Short stop in Chania, Crete

On my way to a month-long intensive 200 hour yoga teacher training with Swaha Yoga led by Tanya Popovich in Paleochora, Crete (aka Kreta)  I had the chance to spend a few days in Chania (pronounce Hania), the second largest town on the island of Crete, Greece.

Built in the 1300’s, the beautiful Venetian harbor in the port of Chania is definitely a magical place to experience, I felt as though I was in the center of a culturally rich place where with a well-preserved history. There are many historical sites to check out around the harbor including the Venetian church of Aghios Frankiskos, which now houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania, and the Firka fortress, which now serves as Chania’s Maritime Museum, just across from the town’s picturesque lighthouse.


Chania Lighthouse
Bastion of St. Nicholas and the harbor walls extendinding from the lighthouse


In this beautiful little port town you will find a line of coachmen waiting to give you a ride around town on horse drawn carriages, adults and children playing traditional Kretan music, great seafood restaurants, little souvenir shops and friendly people who seem to be enjoying the slow life.

One of my favorite parts about the town was the Public Garden, there are little paddocks of goats, peacocks and other animals, endless spots of shade and benches to sit, and there’s free wifi!

Locals selling natural sponges off the boat
Gialia Tzamissi (“Seaside Mosque”) on the left
Venetian Shipyard
Ships at the dock






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