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Chania (say “Hanya”) must be the loveliest port town in Greece. Swallows soar in sheer blue skies above the semicircle of tall Venetian houses around its picture-perfect Old Harbour. The tables of scores of bars and restaurants line the quayside. Behind the harbour front, narrow, traffic-free shopping lanes thread through the atmospheric Old Town. On either side of the town, sandy beaches stretch along the coast.


Population 53,500 in the town and 70,000 in the greater Chania area.
Currency Euro, 1€=100 cents
Opening hours Traditional local shop hours are generally Mon-Sat from 8 am to 2.30 pm, and also from 5 pm to 8 pm on Tue and Thu. Shops catering mainly to tourists are usually open every day of the week from 9 am–10 pm.
Newspapers Chaniotika Nea
Crete Gazette
Emergency numbers Ambulance 166
Police 100
Fire 199
Tourist information The tourist office is called GNTO.
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 7.30 am - 2.30 pm
40 Kriari Street (off 1866 Square)
+30 28210 92943