Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Hania

Hania Archaeological Museum

The setting alone in the beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco is reason to visit this fine collection of artefacts from Neolithic to Roman times. Late-Minoan sarcophagi catch the eye as…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hania

Venetian Harbour

There are few places where Hania's historic charm and grandeur is more palpable than in the old Venetian Harbour. It's lined by pastel-coloured buildings that punctuate a maze of narrow lanes lined with shops and ta…
Top Choice Museum in Hania

Maritime Museum of Crete

Part of the hulking Venetian-built Firkas Fortress at the western port entrance, this museum celebrates Crete’s nautical tradition with model ships, naval instruments, paintings, photographs, maps and memorabilia. O…
Museum in Hania

Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Collection

In the impressively restored Venetian Church of San Salvatore, this small but fascinating collection of artefacts, icons, jewellery and coins spans the period from AD 62 to 1913. Highlights include a segment of a mo…
Church in Hania

Church of Agios Nikolaos

One of Hania’s most intriguing buildings is this Venetian-era church with both a bell tower and a double-balconied minaret – the latter replaced a second bell tower during its stint as a mosque under Turkish rule. I…
Fortress in Hania

Firkas Fortress

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 protect the city from marauding pirates and invading Turks. Th…
Fort in Hania

Siavo Bastion

The best-preserved section of Hania's massive outer fortifications are the western ramparts that run from Firkas Fortress to the Siavo Bastion. The latter was one of four bastions anchoring a defensive system begun …
Lighthouse in Hania

Lighthouse

The lighthouse at the mouth of the Venetian Harbour is one of Hania's landmarks, sparkling at sunset and then illuminated after dark. The stone tower rises 21m above a stone base and was built in the 16th century by…
Synagogue in Hania

Etz Hayyim Synagogue

Crete’s only remaining synagogue (dating from the 15th century) was badly damaged in WWII and reopened in 1999. It sports a mikve (ritual bath), tombs of rabbis and a memorial to the local Jews killed by the Nazis. …
Historic Building in Hania

Grand Arsenal

Impressively restored from a roofless ruin, the 16th-century Venetian arsenal was the last of the 17 shipyard buildings in Hania's Venetian Harbour. After stints as a school, a hospital and city hall, it is now home…