Chania is the second largest town in Crete (50,000 inhabitants) and unquestionably the one which has preserved more of its old character than any other.
Around Kasteli and the harbour, many buildings and even entire neighbourhoods from the Venetian and Turkish periods have been preserved in good condition.
The new part of Chania has been built according to a modern plan with wide streets, parks and fine buildings. Eleftherios Venizelos is particularly honoured here he was born in the village of Mournies near Chania and is buried outside the town, at Akrotiri.
Chania is the starting point for a visit to western Crete, which does not have the wealth of archaeological sites of central and eastern Crete but is unequaled in natural beauty.