Chania is thought to be one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and has often been called the Venice of Crete thanks to its beautiful Venetian architecture. Different civilizations have flourished here throughout the centuries and have all left their mark in the little alleyways which wend their way through the Old Town. This part of Chania is built around the Venetian harbour; you'll also find Turkish buildings here dating from the time when Chania was the first Cretan city to fall to the Turks. Around the crescent-shaped harbour you'll find many excellent restaurants, bars and little shops, as well as the famous indoor market, with its fascinating array of provisions.
South of Chania lies the famous Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe, which begins just below the Omalos plateau. Its width varies from 3m to 150m and its vertical walls reach 500m at the highest point. The gorge has an incredible number of wildflowers and is also home to a large number of endangered species, including the Cretan wild goat, the kri-kri. Definitely worth a visit.
Where to stay
The hotel's situation right by the old Venetian harbour is perfect for exploring this wonderful city.
Porto del Colombo is located in a fully renovated Venetian building in the heart of Chania's old town a few metres from the old harbour.
"This form can't convey how good we felt the service you provided was - each hotel seemed better than the last with the Palazzo Greco being absolute standout! The only complaint we had was the noise the night we stayed in Chania which went on until 5.00 am. If we did it again we wouldn't stay in the centre of Chania. The visit to Spinalonga was everything we anticipated and more."
J Hanson, UK, June, 2017