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Sightseeing in Chania

Sightseeing in Chania has never been easier thanks to Chania Elegance Suites, a pleasant stroll away from the Old Venetian Harbor, in the historic heart of Koum Kapi and steps away from the Courts Square.

Today, Chania enchants visitors with its blend of Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman influences. A mere 800 meters’ stroll from Chania Elegance Suites leads you to the Venetian Old Port, where you can delve into the city’s rich history. Whether exploring charming parks, sipping coffee in cozy cafes, or savoring delicious meals in local restaurants, Chania promises an unforgettable experience. Its culturally significant atmosphere invites you to immerse yourself in the secrets of this beautiful city.

Below are just a handful of recommended points of interest our guests might like to explore, while enjoying their stay at Chania Elegance Suites near Chania town.

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Chania Courthouse (Dikastiria) stands out as a distinctive neighborhood within the new city of Chania. Adjacent to the courthouse building, you’ll find the charming Eleftherias Square and the grand Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul.

The square in front of the courthouse, known as Eleftherias Square (which translates to “Freedom Square” in Greek), features a statue of Eleftherios Venizelos, a prominent politician in modern Greece. His influence in shaping Greece after World War I and the Balkan Wars is significant. Behind the courthouse lies the big Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul, a popular venue for religious events like weddings and christenings. This church is among the largest in the new city of Chania.

Chania Courthouse itself is an impressive four-story neoclassical building. Interestingly, it was originally constructed as a hospital in the 19th century. Today, it houses the Chania Courthouse (Dikastiria) and offices of the Chania Prefecture. The neighborhood bustles with activity not only during the day when the courthouse is open but also in the evenings. It has become a favorite spot for locals, travelers, and digital nomads, offering a vibrant mix of cafes, restaurants, and shops. Additionally, the area boasts some of the most modern apartment and office buildings in Chania city.

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Old Venetian Harbour

Chania Old Venetian Harbour is a must-visit site in Chania, Crete. It boasts breathtaking sunsets and rich historical significance. Constructed by the Venetians between 1320 and 1356, the harbor was once a major hub for Eastern Mediterranean commerce.
The harbor served both Venetian military ships and protected Crete’s waters from pirates. On the northern side of the harbor, you’ll find the ruins of an old fortress, including a tiny chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas.
The larger Firka Fortress, situated opposite the lighthouse, played a crucial role in safeguarding the island from intruders. Today, it stands as a museum.
Inside the old harbor, seven remaining “arsenali” (dry-docks) were originally built by the Venetians between 1461 and 1599 for ship construction and repairs.
Unfortunately, many of these structures were destroyed during German bombings in 1941. The Chania Lighthouse, the harbor’s most distinctive feature, was initially constructed by the Venetians. Later, the Egyptians restored it between 1830 and 1840.
Today, this historic lighthouse stands tall, offering captivating views and serving as one of the most photographed spots on the island of Crete.

Archaeological Museum of Chania

The New Archaeological Museum of Chania is a contemporary building located in the Halepa area. Covering an impressive 6,000 square meters, it houses approximately 3,500 archaeological artifacts, a thousand more than its predecessor. The museum’s design adheres to bioclimatic principles and sustainability. In addition to exhibition spaces, it features a conference center, areas for temporary exhibits, educational programs, and cultural events. The thematic sections guide visitors through prehistoric settlements and historical cities in the Chania region, shedding light on aspects such as social organization, religion, trade, and daily life. Notably, the museum’s collection includes 1,062 ancient objects, spanning from the late 4th millennium BCE to the 3rd century CE, with a significant portion originating from Crete

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Koum Kapi

Koum Kapi, situated just outside the eastern walls of Chania’s old city, boasts a rich history and captivating views. The district’s name, Koum Kapi, stems from the Turkish phrase “Kum Kapisi,” which translates to “Gate of Sand.” This gate, originally known as Sabbionara during Venetian rule, marked the eastern end of Chania’s ancient walls and led to a stunning sandy beach. Over time, Koum Kapi transformed from a village inhabited by poor Bedouins from North Africa (brought here by the Ottomans for port-related labor) to the vibrant and clean neighborhood we see today. Greek refugees from Asia Minor settled here in 1924, contributing to its cultural diversity. KoumKapi offers breathtaking sea vistas and hosts charming cafes and taverns. Its proximity to the Old Town of Chania makes it a captivating corner of the city, blending history with modern allure. Take a leisurely stroll through Koum Kapi and imagine the stories hidden within its walls and streets.

Our area as well as the surrounding area of Chania has a lot to offer to anyone who wants to have fun, to explore and learn more about the place and the history of our town.

Agios Onoufrios Beach : 900m

Kalathas Beach : 3.5km

Venizelos Graves : 3.5km

Municipal Market of Chania :7.5km

Chania Old Venetian Harbour : 7.8km

The Holy Monastery of Agia Triada : 8.7km

Stavros Beach : 9.0km

Seitan Limania Beach : 13km

Platanias : 23km

Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete : 25km

Samaria Gorge : 55km

Balos Beach : 65km

Falassarna Beach : 65km

Elafonisi Lagoon : 86km