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Hania city former capital of Crete until 1971 is unequivocally the most enjoyable of Crete’s larger towns. Venetian and Turkish buildings lining narrow alleys and stepped streets leading down to a scenic harbor.
Its shimmering waterfront, crumbling masonry and web of alleys, it is an extraordinarily attractive city, especially if you can catch it in spring when the Lefka Ori’s
snowcapped peaks seem to hover above the roofs.
Hania has plenty to fill a good day, the Venetian harbor, and a quartet of museums, but the greatest pleasure of all, perhaps, is to be had wandering the narrow streets and stepped alleyways of the old quarters, filled with Venetian and Turkish architectural gems. Add plentiful accommodation and taverns, excellent markets and shopping.
This is perhaps the most touristy street in Hania, and the major junction at the inland end (Platia 1866) marks the centre of town as well as anywhere. If you stand facing north at this junction, everything in front of and below you is basically the old walled city; behind and to either side lie the newer parts. To the east, Odos Yiannari leads past the market and eventually out to the main road or onto the Akrotiri peninsula, while to the west, Skalidhi leads out of town.
Ahead of you, Halidhon descends to the harbor and into the heart of the old town; some 70m from the junction is the animated Odhos Skridhlof (‘ Leather Street”), where traditionally leather-markets plied their trade. While many shops are now geared to tourists, prices for leather sandals, bags and the like remain the best in Crete.
Set back from the road, the cathedral, a modest 1860s building with little architectural merit, presides over Platia Mitropoleos.
Halidhon street 21 Tue-Sun 6pm. 2€ combined ticket with Byzantine Museum 3€The museum is housed in the Venetian-built church of San Francesco.
Cretan House Folklore Museum
Halidhon street 46 Mon-Fri 9am-3am & 6pm-9pm. Sat & Sun 9am-3pm 2€
Halidhon street ends at a square by the harbor-officially called Platia Sindrivani, but known simply as Harbour square. To the left, Akti Koundouriotou circles around the outer habour, crowed with outdoor cafes and taverns.
Akti Tombazi- open usually daily free entranceThe curius, domed profile of the Mosque of the Janissaries ( aka Hasan Pasa mosque) dominates the Harbor Square view.
Akti Koundouriotou Mon-Sat 9am-7 pm, Sun 10am-6pm 3€
The hefty bastion at the western end of the outer harbor houses Crete’s Naval Museum. Although largely of specialist interest, the enthusiasm here is infectious, and the model ships, maquettes of the town in Venetian times, old maps and working exhibits like the old harbor light are hard to resist.
Theotokopoulou 78 Tue-Sun 9am-4pm 2€
The old Venetian chapel of San Salvatore, has a tiny but beautifully displayed collection of mosaics, icons, jewellery, coins, sculpture and everyday objects, giving a fascinating insight into an era that’s largely overlooked- the entire period from early Christian to the end of The Venetian occupation in the 17th century.
Between the Renieri Gate and Halidhon street the emphasis is on taverns, bars and cafes .
Kondilaki is one of the busiest streets. This area was the medieval Jewish neighborhood.
Parodos Kondilaki Mon-Fri 10am-6pm etz-hayym-hania.org
Signed at the end of a small alley off the west side of Kondilaki street is Hania’s 15th century Etz Hayyim synagogueThe Etz Hayyim Synagogue is the only surviving remnant of the once Romaniote Jewish.
Romaniote Jews have lived in the territory of today's Greece for more than 2000 years. Their historic language was Yevanic, a dialect of the Greek language After being restored, the synagogue (with its Mikveh) has become a tourist destination and has attracted visits from foreign dignitaries like Queen Sofía of Spain, the sister of the former King Constantine II of Greece, who made a sudden and unannounced visit to the site on March 6, 2006.
Today the community is a symbol of a good living together.