Chania

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Sheep on the road
We flew into Chania but we haven't seen anything of the city that night, therefore we decided to do some sightseeing there. A friend told me that the city is really worth a visit. Chania is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania Prefecture. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km west of Rethymno and 145 km west of Heraklion.

It's a 2 - 2 1/2 hours drive across the white mountains through tiny villages and agricultural areas which was quite nice.
A church along the road
Chania itself is very chaotic and it was more an accident than a plan to catch a parking place. It looks so easy if you have the map in front of you but reality is difficult - lol. After an odyssey through the city we finally found one which wasn't too far away from the old town center.

At first we went to the market hall because I read in my guide book that it's only open until noon. The 1913 indoor market ("Agora"), a large building based on the market of Marseille, is on the edge of the old town and is popular with tourists and locals alike. It was interesting to see fish, veggies, fruits, tourist knickknacks, clothes and other things which have been sold there. Additional to that you find taverns and cafés.

Then we headed outside and found ourselves in tiny alleys crowded with people, goods to sell, tavern, cafés and bars. It was a colourful mix of tourists and local people.
A church along the road
  We strolled through the alleys without a plan and suddenly we saw the venetian harbour in front of us. Since noon was already over and we were a bit hungry we decided to sit down on a bench at the harbour and eat the grapes we bought at the market and watch the tourist boats coming in. A strong wind was going and it made me a bit seasick watching the tourist boats swinging on the waves ;) Nobody could force me to enter one of these.

The main attraction at the harbour is the light house which unfortunately was closed for the public but still worth a visit. The whole harbour area is a party mile with taverns, cafés, bars and souvenir shops. My photos say more than words can say.

Around 5 p.m. we decided to drive back to the hotel since we were exhausted from walking and having the crowd around. I'm not used to soooo many people - lol.

On our way back we didn't drive across the mountains. We took the new National road instead. The distance is longer but it's easier to drive and faster since you don't have all those serpentines in the mountains.

The sun sets around 7 p.m. and we were just a few kilometers towards our hotel and we had an amazing view on the bay. I asked Klaus to stop somewhere to enjoy it and take some photos. It was very romantic - lol. And I didn't go before the sun sunk in the ocean ;)
 

aloneinthecrowd says:
Hoi Huib :) Yes, we did since Rodakino was at the end of the world - lol.
Posted on: Oct 23, 2009
huibdos says:
I think you were driving in circles, and saw the church along the road several times:)
Posted on: Oct 23, 2009
jessica0606 says:
great blog, i ve been to Chania and its really nice!
Posted on: Oct 22, 2009
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Sheep on the road
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Sunset over Koraka Beach
Sunset over Koraka Beach
Sunset over Koraka Beach
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Sunset over Koraka Beach
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Sunset over Koraka Beach
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photo by: kalita_piskot