Hania is a coastal town and provincial capital in the North West of Crete, with a picturesque harbour and old town area laden with Venetian and Ottoman influences from its past.

It’s our last day in Crete before our late-night flight, so today we took another bus trip along the coast, this time heading west to Hania. One last chance for some sightseeing, along with some souvenir shopping in the narrow lanes of the Old Town. The journey took around an hour from Rethymno, for under 7€ for each single ticket. Arriving at the town’s main bus station, it’s only a few minutes walk to the Old Town area and the harbour.

Chania Harbour
Chania Harbour

We soon found the local market, including a street almost entirely given over to leather goods shops. I treated myself to a nice new wallet made from soft kid leather – the one I bought last year from a Chinese street market was already falling to bits and badly needed replacing!

Continuing downhill past the cathedral brings you to the old Venetian harbour. A really pretty spot for photos, or for stopping for something to eat and drink. The harbour looks fairly shallow around the edges, with the most beautifully crystal-clear water, and shoals of small fish visible just yards away.

Chania Harbour
Chania Harbour

And so to the end of a wonderful week’s holiday in Crete. I’m sure we would love to go back there one day and explore other sights, but there’s still a whole world waiting for us to see!

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