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Chaniá (Greek: Χανιά (plural), [xaˈɲa], also transliterated Chania, Hania, and Xania, older form Chanea and Venetian Canea,
Ottoman Turkish خانيه Hanya) is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along
the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 mi) west of Heraklion.
The official population of the municipal unit (the former municipality) is 55,838, while its metropolitan area has 108,310
(2011) inhabitants. This consists of the city of Chania along with 7 towns and villages: Mournies (pop. 6,390), Souda (pop. 5,330),
Nerokouros (pop. 4,175), Daratsos (pop. 3,287), Perivolia (pop. 3,065), Galatas (pop. 2,131) and Vamvakopoulo (pop. 1,769).
View of the Old Port, from the entrarnce of the Naval Museum, Chania. This is an autumn image taken i...
Xenia Hotel , many years ago, was the best hotel of Chania. All major events were taking place there....
South from the harbor square lies the most picruresque and lively part of the old city. Here, inside ...
A small family chapel, incorporated into the mansion of the homonym Venetian-Cretan family, located o...
The History of Crete, the Southest piece of land of Europe continent, encompasses the ancient Minoan civilization. After this civilization was destroyed by natural catastrophes, Crete developed an Ancient Greece influenced organazition of city states, and then successinely became part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Venetian Republic, and the Ottoman Empire.
Modern Crete embraces all western habits and faculties with in a multilayered-multicultured attitude due its history. It's mostly touristic without loosing its traditional nature. Visitors can choose from five stars luxury hotels to traditional villas and from hidden tracks, picturesque beaches to dancing clubs, bars and wild night life. Everyone can find his choise in Crete.