Cretan Chania

Trip Start Sep 14, 2012
Trip End Sep 23, 2012

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Flag of Greece  , Crete,
Friday, September 14, 2012

Excursion: Chania - 3.0
Chania was the capital of Crete after its union with Greece until 1971 when it was moved to Heraklion. Historically, it was destroyed and rebuilt many times as it was passed between several great empires including the Byzantines, the Venetians & the Ottoman Turks, all of which left their distinctive mark on the city.

Decaying Venetian walls surround the old town and protect the harbor suggesting at the city's turbulent past. The Orthodox Cathedral, which marks the center of the city, is flanked by the minarets of smaller mosques and colorful houses. The Topanas district (the historically Jewish & Christian quarters to the west & northwest) holds some of the most picturesque alleys and the old historically Turkish quarter lies to the east.


Squidwilk Tip: as you enter the old town from the bus station, climb the hill to the west (left). The short hike leaves you atop the ancient Venetian bastion where you have the best aerial view of the city.

Squidwilk Tip: walk around the harbor to the lighthouse for a great picture

Squidwilk Tip: stick your feet in the fish spa (€ 5 for 10 min) for the most interesting sensation
Chania - waterfrontSynopsis: a walk through the city is a must if you are anywhere near Chania. Most say it is the most beautiful city in Crete.
Compliment: great beauty lies in the twisting cobblestone streets
Complaint: most restaurants advertise in scandinavian languages alluding to the heavy tourism in the area

Restaurant: Steki - 2.0
2 Food:  local Cretan specialties among other more typical foods
2 Drink:  local wines, beers, and fresh orange juice
3 Service:  good, but on the slow side as the restaurant was busy
2 Price:   € 8-15 for a plate of food
Chania - Steki RestaurentDescription/Other:  the food here is average or even on the poor side, although to be fair, there are many good reviews on the internet. The ambiance is what makes this restaurant nice. It has a cosy niche dug into the ancient buildings for outdoor seating as shown in the photo. Inside is also enticing and more elegant. We ordered gyros and a shrimp dish, both of which were average at best. The couple next to us received two plates of large meat chunks: it seemed like they were not overjoyed since they left the meat and drank a bottle of wine instead... 
Synopsis: quite place for drinks with ambiance; there is better food elsewhere in the city
Compliment: comes with free grapes and raki for desert
Complaint: the food was ok, but disappointing for such an attractive place 
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