50 photos that will inspire you to visit Chania

casa del amore
casa de l’ amore
love of music
love of music
espresso
espresso
sea sponges
sea sponges
octopus for lunch
octopus for lunch
we know your problem
we know your problem
through open doors
through open doors
eyes of a cafe
eyes of a cafe
ancient city of chania
ancient city of chania
chania ruins
ancient chania ruins
gated walls
gated walls
city living
city living
ruins under construction
ruins under construction
venetian ship houses
venetian ship yards
venetian wall
venetian wall
city bench
city bench
fish market
fish market
fish wrap
fish wrap
greek pride
greek pride
teptini
teptini
gelato
gelato
healing meditation
healing meditation
greek bougainvillea
greek bougainvillea
shopping in chania
shopping in chania
cafe lunch
lunch at a cafe with a freddo
soulvaki
street soulvaki
love stroll
love stroll
old streets
old streets
alley cat
alley cat
orange, cinnamon and anise
orange, cinnamon and anise
elevator delivery man
elevator delivery man
chania city streets and flowers
vespas and bougainvillea
chania harbor venetian wall
chania harbor and the venetian wall
ottoman rule
the ottoman rule
chania meat shop with raki
chania meat shop with complimentary raki
old venetian harbor sunset
old venetian harbor sunset
casa latina
casa latina
essence of chaina
essence of chaina
what lies above the door
what lies above the door
hand of fatima
hand of fatima
city ruins
city ruins
no pressing, no stressing
no pressing, no stressing
catholic church in chania
catholic church in chania
rundown gate in chania
iron gate
soap for the public
soap for the public
water spigot in chania
water spigot for all
the faced menu
the faced menu
chania art
chania art
alley stairs
alley stairs
primary colors in chania, greece
primary colors

Even though the streets are littered with spray painted walls, Chania is as breathtaking as can be.

Its history dates back to the Ottoman Empire, where you can find ancient Turkish baths now turned into fine dining restaurants. You can spend hours walking through hundreds of alley ways that are scattered with gorgeous art, delicious food and plenty of knick knack shops. Not to mention incredible ancient ruins that are tucked into every nook and cranny in the city (where you can explore freely). The alley ways are connected to an ancient Venetian harbor showcasing the beautiful Venetian Lighthouse. There is so much to do and see in Chania; including the Saturday street air market, car races, concerts and more. I can’t get enough of this vibrant city and its phenomenal history!

If you’re looking for a great little city in Crete with tons of history to explore for a few days to a week, Chania is your place. Check out Rethymno – another Venetian harbor east of Chania! Looking for a day-trip destination by the beach? Check out Platanias, the cute little beach town only 15 minutes away from Chania!

Have you been to Chania?! Let me know if you have and what you think of this ancient city in the comments below!