Chania audio tour: Chania's Turbulent History: A Tour of the Old Town

Chania's Turbulent History: A Tour of the Old Town

Walking Tour

90 mins

About the Tour

Did you know that Chania has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period? We’d love to share the amazing history of this little town with you. You’ll discover its remarkable architecture along the way, including a magnificent lighthouse, churches, mosques, shipyards and the old town’s well preserved houses. They’re a reminder of all the people and cultures that have influenced local life, from ancient times through to the Byzantine era, the Venetian occupation and Turkish rule. I’ll also point out the entertainment and cultural offerings that make the modern town so vibrant.

During this tour, I’ll give you local insight, share fun facts, and introduce you to Chania's cultural identity through storytelling. We’ll explore some secret spots and find the old town’s hidden treasures too.

Some of the stories you can look forward to include:

• The legend behind the Cathedral of Chania
• The history of Chania’s Jews
• The Venetian families that were powerful here, like the Renieri, Delfino and Colombo
• How Felice Napoleone Canevaro, Dominikos Theotokopoulos and Ioannis Daskalogiannis shaped the city
• The ancient city of Kydonia

This tour is a valuable introduction to Chania's turbulent history.
Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this walk. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars en route for a quick (or lengthy!) stop.


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Tour Producer


Alma de Creta

Alma de Creta consists of inspired individuals that wish to create a memorable experience worth living while getting acquainted with the diversity and magnificence of Crete. Our aim is to give our guests an insight of the Cretan culture by interacting with the local people, enjoying nature, and discovering local gastronomy.

Major Landmarks

  • The municipal market

  • The synagogue Etz Hayyim

  • Firkas fortress

  • The Lighthouse

  • The Minoan city of Kydonia

  • The old Turkish district of Splatzia

  • The Venetian dockyards

  • The mosque

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts in front of the municipal market on the south entrance. If you have your own car there is outdoor parking on the east side of the market that you may try your luck. If not, try the parking on Nikiforou Foka street. If you come by bus or taxi there is a bus stop just in front of the market.

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Places to stop along the way

We invite you to visit the municipal market to taste local delicacies such as olives and cheese (open MON/WED/SAT 8am-4pm, TUE/THUR 8am-2pm & 5pm -9pm, SUN Closed). Also if you are interested in antiquities you can visit the Archaeological museum on Chalidon street. (open daily 8am-8pm, closed on Tuesdays)

Best time of day

During summer months the ideal time would be to do the tour early in the morning or late afternoon due to the heat you may experience during day time.


We advise you to wear comfortable walking shoes and sun hat.


This was a great tour of Chania. The guide was very good, and you can really make a half day out of it. I found myself pausing the tour several times because they take you through really interesting parts of the city.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago

A very nice guide with plenty of information about this beautiful City. Without this guided walk we probably would have gotten lost or missed the best places, very nice for orientation.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago

Great tour, very informative, leaves many possibilities for flexible design, very entertaining and nice

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Very complete tour. It guides you through the different areas of the old town explaining the background history and letting you know the highlights. It took us around 2 hours to complete it without stopping in shops or cafes.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago
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Chania's Turbulent History: A Tour of the Old Town