe “Kipos”, one of the most historic European cafes, operating since 1870, the municipal children’s Library, the open air cinema which remains totally related to the summer of the locals and the famous ancient sycamore tree with its impressive aerial roots. On the northeast side of the Municipal Garden of Chania, stands The Watchtower that was built in 1924, which nowadays is one of the most striking monuments of the city.
The Archaeological Museum of Chania is housed in the monastery of St. Francis – an impressive building from an architectural point of view. The museum accommodates a wide collection of antiquities, with exhibits from the Neolithic Age to the Roman years. The gallery also features Minoan finds from the city of Chania and prehistoric finds from the caves and graves of the Geometric period. Additionally, in the courtyard of the museum there are several sculptures in a wonderful garden with flowers, like a marble fountain with lion heads and a beautiful Turkish fountain. A visit in this atmospheric museum downtown, is totally worth it.
For the visitors, the Lighthouse is the most famous attraction of the Old Venetian Harbor. It has been captured in thousands of photos, at any time of year, at any time of day or night, along with smiling faces and wonderful formations of the lights and the sky. Reaching the height of 21 meters and with its light visible from a distance of 7 miles, it undoubtedly holds a place among the most spectacular lighthouses of the Mediterranean.
For the locals, the Lighthouse is not only a beautiful sight, but a symbol as well. Even in difficult times or when everything keeps changing, it stands there, proud and majestic, at the same place for 5 centuries. Braving the storm or enjoying the tranquility of the sea, it constantly reminds us of an old, sweet memory and with its glowing presence, it symbolizes the bright hope for the future.
Built on the edge of the Old Venetian Harbor, at the entrance of the historic Firkas Fortress, the Maritime Museum invites visitors to a wonderful trip in time. All the long naval history of the area, gathered on land: Ship models, paintings, photographs, nautical instruments, maps, torpedoes and sea relics recovered from the seabed… More than 2.500 exhibits telling the rich maritime history of Crete in the most vivid way.
The municipal market is in the heart of of Chania city centre and is a place of intense professional activity uniting different generations in family business. As a distinct, cross-shaped building (a reference to the idea of ancient Greek markets), it is considered an architectural “jewel” of the Balkan region. Tempting flavors, original Cretan dishes, enthusiastic marketers, sweet smiles and witty conversations, set up a welcoming atmosphere for every visitor. Although it’s been more than 100 years since its opening, it still stands imposing, attracting both tourists and locals on a daily basis. Even if you are just passing outside, you will inevitably take a look for a moment, to admire this truly magnificent monument.