Greco-Italia: Venetian Port of Chania

Crete is without doubt one of the most famed and romantic islands of Greece, known for its hospitable and vibrant inhabitants, rich history, and countless breathtaking views. A center for trade and commerce with a diverse cultural past, the port of Chania, which has been occupied by Genoans, Venetians, and Turks is one such spot.

The port’s construction began during the Venetian period in 1320 but was halted because inconvenient natural weather conditions did not allow ships to easily approach the port. The unfinished project was abandoned and then unmaintained during the reign of the Turks in the mid 17th century. When Crete was assigned to Mehmet Ali of Egypt as a gift for his services to the Sultan in the 1821 Greek revolution, the value of the port of Chania as a center for trade was reevaluated, and orders were made to clean out the basin, refurbish the area, and construct a lighthouse.

This lighthouse is now a landmark for the city of Chania, often photographed against a striking romantic sunset. Thanks to the maintenance it has received until today, the port of Chania attracts many visitors who flock to the various restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops along the waterfront. The lighthouse and port area of Chania are beautiful sights to see at any time of day. In the summer nighttime, small local bars, clubs, and taverns just feet away from the water with a view of the lighthouse are packed with visitors, locals, and nightlife enthusiasts. For more information on Chania, visit Chania.gr.