This tour begins a stone’s throw from the old Venetian harbor and its impressive lighthouse. From there, we’ll enjoy a slow wander through tiny alleyways, filled with Venetian houses. We’ll pass museums where you can have a look inside, if you like. (The early Minoan artifacts that were found nearby are amazing.) We’ll also visit the huge Fortezza with its magical domed mosque and its excellent panoramic views over both the city and the Aegean Sea. I’ll also share the secret to traditional Cretan phyllo pastry at a pastry workshop where the passionate owner is the last person on Crete that still uses the traditional method. You can buy a piece of baklava or kadaifi if you like, then we’ll move on to the Neratze Mosque with her elegant minaret. All the time close to the Venetian harbour terraces where students and retirees sit side by side.
Along the way, you'll hear about:
How the city got its name
The impact of the Ottoman Turks
The cruel story behind the Four New Martyrs church
The architect and builder of the Venetian Loggia
The layout inside the Greek Orthodox Church and its religious traditions
Why and how Byzantine icons are so special on Crete
What the memorial posters you see everywhere on the electricity poles and walls mean
Let’s have fun together and encounter this Venetian pearl of Crete!