The Venetian harbor with the lighthouse is a hallmark of the city of Chania. Today attracts many visitors and the inhabitants, during the summer months. Many restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars along the beach are ideal for relaxing hours of leisure and entertainment.
Built by the Venetians from 1320 until 1356. Manufactured in Firka fort at the harbor entrance in the west and is enhanced by the Bastion of St. Nicholas of Molos on the breakwater. The Ottoman period the Venetian harbor, although constituted trade center, left to its fate. Only in the years of Egyptian occupation (1831-1841) starts again repair works and refurbished and the lighthouse.
From the late 19th century the Venetian port is unable to serve the largest ships of the era and gradually abandoned and used the large natural port of Souda which today serves the commercial and passenger traffic in western Crete.
Worth seeing the Venetian harbor from west to east:
The Aptera, which is approximately 15 km. From the city of Chania and above the Souda Bay, was the Minoan years one of the most important cities - states of Crete. Located in an extensive plateau with an altitude of 200 meters. with a stunning view to Souda Bay.
HOW TO GET THERE: By rental car or private taxi … distance about 25 minutes ie 15 km.
The Minoan palace is the main site of Knossos, an important city in antiquity, with continuous life from the Neolithic period until the 5th century. A.D. It is built on the hill of Kefalas, with easy access to the sea and the island of Crete. According to tradition, it was the seat of the wise King Minos. Exciting myths of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and of Daedalus and Icarus, connected with the palace of Knossos.
The first excavations were made in 1878 by Herakleion Minos Summer. Followed by the excavations conducted by the Englishman Sir Arthur Evans (1900-1913 and 1922-1930), who uncovered the whole palace.
HOW TO GET THERE: by taking a bus from the bus arrive at Bus Station Heraklion, from there take bus to take you to Knossos.
Hours: Winter hours: 08-00-15: 00
Summer: 08: 00-19: 00
Ticket price: 6,00 Euro
Phone: +30 2810 231940
Fax: +30 2810 241515