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The city of Chania
The most poetic city of Crete when you walk through it leaves you
with a pleasant taste of beauty. Built on the ruins of ancient Kidonia it has
seen and survived many invaders, but has also tasted civilizations that left their
marks on building faces, castles, walls, antiquities, monasteries and churches.
The city has two entrances: the airport of Akrotiri, and the port of Souda (the
largest in the Mediterranean). The public market holds a master place in the center
of the city, a brilliant cross-shaped building that was completed in 1913, and
in proportion with the one in Marseilles. Near the city center the Public Garden
awaits you next to the "Peace and Friendship of the people" park. The gardens
are the prettiest in Crete, and also the public garden offers a small zoo with
animals from Cretan fauna.
The Venetian port picturesque any time and season is attractive to
visitors and locals, for it's beauty and for it's choices of entertainment for
all tastes and demands. The old city "intramural" districts preserve their Venetian
nobility. Narrow paved alleys are surrounded with tasteful renewed houses, from
various ages, are offered for a pleasant walk. Many neoclassic houses are also
saved in districts which "neighbor" with the city of Chania, like Halepa.
Το κείμενο παρατίθεται τον Σεπτέμβριο 2002 από την ακόλουθη ιστοσελίδα, με φωτογραφίες, του Δήμου Χανίων
Chania is the capital city of the prefecture of Chania. This beautiful
city on the north shore of Crete is about 1 hour (59km) from Rethimnon and 2 1/2
hours (137km) from Iraklion on the National Road. It is easily accessible from
Athens by regular flights a day during winter and summer. The International Airport
of Chania, 11km outside the city on the Akrotiri, also has regular flights to
other European countries. There is also a daily boat from Piraeus to Souda. Chania
is an ideal alternative to Iraklion for accessing and exploring the island. The
city is not as busy as Iraklion and has direct access to the other major cities
via the highway on the north side of the island.
This extract is cited Nov 2002 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.
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