Visit the Old Market and the city center. Browse the local shops. Everything is just minutes away from the property!
Old Town Market
The public market, an illustrious building in the shape of a cross, which has completed in 1913 is modeled on the style of Marseilles. A sign of the prosperity of the town, with the commercial stores around it and to the south, it sells all the produce of the Cretan soil. Always full of people, id stands as a reference and starting point for an introduction to the town.
Splantzia & Agios Nikolaos Church
North-east of the old town of Chania, is the Splantzia district. The Splantzia Square has a big maple tree and is surrounded by cafeterias. There you can see the unique church of Agios Nikolaos (St Nicholas), this chuch is another Greek Orthodox church but the is one vital difference with the other churches. It has the peculiarity to have a turkish minar attached to the church! A muslim part of the old Dominican friary, which was converted into the Mosque of Sultan Ibrahim during the Turkish period.
The church of St Nicholas was converted into a barracks for the Turkish Janissaries, but was also their place of daily prayer. The church was renamed “Hügar Tzamissi”, probably a corruption of “Hükümdar Tzamissi”, meaning “Mosque of the Sovereign”. It housed the scimitar of the Turkish dervish who was the first to enter the city, a sacred and miraculous relic to the Turks. The minaret which was added to the church has two distinctive circular balconies.
Nearby is the church of San Rocco, a round Venetian church which is no longer in use. St Rocco protected the inhabitants of Chania from the plague, a sign that the scourge of Europe in the Middle Ages did not leave Chania untouched.
During the Turkish period, the Splantzia was the Turkish quarter, the equivalent of the Christian quarter in Sindrivani Square in the harbour, the centre of the social and political life of Chania.
After visiting the Old Market you can walk Dimokratias street and reach the City Park. It is located in the center of the city next to the stadium. Ideal for those who seek shade and tranquility inside the city.
Walking down the Old Harbour at the end of it you will meet Koum Kapi (Sabionera 1590 a.c. ;translation: Sand Gate) was the original name that was given from the Venetians because of the sandy beach; the trademark of the lion is St. Markous. Originally there were 3 gates surrounding the walls but this is the only one remaining after the turkish invation. The turks renamed the area Koum-Kapishi which means in turkish "Sand Gate".The gate had a huge wooden castle-styled door but it was destroyed also in 1645. Nowdays this area is full of cafeterias.
One of the most popular spots offering a panoramic view of Chania are the Venizelos family tombs, a few kilometres east of the city, on the road to Akrotiri and the airport. You can use a car to get there or take the bus that leaves outside the Old Market *Blue City Bus number 18 or 23.
Here, at the small church of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah), are the tombs of the famous Greek prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos and his son Sophocles. The tombs are set in a pretty park with a panoramic view of Chania. This place is ideal to enjoy the magnificent sunset and talking pictures.
Eleftherios Venizelos, one of the most important figures in modern Greek history, was born in Crete in 1864 and died in self-imposed exile in Paris in 1936. He chose his burial site himself, a few kilometres east of his house in Halepa. His body was brought from Paris and entombed here, while in 1965 a tomb was built for his son Sophocles, who served as Prime Minister of Greece from 1943 to 1952.
In the same spot is the statue of Spyros Kayales. On 9 February 1897, during the great bombardment of the Cretan revolutionaries by the fleet of the Great Powers, he made his body a flagpole to hold aloft the Greek flag, which had been shot down by the shells. Captain Kanevaro of the Italian forces wrote at the captains log that he stopped the bombardment after admiring the passion and courage of this man.
After visiting Venizelos tombs you can enjoy your coffee, salad or dessert (which are famous) at one of the two cafeterias that are located just next to the area (Koukouvagia & Nymfes).