The capital of Crete until 1971 Chania is Crete’s most charming city and for many its best-loved. The centre is a wonderful mix of Turkish and Venetian architecture that, for the most part, miraculously survived the bombers of World War II.
Laid out like a crucifix, the Agora market, built in 1911, is a delight with everything from buckets of sliced pig heads to gift wrapped herbs, from delicate mountain tea to Superman comics.
North of the museum lies the heart of Chania – the two Venetian ports. The eastern harbour has the slender Venetian lighthouse and the squat Mosque of the Janissaries built in 1625 with strange egg-shaped domes and spider leg arches.
To the west of Kastelli lies some of the finest, coastline in Crete. Tracks down from the main road to Falasarna certainly provide wonderful views of wrinkled rocks, clear blue sea, white sand.