Nea Hora Beach


Hania's in-town beach is only a 10-minute walk west of the Venetian Harbour. The 500m-long yellow-sand strip is backed by tavernas and holiday-apartment rentals. Fairly shallow, it's good for kids and popular with locals at weekends.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Hania attractions

1. Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection

0.52 MILES

In the impressively restored Venetian Church of San Salvatore, this small but fascinating collection of artefacts, icons, jewellery and coins spans the…

2. Etz Hayyim Synagogue

0.55 MILES

Crete’s only remaining synagogue (dating from the 15th century) was badly damaged in WWII and reopened only in 1999. It sports a mikveh (ritual bath),…

3. Venetian Fortifications

0.56 MILES

Part of a defensive system begun in 1538 by Michele Sanmichele, who also designed Iraklio’s defences, Hania’s massive fortifications remain impressive…

4. Firkas Fortress

0.57 MILES

The Firkas Fortress at the western tip of the harbour heads the best-preserved section of the massive fortifications that were built by the Venetians to…

5. Maritime Museum of Crete

0.57 MILES

Part of the hulking Venetian-built Firkas Fortress at the western port entrance, this museum celebrates Crete’s nautical tradition with model ships, naval…

6. Municipal Art Gallery

0.58 MILES

Hania’s modern art gallery evokes the interior of a boat and presents temporary exhibitions of contemporary works by local and national artists on three…

7. Cretan House Folklore Museum

0.59 MILES

Hania’s interesting Folklore Museum contains a selection of crafts, including weavings with traditional designs; local paintings; and several rooms of a…

8. Venetian Harbour


There are few places where Hania's historic charm and grandeur are more palpable than in the old Venetian Harbour. It's lined by pastel-coloured buildings…